We’ve enjoyed an outstanding summer of fly fishing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness this year as both weather and water conditions have been ideal. From drop float trips on the South Fork of the Flathead River, to lazy days of fly fishing and horseback riding near our camp on the South Fork tributaries, it has been an action packed summer! While the South Fork of the Flathead River is a well known destination and at the top of the list for many of our anglers, most are surprised to find out that the fishing for wild cutthroat trout near our camp on the tributaries is every bit as good – if not better than the South Fork itself.
In a week of fishing you’ll never need to tie on a nymph if you choose. It’s dry fly fishing all day, every day for strong, healthy cutthroat in the 12 to 16 inch range. It’s not uncommon for anglers to hook into fish over 18 inches just a short walk from our camp. One avid Montana fisherman recently told us that he thinks it’s some of the best fishing anywhere in Montana. Of course we’d have to agree!
Meanwhile, fishing for Bull Trout on the South Fork has also been productive. One of our anglers recently landed a beautiful, 27” bull trout.
The fishing on the South Fork of the Flathead and its tributaries is outstanding for good reason. It’s extremely remote. Our camp in the Bob Marshall Wilderness is 16 miles from the nearest trailhead. Most of our clients do this in a leisurely daylong horseback ride and some choose to walk. But the distance to this area is in large part responsible for its solitude and excellent fishing.
Water in both the South Fork and its tributaries has been in good condition this year. We have been pleased to see very strong insect hatches, including stoneflies, caddis and a number of different mayflies. Over the past couple of weeks, yellow sally and caddis patterns have been the hot ticket for our guests.
Here are some photos from our recent Bob Marshall fly fishing trips: