Fly Fishing the Wild Backpacking Trip

Fly Fishing the Wild Backpacking Trip

$1,852.50
Dates:
September 2 - 9
Location:
Gardiner, Montana
Meals Included?:
No
Instructors:
Jesse Logan, Ph.D., Steve Harvey
Audience Type:
Adult
Program Type:
Field Seminars
Program Subject:
Backpacking, Fly Fishing

Yellowstone National Park is one of the premier fly-fishing destinations in the United States, if not the world. There are places where you can catch more and bigger trout, but nowhere else can you catch native Yellowstone cutthroat trout in company of the full complement of wildlife that was present at the time of Louis and Clark. Wildness is the thing that sets fishing in Yellowstone apart from anywhere else in the contiguous US. This field seminar will visit one of the wildest of the wild, Yellowstone River south the SE arm of Yellowstone Lake, the true “upper” Yellowstone. We will be shuttled by boat from Lake Lodge to a remote campsite near the SE arm of the Lake. From there we will spend the next six days exploring this wild region and fishing these pristine waters. Our trip will include two two-night “base” camps to allow plenty of on-water time, and optionally explore the high-country of the Colter Peak massif.

About the instructors

Jesse has spent all his life in the Rocky Mountain West and has been an avid fly fisherman for most of that time. He holds certificates from the National Association of Interpretation, Leave No Trace, and the Yellowstone Association. He brings these skills and a lifetime of experience backpacking and fly-fishing backcountry water to this field seminar. He is co-Editor and Contributing Map editor for the award winning (Big Sky Award, High Plains Book Award finalist, and Independent Publishers Gold Medal) book Voices of Yellowstone’s Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

Building his first fly rod at the age of 12, Steve has spent a lifetime chasing trout and a variety of other fish all over the world. Now, with his true passion clear, he now lives 3 miles from the park boundary and 25 minutes from the Lamar River. Certified as a casting instructor in 2001 and continuing that education through the Wulff Casting Instructor School in 2015, Steve has taught fly fishing for the Yellowstone Institute since 2015. As an experienced mountaineer, SAR volunteer, climber, skier and hiker, Steve’s passions revolve around his outdoor experience and familiarity with Yellowstone and the surrounding mountains.

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Fly Fishing the Wild Backpacking Trip

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SUMMER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Be prepared to hike up to 1 mile per day, comfortably, through relatively flat terrain on maintained trails.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 3 miles per day, comfortably, with elevation gains up to 600 feet. Some off-trail hiking possible.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 5 miles per day, comfortably, with occasional elevation gains up to 1000 feet in undulating terrain.
  • Be prepared to hike up to 8 miles per day, at a brisk pace, comfortably, with climbs up to 1500 feet on dirt trails. Loose rocks, uneven footing, and off-trail hiking are possible. Good coordination is recommended.
  • Be prepared for brisk aerobic, destination-oriented hiking up to 12 miles a day. You should be physically conditioned to do these hikes comfortably. Elevation changes up to 2000 feet on dirt trails or off-trail. Loose rock, uneven footing, steep hillside traverses, and stream crossings are possible. Good coordination is required.

WINTER ACTIVITY LEVEL SCALE

  • Leisurely hikes up to 1 mile per day through relatively flat terrain on maintained or snow-packed trails.
  • Hikes on snow-packed trails, or snowshoe or ski trips, up to 3 miles per day with climbs up to 250 feet.
  • Brisk hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing up to 5 miles per day with climbs up to 500 feet, including some trail-breaking in snow.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 8 miles per day with climbs up to 1000 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.
  • Brisk aerobic snowshoeing or skiing up to 12 miles per day with climbs up to 1500 feet; or steep, rugged, off-trail skiing or snowshoeing—including breaking trail in variable snow conditions.