This September we offer you the chance
to fish the
streams which Lewis and Clark first explored in their search for the
northwest passage. We will enjoy a variety of rivers, starting with
the Missouri and progressing gradually to Blackfoot, the Clark Fork
near Missoula and major tributaries of the Clark Fork. By going in September we
allow the summer crowds to thin out, while the fish are usually quite active
and offer chances on dry flies as well as subsurface fare. I fished
these rivers each September from 2001 - 2010 with my friend Flip
Jennings, and usually with his brother-in-law Eddie Myers, pictured
trip will start in the Great Falls area floating the Missouri River, home of
big browns and rainbows. We will be staying overnight at a house or cabin
setup near Craig along the Missouri River. In
our pursuit of rainbows and browns we will be float fishing with experienced
guides who know the Missouri well.
Midweek we will proceed west over the continental divide to the Clark Fork
watershed where we plan to float fish the upper Clark Fork above Missoula
and the Blackfoot with experienced guides. We enjoyed these rivers
in 2010 soon after the Bonner dam was broken open to allow free passage
of the Blackfoot to confluence with Clark Fork. (I nearly got a
speeding ticket in Bonner but cop let me off after wrenching numerous
secrets out of me of fishing hotspots in Missoula area. Don't know
as many as the local guides but I know enough thanks to trips with
Flip.) These rivers offer the ideal combination of beautiful
scenery and excellent fishing. The
Blackfoot was the river on which A River Runs Trough It was based
(though the scenes were filmed elsewhere at the time because of a recent
fire on the Blackfoot.)
If you like what you see, let me know of your interest ASAP, as the
guides in this area have a fairly short season and need to know our
headcount sooner versus later. Unlike last year the guides and lodging
owners tell me that the slots are filling up fast and I do believe it
because we are noticing considerably more travel plans on the apart of our
guide clients so far this year.
September 6 - 14, 2017
A brief summary of our itinerary as it stands now:
Wed September 6 – Fly
into Great Falls or Missoula from various origins. (We will
pick choice soon so don't lock in flight yet until we set choice
unless you have your own transportation.) Spend first night near the
Missouri River Craig / Cascade area.
Thurs September 7 - Sat September 9 –
Float fish various stretches of the Missouri River with guides, two
per boat. Certainly float near Cascade, possibly one day from
Dam to Craig. Stay in a local house or cabin setup in the Craig
area--same cabin as Wed night.
– Drive to lodge in Blackfoot River area. Overnight at lodge in the Seely area
near the Blackfoot
Mon Sep 11 - Thurs September 14 – Float fish with
guides on the Blackfoot, Clark Fork Rivers. Possibly Bitterroot
as well. One guided walk & wade day on Rock Creek.
Thurs September 14 evening – On your own
Missoula area or catch flights back home. If there is a group
consensus we can stay overnight in Missoula area.
Trip price: $4350 if we get 6 in group
$4950 if 5.
$5750 if 4 in group.
(As of Feb 23 we have 4 and
others on the line. I really think we'll get others before final
Deposit $2000 reserves your spot (Payable to Anglers
Lane PO Box 1265 Forest, VA 24551) due upon
due Aug 1.
Included: Lodging and meals from Sep 6
dinner through Lunch Sep 14.
All guided fishing trips. Transfers to & from airport.
Not included: Airfare; Gratuities for guides;
alcoholic beverages; fishing licenses.
Big Blackfoot Cutthroat!
Big Missouri R near Cascade!
Deck of Hook Jaw our cabin on the Missouri Sep '17
Hook Jaw entrance
overlooking Missouri R in background Sep '17
Our cabin this year - Double Arrow near Seely Lake,
Blackfoot R Sep '17
Lodging while near
Missouri River -
Bedrooms: 4 plus a loft
Rm 1 on main floor: Queen bed, Rm 2 on main floor: Queen
bed, Rm 3 upstairs: 2 Full beds, Rm 4 upstairs: 2 Full beds,
Loft: 1 Single bed
Bathrooms: 3 (2 with
showers, 1 with bathtub)
Lodging at Seeley
(near Missoula-Blackfoot): This
Cottage the Double Arrow handles 8: A Full Size Four
Bedroom Lodge with Kitchen, Living Room & Fireplace. Each
Bedroom Has a Tub & Shower. Each Bedroom Has the Option of
Two Twins or One King. Additional 1/2 Bath off Living Room.
Lodge is only 200 yards from Double Arrows mountain
bar-restaurant which offers wonderful game and other fare