Idaho & Montana Trips

Fly fish the USA with us in July!

SUN 9 JULY – WED 19 JULY2017 BOOKED OUT 

SUN 8 JULY – WED 18 JULY – 2018 TAKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW

VIEW LAST YEAR’S TRIP BROCHURE HERE

Bo with a beautiful Montanan brown troutAt a glance

This trip consists of ten nights and eleven days of amazing dry fly fishing in the Eastern Idaho region that borders Wyoming and is only an hour from Montana and Yellowstone National Park.

There are seven guided days of drift boat fishing included in the base package. Rivers fished include the South Fork of the Snake, the Teton River, the Snake River, the Green, the Henry’s Fork; as well as many, many more. The fishing is as good as anything we have found in all of our adventures around the globe chasing trout.

We provide you with the best guides in the region and some wonderful accommodation. All you need to do is get yourself there and rent an inexpensive car with your fishing partner. And if you don’t have a fishing partner; we will find you one.

Simple really.

2018 marks our ninth year of taking groups to this wonderful part of the fly fishing world. Please read on to learn more about this special trip.

Fly fishing on Slough Creek is like being in your very own postcard

The Details

This trip of 10 nights/days duration to Idaho (ID) is sure to offer up some superb fishing opportunities, falling as it does in the very peak of the high-summer season.

This is a trip suitable for fly fishers of all ages and levels of experience and if you can’t bring a friend with you; we will find someone suitable to pair you up with. This is also a very popular trip for couples, with two couples attending in 2017 and three the year before.

We stay in very comfortable lodgings close to the fishing in Victor (Idaho) for the duration of the trip, placing you right in the middle of some of the best dry fly fishing to be found anywhere.

 

Arriving in Idaho on Sunday July 8 , the fishing starts in earnest the following morning, with five consecutive days of guided fishing Mon 9 – Tues 10 – Wed 11 – Thu 12 – Fri 13 scheduled. There are numerous nearby options for world class fishing on everything from tiny spring creeks to huge tailwaters; and that’s not even including the plethora of rivers in Yellowstone National Park. A mere ninety minutes away.

This is followed in the second week by the South Fork Hilton Trip on MON 16 -TUE 17 JULY. This trip is comprised of a two-day float into a remote wilderness canyon, with an overnight stay in a luxury river camp; complete with plush lodgings, a chef prepared dinner and a top-shelf open-bar. (see the photos below).

It really is amazing to step off the river at day’s end after a huge day of dry fly action, far from the nearest road, and be handed a drink and some appetisers, before a quick shower and dinner by the river.

This has been the highlight of all previous trips to Idaho and it is a lot of fun. The fishing is pretty amazing to boot!

The South Fork Hilton is nothing short o amazing. Thanks to Worldcast Anglers for the use of these photos!
The amazing South Fork River is a dry fly fisher’s paradise

The South Fork Canyon is a remarkable trip; unrivaled scenery and terriffic fishing

Bird’s eye view. Simple too much water to fish
Big dry flies into the banks and technical match the hatch fishing on the gravel bars

When not being guided there are numerous places to fish within a short distance of our accommodation. There are dozens of choices within a 5-90 minute drive with spring creeks, tailwaters, meadow streams, pocket-watered, canyon-walled rivers and high country lakes.

Suffice it to say that for those wanting to fish till they drop, there are endless amounts of water to explore, and through our contacts, we can ensure that you are always on the best water on any given day.

For those wanting to have a ‘holiday’ as well, there are many non-fishing activities to enjoy. Yellowstone National Park’s West Entrance is about 60 minutes away and provides a very interesting 1-2 day tour via the loop roads. Perfect for the weekend off in the middle of the trip. Take binoculars and spot bison, deer, elk, grizzly bears, ospreys and bald eagles and pack a rod to explore any enticing pieces of water that you cross along the way. There are also numerous nearby attractions with the Lower Mesa Falls (50 mins), the town of Jackson Hole (35 mins) and the Grand Teton National Park (30 mins), all only a short drive away.

Getting around on this trip is easy. The roads are excellent and for those renting their own vehicle, there’s plenty of time to head out for breakfast each morning before the guided fishing commences, or to head out afterwards at the end of the day once the fishing is done.

We really recommend getting a car between each pair to allow everyone to be independent. This is important, as over the years we have found that some people like to get up early and explore before going out fishing each day, others prefer to have dinner with only their partner, or to go out and fish the evening rise each night. It also means that the weekend is completely open for exploration. The approximate cost of a small car rental for the ten day period is around $400 USD. That’s $200 each!

The pace of this trip is completely dictated by the individual participants. You can fish until you drop or go at a more relaxed pace. There are seven guided days as part of the base package but the rest is up to each individual/pair/group to decide what they want to do on a day to day basis. Additional guided days can be arranged when you are there, or you can lock the dates now. There is also an option to stay on after the trip ends to fish with us in nearby Yellowstone National Park for a few days as our team stay on until the following Monday.

Breakfasts and dinners can be prepared in the homes in which we are staying, or you can grab something from one of numerous restaurants, cafes and bars in the area. Lunches are provided by the guides on all the fishing days. There is also a wonderful grocery store and supermarket a short 5 minute drive away, for those happy to prepare their own meals.

All of the rivers that we fish have healthy populations of wild cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout, and so this is a trip suitable for everyone. Beginners will find that they catch plenty of fish and advance their skills much more quickly than when fishing the tougher waters back home in Australia. In the past we’ve had an equal number of beginners/experienced fly fishers in the group, and all caught good numbers of fish and felt that they were vastly improved anglers upon their return.

Everyone is welcome on this trip regardless of age/skill/fitness level. While it is perfect for a couple of friends, a small group or a husband/wife or father/son pairing; each year some participants book without a fishing partner, leaving it to us to find them someone suitable to fish with. We work really hard to ensure that we pair the right people, sometimes taking several months to ensure that we make the right match.

This trip is an amazing adventure to some of the best trout rivers to be found anywhere. The dry fly fishing is without equal, and the value that we are able to offer you by ensuring that you have someone to fish with and by the power that a large group booking gives us in acquiring the best accommodation/guides, means that this trip is hard to replicate on your own without spending at least twice as much.

At trip’s end you can continue on fishing and travelling on your own or join us for a few extra days in Yellowstone National Park and also in Montana. By mid-July the meadow streams in the North-East corner of YNP are coming into their own, with superb walk-wade fishing options that require no guides.

A very limited opportunity exists for people to continue on and fish with Bo and myself on JULY 18-23, but this will only be determined when we figure out the composition of the group. At very least there will be the chance to tag along and fish the same areas should you want to add some extra time to your trip.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FISHING IN THE VIDEO BELOW

TRIP  OVERVIEW

DATE                                                      ACTIVITY

Sun JUL 8       Arrive Idaho. Meet up and move into accommodation. Group dinner.
Mon JUL 9    Drift boat fishing guided day included in price
Tues JUL 10    Drift boat fishing guided day included in price
Wed JUL 11     Drift boat fishing guided day included in price
Thur JUL 12    Drift boat fishing guided day included in price
Fri JUL 13        Drift boat fishing guided day included in price
Sat JUL 14       Free Day!
Sun JUL 15     Free Day!
Mon JUL 16     Wilderness Overnight Float Day 1
Tues JUL 17     Wilderness Overnight Float Day 2
Wed JUL 18    Fly home or continue in USA with friends or family or continue on with us to fish in Yellowstone National Park

GETTING THERE

Flying from the east coast of Australia is a relatively simple affair. Flights to Los Angeles depart daily from all east coast capitals. Options flying into San Francisco are also popular and once in the USA there are lots of choices as to how/where you go to arrive. Most fly into Jackson Hole, Wyoming. A mere 45 minute drive from our accommodation in the small town of Victor, Idaho.

We can assist you to make the correct choice based on your specific itinerary.

Without going into too much detail here, your International flights will cost anywhere between $990 and $2500 AUD (Economy) depending on which airline you fly with and whether there are any specials running at the time you book. Return domestic flights within the USA will run between $199 USD (Salt Lake City) -599 USD (Jackson Hole). Those wishing to save on the internal flight can simply fly into Salt Lake City and rent a vehicle there and drive the four hours to Idaho. Alternatively those wanting to stay on and fish at trip’s end are advised to book their outgoing flight from Bozeman (airport code BZN) airport.

Please phone us to discuss the options as we can assist you with any and all aspects of this trip.

HOW MUCH WILL THE WHOLE TRIP COST ME? as of October 2016

All told this trip will cost you around $8000-8500 USD based on the standard package and typical spending amounts. This includes airfares (both INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC), accommodation (10 nights), 7 guided days including the over-nighter, transport, fuel, meals, all tips and fishing licence.

A detailed dot point breakdown of all known costs can be forwarded to you upon request.

KEY REASONS FOR CHOOSING US FOR YOUR USA FLY FISHING TRIP

due to our long standing relationships with the operators in the region, we are able to secure the very best of both the  guides and lodging available – at what is peak fishing time.

we deal with all the outfitters, guides and accommodation providers in the USA on behalf of the group – meaning that you only deal with us. Transactions are with an Australian company that you can trust (24 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 region (Idaho/Montana/Wyoming). We can assist you with every aspect of the trip; from what gear to pack, to which travel insurance policies are best, and everything else in between. We also know most of the better operators across Idaho / Montana / Wyoming region and can help you to organise any extra time that you may have both pre and post trip.

we can offer an incredibly diverse array of world class water to fish. The guiding operation that we will be using in Idaho are licensed to guide across more than a dozen catchments in three states. This allows us an incredible variety of options on any given day.

you will be fishing with a carefully selected group of fellow Australian fly fishers. If you are booking on your own, we will ensure that you have someone to fish with.

upon booking, a detailed itinerary will be provided to all participants, outlining each day of the trip from start to finish. We take care of all the details on your behalf so that you need not worry about a thing. This is a new development as a result of feedback from previous participants.

a small group of 10 participants plus two of our staff (Antony and Bo).

– Antony and Bo will be there to assist should you need any help during the trip. We will meet up with you on SUN 8 and assist you with organising fishing licences, getting you settled in the accommodation and then going to dinner with the group that night. We will be there to make sure everything runs smoothly on the first morning at the flyshop and we will be around for the duration of the trip. We will have a USA cell phone and trip participants will be able to reach us directly.

I WANT TO GO? WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

1. Email or phone to request a copy of our trip brochure.
2. Phone us to discuss your needs and determine whether this trip is a good fit.
3. Visit the ESTA website and get a Visa waiver for travel to the USA.
4. Organise your travel insurance.
5. Book your spot by paying us a 50% deposit of $2850 USD with a balance due no later than February 1, 2017.

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Phone Free Call 1800 458 111 with any questions that you have. We can assist you with all aspects of this trip having lead large groups there since 2010. Whether it is a question about airfares, connection times, visas, travel insurance, car hire, or even what fishing gear to pack; we can help you to make the right choices and to avoid most of the problems likely to be encountered.

Call anytime. We are here to help and would love to have you join our group of Aussie fly fishers visiting Montana in July, 2017.

Please view our price list by clicking here or phone us on FreeCall 1800 458 111 for more information.

Please note the Cancellation Policy before making a booking. ;-)

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