Located in a remote and isolated setting eight miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters – which operates mid July through the end of August – offers isolated wilderness fishing from a well established and comfortable backcountry tent camp. The camp itself is accessed by a day-long horseback ride through some of the most beautiful and remote terrain in the northern Rockies. Once there, you can fish a number of high country lakes, small streams, and Hellroaring Creek for native cutthroat trout. Almost all of the fish in this area are caught using dry flies, making this the ideal destination for those who love to catch fish on the surface using light rods and large attractor flies. Camp accommodations consist of roomy wall tents. Each night at camp you will enjoy a roaring fire and hearty camp meals prepared by the chef.
LOCATION: Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, MT
SEASON: Mid July through the end of August
CAPACITY: Maximum of 10 anglers
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Bozeman, Montana (BZN)
TARGET SPECIES: Cutthroat trout
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Montana fishing license
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
The wilderness fly fishing pack trip is run out of Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters' base camp located eight miles north of Yellowstone National Park in the heart of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and the Gallatin National Forest. The recommended five day fishing and pack trip includes one day to pack in, three days to fish, hike, ride or explore, and one day to pack out. The pack trip into camp is approximately a 6 hour ride through magnificent country. You will typically stop for lunch on the Continental Divide which is about half way to the camp. Hellroaring Camp sits on the edge of Bull Moose Meadow where three different forks of Hellroaring Creek come together. It is truly one of the most beautiful trout settings that you will ever lay your eyes on. Camp accommodations consist of cozy and roomy carpeted wall tents with padded cots. The camp also features a hot shower, which is much appreciated after a day on the trail or a day’s fishing at high altitude. Each night you will enjoy a roaring campfire and eat in a central dining tent with delicious food prepared by the camp cook.
Food and Beverages
You will eat in a central dining tent with delicious food prepared by the camp cook. Expect hearty "camp fare" with plenty of thick steaks, chops, chicken, and fish.
Typical Length of Stay
The recommended package is a (5) day excursion (one day in on horseback, three days fishing, and one day on horseback back to the trailhead). All trips, however, can be completely customized. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While the backcountry offers numerous angling opportunities, non-anglers will no doubt enjoy the trip just as much. Wildlife is abundant in the area with elk, deer, wolves, bears, eagles, and coyotes all calling this wilderness area home. Sightings of grizzly and black bears in the backcountry are common. Hiking, eating great food, reading, and relaxing are all important elements of this trip. The Absaroka Beartooth Outfitter wranglers and guides are well acquainted with the area where you will be riding, fishing, hiking, and exploring. Safety is their number one priority.
Internet / Communications
There is no internet available at the camp. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best once in the backcountry.
Part of each fishing day will typically be spent on horseback riding to new fishing destinations. The streams, lakes, and rivers that Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters targets are among the most prolific and beautiful in all of Montana. The fishing locations are extremely remote and pristine, with healthy populations of native cutthroat trout. The fish do not get much angling pressure over the course of a year and are usually very cooperative, eating dry flies regularly.
Generally, basic attractor fly patterns are all that you will need. During the late summer weeks, hopper fishing can be fantastic. The high country is absolutely loaded with aggressive and willing cutthroat. One of the most effective techniques on the stream and in the lakes is to use a dry fly with a bead head nymph dropper. The weather during the summer months is usually very comfortable. Average daytime temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees. On clear nights the temperatures can range from 20 to 40 degrees, so we suggest that you come come prepared for the changing temperatures.
Boats and Equipment Required
Absaroka Beartooth's backcountry camp is accessed by horseback, and all horses, wrangling assistance, and guiding are included in each package. The horses and mules used by ABO are well suited to the mountain terrain. They have clocked in many hours in the mountains and are as dependable as horses and mules can be. Previous riding experience is helpful but not required.
How To Get There
Anglers traveling to Big Timber, Montana from out of state will want to fly to Bozeman, Montana (BZN). For those who are driving to Montana, Yellow Dog will arrange a meeting time and place in Big Timber, MT. If you fly in and do not want to rent a car, the outfitter can provide you with shuttle service from Bozeman to your hotel in Big Timber the day before your trip begins, and return you to your hotel in Bozeman at the end of the trip.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Big Timber is located on Interstate 90 directly between Bozeman and Billings. The trailhead is located about 45 miles south of Big Timber. The backcountry camp (Hellroaring Camp) is a 16 mile horseback ride from the trailhead and is located eight miles north of Yellowstone National Park. If you are driving to Montana, plan on staying in Big Timber the night before your pack trip begins. There are two hotels in Big Timber where you can reserve rooms. The first is the historic Grand Hotel and Restaurant (406-932-4459) and the second is the Big Timber Super 8 Motel (406-932-8888).
If you are flying to Montana, make your reservations to arrive into Bozeman (BZN) a day before your trip begins. Once you arrive in Bozeman you will still have an hour drive from the Bozeman airport to your hotel in Big Timber. While the service into Bozeman is usually very good, it is a college town and popular tourism hub, so be sure to make your reservations early. You will want to make a hotel reservation in Big Timber for the day before your trip begins and in Bozeman for your outgoing night.
Montana fishing licenses are available at all area fly shops and sporting goods stores, or online by visiting the following website: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. You will need to present a valid driver's license in order to purchase your fishing license.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and based on at least two anglers on a trip. Custom trips are available upon request. Please call Yellow Dog for more details.
$2,200.00 per person
2018 Trip Dates
July 25 - 29
July 31 - August 4
August 6 - 10
August 12 - 16
August 18 - 22
August 24 - 28
- 4 nights of camping
- 3 full days of fishing
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Transportation to and from the Absaroka Beartooth headquarters in Big Timber, MT to the trailhead (reccomend driving their own your own)
- Lunch during transfer days
- Use of horses, mules, and all tack
What's Not Included
- Transportation to Big Timber, MT
- Incoming and outgoing nights lodging before and after trip along with any additional transportation cost
- Fishing licenses
- Sleeping bag & pillow (bring your own)
- Fishing equipment, flies, or terminal tackle
- Gratuities for guides or camp staff
For those interested in big game hunting, Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters offers a complete fall hunting program. They offer both bow and rifle big game hunts for elk, deer, moose, goat, bear, and sheep. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
"Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters stands out among the many hunting, fishing, and pack trip operations in Montana. While it is unique for a number of reasons, it really stands out for its exclusivity. I challenge you to find a better camp with a better location anywhere in the region! Only a limited number of individuals get the chance to travel through this pristine wilderness from July through November. For these lucky few, it means the experience of a lifetime."
- Chad H. (Whitehall, Montana)
"We had the BEST TIME! Cameron was awesome, tending to our every need and ensuring we had a terrific time. The scenery was fabulous, accommodations very very suitable, and the weather fantastic. It was everything you said it would be and MORE!!! We are already planning our next trip. Cameron is genuinely the BEST outfitter and people person who works very hard to make things so special."
- Joani and Keith
"Absaroka Beartooth did an outstanding job! The landscape, horses, and especially the people were off the charts. My 14 year old had as much fun chopping wood as catching his first trout on a fly. Cameron and his crew were professional as well as entertaining; we will certainly want to return next year!"