AT A GLANCE
- this trip offer was updated on Friday 24th September, 2021
- We are now taking expressions of interest for this trip in July 2022. No desposit is required to express an interest.
- SCHEDULED DATES:
|SUN 10th JULY – FRI 22nd, JULY, 2022 – Confirmed|
|SUN 19th JUNE – FRI 1st JULY, 2022 – Will become availalble once JULY trip fills|
|SUN 18th JUNE – FRI 30th, JUNE, 2023|
|SUN 9th JULY – FRI 21st, JULY, 2023|
- This is the ultimate Montana trip with three separate legs across three regions.
- Nine days of guided fly fishing and twelve nights of accommodation
- One weekend i.e. two days of sightseeing to historical sites and in Yellowstone National Park or we can arrange more fishing on these days too.
- Includes all transport, accommodation and guided fishing.
- A chance to fish the famed Bighorn, Yellowstone, Missouri, Beaverhead, Madison and Big Hole rivers in Montana; and the Henry’s Fork, South Fork and Teton rivers in Idaho.
- Comfortable twin-share accommodation.
- We use only the best available local guides available. Please note that our staff are not guiding on this trip. If you would like a day or two of drift boat fishing with us please let us know as we will have our own boats and will be fishing the same rivers.
- Lunches are included on all guided days.
- Strictly limited numbers. Only 10 anglers per trip.
- Suitable for all fly fishers regardless of age / experience / fitness level.
- Bring a friend or let us find you a partner. Couples are most welcome.
- PRICE of $7,900 U.S.D. per person.
- Group self-drive discounts apply for bookings of four or more spots. So bring another couple or rustle up a group of friends and SAVE.
- Read our TripAdvisor reviews and see what our clients have to say about these superb trips to North America.
|SAMPLE TRIP ITINERARY|
|DAY 1||Sunday||Arrive Bozeman Montana airport and drive to Craig, Montana.|
|DAY 2||Monday||Full day fishing Missouri River.|
|DAY 3||Tuesday||Full day fishing Missouri River.|
|DAY 4||Wednesday||Full day fishing Missouri River.|
|DAY 5||Thursday||Drive 2.5 hours to Dillon, Montana. Full day fishing Beaverhead.|
|DAY 6||Friday||Full day fishing Beaverhead, Madison, Ruby, Big Hole, Jefferson|
|DAY 7||Saturday||Drive 2.5 hours to West Yellowstone, Montana. Rest day sightseeing.|
|DAY 8||Sunday||Rest day sightseeing or fishing then drive 2 hours to Victor, Idaho..|
|DAY 9||Monday||Full day fishing South Fork, Teton, Snake, Green, Henry’s Fork.|
|DAY 10||Tuesday||Full day fishing South Fork, Teton, Snake, Green, Henry’s Fork.|
|DAY 11||Wednesday||Full day fishing South Fork, Teton, Snake, Green, Henry’s Fork|
|DAY 12||Thursday||Full day fishing South Fork, Teton, Snake, Green, Henry’s Fork|
|DAY 13||Friday||Drive 45 mins to Jackson Hole Airport. End of trip.|
This whirlwind road trip of Montana and Idaho begins in Bozeman, Montana and ends twelve days later in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Participants will be met at Bozeman airport and then driven to 2h 20m to our first stop for three nights and three days fishing on the fabled Missouri River with guides sourced through Jerry Lappier and Chris Goodman of The Troutshop.
|LOCATION 1||RIVERS TO BE FISHED||# OF NIGHTS|
|Craig, MT.||Missouri River||4|
Staying on the best section of the ‘Mighty Mo’; one of the world’s best fly fishing rivers, you will be well-placed for the three days of drift boat and/or wade fly fishing to follow. This upper section of the river, immediately below the Holter Dam and near the town of Craig, can best be described as ‘spring creek’ like and is jam-packed with good-sized brown and rainbow trout.
It is approximately 50-90 metres wide and mostly 3-5 feet deep with amazing weed-beds, and stupendous numbers of aquatic insects.
Perfect trout habitat.
It has ridiculous numbers of both brown and rainbow trout, the sizes of which regularly see it ranked among the best trout fisheries in the lower 48. We guarantee that you will see more trout than you’ve ever seen before. And you’ll catch quite a few of them too.
Drifts will start by 9 a.m. and go through until around 5 p.m., with the option to start as early as 6.30 – 7 a.m. for those who want to try their hand at trico fishing at first light and beat the afternoon heat.
We use only the best of the local guides sourced through our great friends Chris and Jerry at The Troutshop in Craig. They are living legends on this river, and they operate one of the finest Flyshops / Outfitters to be found anywhere in the world.
So rest assured that you will be in the very best of hands.
While morning can offer insane hatches and dry fly fishing, the evening rises can also be out of this world. Huge caddis hatches, with some duns popping and spinner falls; occur most evenings. For those wanting to fish ’til they drop, we can sneak back out to some great areas to fish the last hours of day.
That being said, we find that most trip participants have caught enough fish during the day to not feel compelled to go back out on evening. Most preferring to have few drinks before retiring at a decent hour in order to repeat the entire cycle the following day.
Please note that the option to fish the evening rise on the Missouri is available each night with plenty of good wading easily accessible from roadside access points.
|LOCATION 2||RIVERS TO BE FISHED||# OF NIGHTS|
|Dillon, MT.||Beaverhead, Big Hole, Madison||2|
On the fourth morning, after three very big days of fishing; we make the short 2hr 30m drive to Dillon, Montana; for the second leg of the trip. Arriving by 9am, we will drop you at the local outfitters so that you can hit the river early, then we will shuttle your luggage to the accommdoation for the next two nights.
Here you will get the opportunity to fish the incredible Beaverhead River with its trophy brown trout. This is a small, narrow, meandering river, with excellent dry fly and nymph fishing. Also within striking distance of the town of Dillon are the Big Hole, Jefferson, Ruby and Madison rivers. All world-class fisheries in their own right. There are simply too many blue ribbon rivers to fish in this region; and the days here will meld into a kaleidoscope of good-sized fish, spectacular scenery and warm summer weather.
Bo releasing a fish on the Beaverhead River, Montana.
|LOCATION 3||RIVERS TO BE FISHED||# OF NIGHTS|
|West Yellowstone, MT.||TBA||1|
With greater angling pressure on the weekends, Saturday and Sunday are set aside for sightseeing, touring and relaxing. Do a tour of the Flyshops in the area, visit a ghost town, or spend some extended time in Yellowstone National Park. Think geysers, wildlife and some stunning scenery. We can even arrange some extra guided fishing should you wish to cram in as much fishing in as possible or simply go fishing with us or without a guide for a more relaxed vibe.
Saturday night will be spent in West Yellowstone, but on Sunday morning we depart on a two hour drive to Victor, Idaho for five nights and four amazing days of fishing. Most participants choose to wade fish the Teton River after settling into their accommodation early Sunday afternoon.
|LOCATION 3||RIVERS TO BE FISHED||# OF NIGHTS|
|Victor, ID.||Snake, South Fork, Henry’s Fork, Teton||5|
The town of Victor is located in the quiet and often overlooked Teton Valley. This picturesque valley, and the areas immediately adjacent, are a hidden treasure and are home to some of the best dry fly rivers in the entire USA. The South Fork of the Snake. The Teton. The Henry’s Fork are but a few of the legendary streams within short driving distance of our accommodation. Not to mention the Snake River; a mere half hour over the pass into Wyoming.
Each of the aforementioned rivers would make it onto a ‘world’s top ten dry fly rivers’ list; all having world-class hatches and big numbers of fish. Some having upwards of 7,000 trout per mile.
The South Fork offers an almost unparalleled drift boat fishing experience. From run-and-gun blind fishing the banks with big rubber-legged flies; to stalking shallow gravel bars covered with cutthroat trout feeding on the Pale Morning Dun (PMD) hatch. This incredible river is located only 35 minutes from our accommodation.
The small and intimate Teton River is almost the polar opposite of the South Fork with both excellent drift boat and wade fishing on offer. A large spring creek with plenty of slow water and numerous fish rising to myriad bug hatches that include PMD’s, tricos, yellow sallies and many other mayfly and caddis species. It also has tremendous terrestrial fishing, as well as a canyon trip that has to be experienced to be believed, with the launch itself requiring a team of guides to get the boat to the bottom of a mountain using ropes, pulleys and lots of effort!
In this valley you will find fishing and scenery that is hard to match; and we believe it is the perfect location at which to end the trip.
This will be our eleventh consecutive year of fishing this valley with groups of clients from Australia.
WorldCast Anglers will be providing the guides on this leg. Mike and the team offer an exemplary guide service and have been looking after our groups for many years now.
After four days of guided fishing and four nights lodging in Victor, the trip will end the following day at Jackson Hole airport where people can fly home or continue onto the next leg of their trip.
WATCH THE VID LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FISHING IN THE TETON VALLEY
On this trip, we provide all of the transport so you don’t need to worry about car rentals, the cost of fuel, having reception for Google Maps; or driving on the opposite side of the road!
We will collect you from Bozeman Airport at the beginning of the trip, and drop you off at Jackson Hole Airport at trips end. Travelling in late model SUVs, there will be plenty of room for both you and your bags to travel in comfort.
Travel days are scheduled to allow a break from the fishing and so that you have a chance to see and experience more of Montana away from river. You can still fish on these days if that is your preference.
All accommodation is included and is of a high standard. Wherever possible we rent comfortable, well-appointed homes near to the fishing. Some homes will require that you share a room with other members of your party. In others you may be fortunate enough to secure a room to yourself.
Couples will always get a private room and en-suite of their own. We often have more than one couple on these trips allowing us to rent a separate home just for them.
Bring a group of four or more and we will get you your own house in each location.
Sourcing suitable quality accommodation in these destinations is extremely difficult for these high-season dates, with demand hugely outstripping supply and most places booking out 10 – 12 months in advance. We use our connections to secure the right places for our groups.
On the guided days, lunch will be provided by your guides. Breakfasts and dinners are pay your own way and mostly eaten out, with the former easily purchased from one of several establishments that cater to anglers looking to grab a quick breakfast on the go on the way to the river. In regard to dinners, there are a number of good dining options in each of the towns we visit. For those who prefer to self-cater, please note that all of the homes we rent have fully-equipped kitchens.
NOT INCLUDED – BUT AVAILABLE – SOUTH FORK HILTON TRIP
All participants will have the opportunity to book the South Fork Hilton trip. This two-day, 26 mile float takes anglers into the heart of the South Fork Canyon, and is a chance to experience what is one of the great overnight fly fishing trips. It includes: a professional guide and drift boat, a deluxe tent camp, private chef, fresh water spring, 2-days guided fishing, meals, drinks, use of Orvis rods/reels, and transportation. This is an additional component that can be added to your trip, replacing two days of regular fishing on the last leg in Idaho. Prices on Application.
Our Montana Trip will offer up a veritable feast of dry fly fishing opportunities, falling as it does at the very peak of the northern hemisphere, high-summer fishing season. It is suitable for fly fishers of all ages, fitness and / or experience levels; and to date has been popular with couples, families, and groups / pairings of friends.
With the vast majority of the fishing being done out of drift boats, there is no need to walk big distances, or navigate rough terrain. Over the years we have had clients ranging in age from 16 – 81 years of age.
This trip is suitable for pairs or larger groups. If you are a single angler wanting to come along; please contact us and we will find you a fishing partner.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
9 days of guided drift boat and/or walk/wade fishing, 12 nights of comfortable accommodation, lunches on all guided days, and all transport in late model Chevy Suburban (or similar) vehicles.
All you need to do is get yourself to the starting point of Bozeman Airport (Airport code BZN) by the scheduled start date.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Flights to and from Bozeman, meals (see above), fishing licences, flies (supplied by the guides but not included in price), tips/gratuities to guides.
Please phone us on 03 5773 2513 or 0418 995 611 to discuss the trip in more detail.
KEY REASONS FOR CHOOSING US FOR YOUR USA FLY FISHING TRIP
– due to our long standing relationships with people in the fly fishing industry in the U.S.A. – and because we book twelve months in advance – we secure some of the best guides and accommodation at each location / river.
– these trips are limited to a maximum of 10 participants and we will have 2 – 3 GVFFC staff (Anthony, Bo and Lachie) assisting for the duration to ensure that all goes smoothly. We do all the driving and organising. You do all the fishing!
– we deal with all the outfitters, guides and accommodation providers in the U.S.A. on behalf of our group – meaning that you only deal with us. Transactions are with an Australian company that you can trust (27 years in business) and who you can phone/visit at any time to discuss any aspect of the trip.
– we have extensive experience traveling to and from, as well as within the regions we fish in Idaho/Montana/Wyoming. As such, we can assist you with all aspects of the trip; from what gear to pack, to which travel insurance policies are best, and everything else in between. We can also assist you to organise any extra fishing / touring time that you may have, either pre or post trip including additional components with our team (Anthony – Bo – Lachie).
– our team will be there to support you for the duration of the trip; staying either nearby or in the same accommodation and providing transportation. Guided fishing will be booked through some of the best outfitters in the U.S.A. We are not guiding on this trip, but we will be available to assist you and you will get the opportunity to fish with us on at least one day should you wish. We have been running these trips since 2010.
I’M INTERESTED IN GOING? WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
1. Phone us to discuss your needs and determine whether this trip is a good fit.
2. Visit the ESTA website and get a Visa waiver for travel to the USA.
3. Make a formal expression of interest via email, phone or text. No payment required to tentatively book a spot until international borders reopen.
4. Book your spot by paying us a 50% deposit once international travel is officially confirmed. Organise your travel insurance.
5. Balances are due no later than March 31, 2021.
Phone us on 03 5773 2513 with any questions that you have. We are available from 8am – 10pm, every single day of the year and we can assist you with all aspects of the trip.
Please note the Cancellation Policy before making a booking. ;-)