Upper Middle Fork Flathead, Great Bear Wilderness, MT

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

  1. Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    Puyallup, WA
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    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 Been around

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    Very cool trip! Thanks for the post!
  3. Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    Did you fly into Shaffer Meadows?

    Trapper
  4. Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    Puyallup, WA
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    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 Active Member

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    Wenatchee, Washington
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    Great report , I 've done the South Fork of the Flat head I Love the Bob!
    Kelly Michelsen
  6. Evan Virnoche Guest

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    gnarly boulder sections noice report
  7. Josh Stroud Active Member

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

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    Wolf Bay
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    Great report Dan. Thanks
  9. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    Langley, WA
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    I agree. Great report, trip and photos.

    Thanks Dan for posting!
  10. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    Bozeman, MT
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    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 Active Member

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    West Pugetopolis WA
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    Another trip to add to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing, Dan.
  12. Mike Ediger Active Member

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