Dear Angler and Adventurer,
We want you to really enjoy your fly-fishing and pack trip adventure with us this summer. The intentions of this letter are to limit any confusion about the trip and prepare you as much as possible. Our goal is to make your fishing and pack trip excursion a great experience. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve our service to you.
Our wilderness fly-fishing and pack trips are run out of Hellroaring Camp, located 8 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. We fish some of the most beautiful streams, high country lakes and rivers that Montana has to offer. Our recommended 5-day fishing trip allows us one day to pack in, 3 days to fish, and one day to pack out. The horse pack trip to camp is approximately 5 hours through magnificent country. We stop for lunch on the divide, about a third of the way to camp. Our string of horses and mules are dependable. Previous riding experience is helpful but not required.
Once in camp, you can relax by the creek and enjoy beautiful Bull Moose Meadow. Your sleeping accommodations are in comfortable, carpeted, wall tents with foam padded cots and wood stoves. Propane lanterns are available but most people prefer their head lamps. There are 2 to 4 anglers per tent. A hot shower is also available. We eat in a central eating tent with delicious food prepared by our camp cook. Please let us know of any special dietary needs in advance. If you want any alcoholic spirits be sure to purchase them before leaving Bozeman.
Fishing each day will begin after breakfast. We ride and walk to our various fishing destinations. The creeks and lakes are inhabited by native cutthroat trout. You can spin cast or fly-fish but fly-fishing is our preference. Even the novice will catch fish in these waters. The water is cold so depending on your tolerance level you may want to bring waders.
Please remember to clean all sandals, boots and waders before coming on your trip in order to help protect our waters and wildlife. A good cleaning with 409 will do the trick. Note that Montana is asking it’s anglers to use rubber bottom sandals, boots and waders instead of felt. This is due to the spread of invasive species that can occur with felt.
Flies that typically work in the areas you’ll be fishing include streamers, attractor drys, natural drys and nypmhs. You will find a backcountry fly list with the Wilderness Fishing Equipment and Clothing List. We usually catch and release. Sometimes we pack the mules with kitchen equipment so you can enjoy your catch for lunch.
If you do not want to fish every day there are many ways to enjoy the backcountry. You could spend your days exploring, riding or hiking to various destinations. These might include a hike atop mountains exceeding 10,000 feet in elevation, horseback rides with spectacular views, photography trips filled with abundant wildlife or meadows lush with wildflowers. Maybe you would rather read a book, journal, meditate or paint by one of the pristine streams or high country lakes.
Our guides are well acquainted with the areas where you will be riding, hiking, fishing, and exploring. They are experienced outdoorsmen and flexible to your needs. Whatever your endeavor, our guides are there to assist you every step of the way.
The weather in July and August is usually very comfortable. Daytime temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees. On clear nights the temperatures can range from 20-40 degrees. However, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness weather is variable. Prepare for the changing mountain weather. Be sure to check ABO’s suggested Fishing Equipment List.
The most important thing to remember is a great attitude. Be ready to enjoy an adventurous trip and the special things the mountains have to offer. This will be one for the memory book!
Sincerely,Cameron S. Mayo