Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Fly Fishing & Rafting The Bob Marshall Wilderness

The Bob Marshall Wilderness, Great Bear Wilderness

What’s The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex?

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Black BearThe Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is often overlooked in Northwest Montana. When vacationers are planning Montana adventures, names like Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park cast a shadow over this pristine mountain ecosystem.  Created through the Congressional Wilderness Act of 1964, “The Bob” as people call it, is a preservation of land that is only accessible by foot, horseback, and plane, therefore its one of the quietest and most natural places in the Mountain West.  


At an impressive 1.5 million acres it is the third largest designated wilderness area. Within it is the densest population of grizzly bears in the lower 48. If you’re looking for a true Montana wilderness trip, the Bob Marshall is the place for you. The Bob is broken into three wilderness areas, The Great Bear, The Scape Goat, and The Bob Marshall.  While each is comprised of spectacular mountain features, The Great Bear Wilderness is by far our favorite.

The Great Bear Wilderness

At the heart of this 228,636-acre ecosystem, the life-giving blood is The Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  A 17 mile  wilderness fishing trip or whitewater rafting trip on the Middle Fork is a once in a lifetime experience. Preserved for the enjoyment of current and future generations, The Middle Fork boasts a Wild and Scenic Designation.  This designation is enforced by Congress furthermore preserving certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition in an attempt to conserve precious ecosystems within the United States.  The glacial blue water, colorful argillite river rock, standing lodgepole pines, and surrounding beauty is an unmatched setting for a wilderness getaway.

Best Fishing In the Bob Marshall Wilderness

The best fishing in the Bob Marshall WildernessIn addition to its beauty, The Middle Fork is known for the best fishing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  It’s fairly difficult to access, therefore it receives little fishing pressure. Later in the summer (July and August), the river is teeming with thousands of native Westslope Cutthroat trout, providing anglers with excellent dry fly fishing.

As we mentioned, The Great Bear Wilderness doesn’t receive as many visitors as it should. In result, competition with other anglers is non-existent and many of our guests experience a very exclusive wilderness fishing trip.  Our Great Bear Wilderness fly fishing trip provides guides from an Orvis endorsed outfitter, gear, and a lifetime of memories. We invite you to leave your cell phones behind and take an unforgettable fishing trip in the Great Bear Wilderness.

Take it from New York Times writer Chris Santella!

“Whether I cast Chernobyl ants into the riffles, Stimulators against granite walls bordering deep pools or Elk Hair Caddis in the seams of faster runs, the fish were often ready.”

Great Bear Wilderness Whitewater Rafting

We understand that not every guest who wants a wilderness experience is an angler. That’s why we also offer Great Bear Wilderness whitewater rafting. During Spring, the natural mountain runoff begins. Snow-capped mountains begin to thaw and send water pumping down the Middle Fork. In constricted areas with gradient drops and obstacles, the whitewater rafting is an absolute rush. In June, while we’re still able to access the wilderness by plane, moderate to advanced Class II – IV+ rapids present themselves and make for an adrenaline-filled rafting trip.

During our 4-5 day Great Bear Wilderness whitewater trip, you’ll experience excitement by day and remote riverside camping by night.  Sitting around the campfire is a great time to trade stories and grow closer together. Our guides have spent years perfecting their riverside menu and antics. Delicious food, entertaining guides, and incredibly scenic whitewater rafting make for an all-inclusive adventure. For more information or to book this once in a lifetime trip, visit the Bob Marshall Wilderness fly fishing page or Bob Marshall Wilderness rafting page!

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