Extended Montana Fishing Trips
Planning Your Vacation
Our extended Montana fishing trips are truly the best way to get the most out of your Montana Fishing Vacation. There are many options and variables for most of these trips. We like to work closely with you in planning your vacation itinerary. That helps to ensure we know exactly what you are looking for!
Some of the factors we consider are the make-up of your party. Are you a family with children, a corporate group, friends and fishing buddies, beginners or experienced, hard-core or laid-back? Do you prefer floating, wading, or a combination of the two? These are just some of the factors to consider when planning your trip.
These are our favorite Montana Fishing Trips on our home waters, right here in our backyard:
We can begin fishing the Blackfoot by raft or boat about 18 miles downriver from Lincoln, for nearly 100 river miles to the confluence with the Clark Fork River. The length of each day’s float can range from 3 to 12 miles. Float into your “full-service” riverside camp or drive back to our base camp each evening to be greeted by our camp chef offering tasty appetizers and cocktails.
Your tent and cots are set up when we get to camp – just make yourself at home. After a hearty home-cooked meal you might want to get in a little evening fishing, go for a stroll, or just lounge around the campfire telling fishing stories over a drink. In the morning, get in a little fishing before breakfast, or sleep in until the enticing aroma of freshly brewed coffee, bacon, and campfire smoke lure you from your cot. After breakfast, we pack up, jump in the boats and head down river for another fun-filled day of float-fishing.
A very popular and much more relaxing option is to “basecamp” mid-river and commute to the various float stretch by vehicle. This eliminates the need to pack and unpack your gear, and the daily task of camp set-up and tear-down, leaving more time for fishing, relaxing, or whatever.
In the Upper Blackfoot Valley, near Lincoln, We have access to over a mile of pristine private ranch land for wade-fishing. In addition, there are numerous access points along nearly 20 miles of the Blackfoot, providing the best mid to late summer wade-fishing you can imagine. Fishing pressure here is light to non-existent, resulting in very cooperative cutthroat and brown trout!
Just over the “Divide”, 32 miles east of Lincoln is the Dearborn River. The North Fork, or “mainstem” is the largest and only seasonally floatable branch. The Dearborn River float fishing season begins on the 3rd Saturday in May and runs until it gets too low to float. Most years we can run until the first week or so of July. Salmonfly and Stonefly hatches can result in some fantastic fishing!
June and the first half of July are the time to float the Smith River. This is one of the most coveted extended float trips in Montana. This is a 60-mile, 5-day, 4-night trip through a mini “Grand Canyon”. The fishing is fantastic, and the scenery is breathtaking!
The bug hatches are prolific and numerous, triggering frantic fish-feeding frenzies. It’s hard to keep your eyes on your fly due to the distracting scenery as you float between sheer towering cliffs impregnated in places with crystals. There are also places ornamented with Indian paintings, and dotted with eagle and osprey nests.
It’s common to see deer, elk, black bears, and all kinds of waterfowl and other birds. This trip begins at “Camp Baker” 26 miles or so from White Sulfur Springs, and ends at “Eden Bridge” 25 miles or so from Ulm, on I-15 just south of Great Falls.
Smith Trips are run in cooperation with Lewis and Clark National Forest Service Special Permit Holder and outfitter Mike Geary.
This gin-clear river runs thru the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness for nearly its full length, south to north. Horses and mules transport us, our boats, and gear 25 to 30 miles (depending upon which trail we take in), then we float the nearly 50 miles out over the course of 4-5 days.
The South Fork is home to an incredible number of Westslope Cutthroat, and the huge Bull Trout (Dolly Varden). The South Fork is one of the very few places in the lower 48 where we may legally fish for these carnivorous monsters!
When you come on a South Fork Trip, if you fly, it will be into either Missoula, Kalispell or Great Falls, depending upon which trailhead we begin the trip from. Each trip may take a different route in, but all will end at the same place, which is nearest to Kalispell.
We conduct very limited and highly coveted South Fork trips under Forest Service Permit #0596-0082. There is a lot more you need to know about a South Fork Trip. Please call today for more information!
If you fly here for your Montana Fishing Trips, we can arrange for your transportation to and from the airport or hotel in the city closest to your trip location. Our guests may fly into or out of Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, or Kalispell, whichever is best logistically. Depending upon the trip, there may be an additional charge for shuttle services. Many groups choose to rent a vehicle for the duration of their stay.
With all these fantastic options to choose from for your Montana Fishing Trips, I’m sure we can put a package together you will be entirely pleased with. So call today, and let’s begin planning your Montana Fishing vacation! You may purchase fishing licenses Here.