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7 DAYS IN THE BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS: PART 1

August 20, 2014

[ PART 1 ]
7 DAYS IN THE BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS
 SOUTH FORK OF THE FLATHEAD RIVER  

 The South Fork of the Flathead is known in the fly fishing world as the Mecca for dry-fly cutthroat fishing, running through the 1.5 million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness, America’s first-ever designated wilderness area. Yellow Dog has partered with one of the top experts on this fishery to offer anglers a one-week trip that completely transects the wilderness area from south to north, right through the deepest, most remote area of “The Bob”

 :: PART 1 ::
Jim Klug reporting from a recent adventure to the South Fork of the Flathead River in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness.




DAY ONE
A great trip into the Bob started with a 28-mile ride in on horses (ouch!) and our first night camped on a feeder small creek before we reached the main section of the Flathead. A few morning casts quickly produced some chunky native cutthroats that seemed to rise to just about any dry fly with reckless abandon. This is a long trip into a very remote part of Montana, but so far it is shaping up well!

DAY TWO
Arrival at the confluence of Young’s Creek and the South Fork of the Flathead. A beautiful place to camp, with great scenery. I walked about five miles back upstream with my buddy Joe, where we discovered plenty of fat, eager cutthroat stacked in the log jams of the tiny braids and channels.


DAY THREE 
We say goodbye to the horses and mules and head downstream in the boats on the main river. The first bull trout of the trip is landed, and the scenery is becomes even more incredible with every mile that float downstream. It is pretty amazing to be fishing a river that is home to only native Montana fish (cutthroat, bull trout and whitefish.



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