Upper Middle Fork Flathead, Great Bear Wilderness, MT

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by Dan Nelson, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

    Hiked in, while muled packed in rafts, provisions, camping gear, etc. About 4 miles down to the upper river. Floated approximate 25 miles over 4 days, catching countless cutthroat (I pulled a hat trick -- only one of 6 anglers to do so -- by bring cutts, whitefish and bulltrout to the net). Each angler had no less than 20 fish per day, some as many as 40 or 50. Average size was 12 to 14 inches, biggest fish was 20 inches.

    Contact Glacier Anglers (Glacier Outdoor Center) if you want details on the trip. Middle-fork-flathead  001.jpg
    Hilary Hutcheson of Trout TV loaded up all her fishing gear for the hike in so she could hit the water as soon as we arrived at the river instead of having to wait for the mules to arrive.
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    One of the many cutthroats we caught, and gently released.
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    Snaking eating frog!

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    A few class III and IV rapids along the way.

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  2. The Duke

    The Duke Been around

    Very cool trip! Thanks for the post!
     
  3. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

    Did you fly into Shaffer Meadows?

    Trapper
     
  4. Dan Nelson

    Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

    No, water is too skinny up that high for rafts right now (they usually stop launching at Shaffer by early- to mid-July). We hiked in along Granite Creek a few miles downstream from Shaffer.
     
  5. Kelly Michelsen

    Kelly Michelsen Active Member

    Great report , I 've done the South Fork of the Flat head I Love the Bob!
    Kelly Michelsen
     
  6. gnarly boulder sections noice report
     
  7. Josh Stroud

    Josh Stroud Active Member

    Nice pictures man, I bet that was an awesome trip.
     
  8. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

    Great report Dan. Thanks
     
  9. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

    I agree. Great report, trip and photos.

    Thanks Dan for posting!
     
  10. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith Active Member

    Man, that looks like a blast! I hope to do at least one week-long trip up there while I live out here.
     
  11. Rob Ast

    Rob Ast Active Member

    Another trip to add to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing, Dan.
     
  12. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    That is a dream trip for me....maybe one day.
    Thanks for sharing.