South Fork Flathead River Fly Fishing
South Fork Flathead River Fly Fishing is the best you will find anywhere – period. This gin-clear river runs through the Bob Marshall Wilderness for nearly its full length, south to north. Horses and mules transport us, our boats and gear 20 to 26 miles (depending upon which trail we take in and the itinerary).
While the trip in can be done in one very long day, we prefer to allow for two days’ travel for the comfort of our guests and the well-being of the stock. Mid-afternoon of day 2 you will be off the horses and on the river!
Time for South Fork fly fishing!
While you wash off the trail dust, have a drink and relax or go fishing, the crew sets up camp and gets dinner going. Then its time to inflate boats and bolt frames together! Depending upon the trip, we will often stay at this camp for 2 nights. Anglers absolutely love wade fishing this upper reach. The small size and the gravel bottom of the upper river make it easy to wade fish. Usually, just one guide will accompany the anglers while the remaining guides finish up with the boats.
This is outstanding fishing, as there is a wild cutthroat trout everywhere in the river you would expect one to be – and some in places you would NOT expect them to be. From there we float the approximately 50 miles out over the course of 4 – 5 days.
The South Fork Flathead River 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. Whether you are a veteran angler or a first-time beginner, you will be thrilled and amazed at the numbers and size of the Westlope Cutthroat Trout. this truly is a trip of a lifetime.
When you go on a South Fork Flathead River Fly Fishing Trip, you will fly 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 the same place, which is nearest to Kalispell. If you drive there are many different options regarding Where we meet and where your vehicle is parked for the week. Many guests choose to have their vehicle shuttled to the Meadow Creek Trailhead where our journey ends.
We conduct very limited and highly coveted South Fork Flathead River Fly Fishing Trips under Forest Service Permit #0596-0082. There is lot’s more you need to know about a South Fork Trip, so please call today for more information! Please Click Here for the description provided by the forest service.
Ready to fish the South Fork of the Flathead River? Contact us today! We are currently booking trips for 2020 and 2021. Please call or email today for pricing and availability!