Video of the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Trapper, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Trapper

    Trapper Author, Writer, Photographer

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2013
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    2,052
    Location:
    Montana
    Home Page:
    It's a 2400 sq mi wilderness in Montana. This video is shot very close to where I have spent many, many, weeks the past few years. I've fished where this one guy is fishing. I've been to this USFS Ranger cabin, and I can see the Jumbo lookout from my cook tent.



    Trapper
     
  2. generic

    generic Justified

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2010
    Messages:
    5,005
    Likes Received:
    1,752
    I spent a good amount of my "single life" in the mountains just across the valley - the Mission mountains (REZ side).

    Every time we peaked a mountain, we'd gaze over and look at the Marshall wilderness. It can be breath taking...
     
  3. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    782
    Likes Received:
    788
    Location:
    Poulsbo, WA
    Wow! What a special treat. Thanks!!
     
  4. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2002
    Messages:
    26,967
    Likes Received:
    5,530
    Location:
    Dillon, Mt
    Only a Red Neck wears socks with sandal's. Nice pictures by the way.
     
    chewydog likes this.
  5. Mark Moore

    Mark Moore Just a Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2008
    Messages:
    825
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    Vancouver, Wa.
    My wife grew up in the Flathead Valley.... I'm still mad that when we got married we moved to SW Washington instead of back there.

    Great video, Thanks.
     
  6. Steve Call

    Steve Call Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2010
    Messages:
    1,598
    Likes Received:
    289
    Location:
    Wetside, WA
    I went into the Bob last summer, and I'm going back this year. Incredible country and great fishing.
     
  7. Tracker

    Tracker Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2006
    Messages:
    1,178
    Likes Received:
    884
    Location:
    Polson Montana
    Great vid. We took a small plane from Polson over the missions early last season and dropped into Schafer Meadows for a short visit with the rangers. Later this year (once the the pass opens) were taking the horses/mules back to Schafer and further into the Bob for a couple weeks of fishing. Awesome country for sure.
     
  8. Jeff Sawyer

    Jeff Sawyer Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    Messages:
    657
    Likes Received:
    619
    Location:
    Tacoma WA
    Beautifful, and timely, I'm planning my first MT trip this year, Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2004
    Messages:
    1,710
    Likes Received:
    329
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Love it! Some people dream of tarpon, bones, sand and flats......but just about my one and only bucket list trip is a pack into the Bob. Part of it is because I have read too many Louis Lamour books and I always secretly wanted to be a wandering cowboy, but just about everything in that video also explains why..... scenery, wildlife, ruggedness, scenery, streams, meadows, crystal clear water, scenery, campfires, bears, moose, deer, mountains.......everything that video showed!
    Thanks for sharing Trapper!
     
    Eric Denny likes this.
  10. Trapper

    Trapper Author, Writer, Photographer

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2013
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    2,052
    Location:
    Montana
    Home Page:
    The Bob is not the easiest place to get into, but that's part of it's charm. No cars, no people chatting on their iCrap, etc.

    [​IMG]

    To do a "bucket list" float/camp trip either requires a lot of work, horses, and pack stock, or you pay someone to do it.

    [​IMG]

    My raft is on the middle mule, oars and pack frame on the first one.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    You would be wise to do your homework before you go. I've seen and heard many horror stories. I know two good friends who did this float 10 years ago and they haven't talked to each other since.

    [​IMG]

    But, yes, it's a great place and even with all the fires in the past 15 years, it's still very beautiful.

    Trapper
     
  11. J Wood

    J Wood Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    I have a buddy who floated that Caynon in a water master and lived to tell the tale. Was only 16 at the time and due to bad communication missed the take out. Lucky it turned out ok for him. Grew up going camping up at spotted bear. Didn't know how good I had it. Cutties and Bull trout...can't beat the fishing and scenery!
     
  12. jwg

    jwg Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2009
    Messages:
    1,131
    Likes Received:
    540
    Location:
    West Richland, WA
    A friend of mine is organizing a possible trip to the Bob for 2015.
    he is not a fisherman, he's an avid hiker and backpacker. For this he wants to hire a packer with mules to carry the gear, while he walks. (we are all getting older)
    I am a former backpacker, eager to hike, and a current fly fisherman.

    Is a trip focused on fishing mutually exclusive to a trip focused on hiking higher country? Or are there routes where the two go together well?

    Suggestions?

    Jay
     
  13. Trapper

    Trapper Author, Writer, Photographer

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2013
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    2,052
    Location:
    Montana
    Home Page:
    I've never backpacked in The Bob, so my feedback will be limited.

    I have seen plenty of scenarios where groups have chosen to hike while the outfitter packed their gear in on mules. Sometimes one or two people in the group choose to ride horses instead of hiking. When everyone is in camp, the results and comments are often mixed from "Wow, what a great 16 mile hike." to "OMG, that was hell!"

    From what I've observed there's normally one or two in the group who don't like horses and who truly love to hike. They are in shape for it and they do it all the time. There's another group who THINK they are in good shape but after several miles at altitude, they are puking their guts out along the trail. I've yet to hear those who chose to ride say "Wow, what a miserable ride I had. I wish I'd hiked in with you folks."

    As to hiking trails vs fishing, I'd say yes, there are many places where one group could go for a day hike and the other could fish. But often the hikers are looking for higher ground to see the vast vistas and the anglers are looking for the valleys.

    There is a Falcon Guide called Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness. I don't have a copy of it but those Falcon Guides are generally very useful.

    Trapper
     
    jwg likes this.
  14. Kelly Michelsen

    Kelly Michelsen Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    40
    Location:
    Wenatchee, Washington
    I have been to the Bob 2 times it was nothing short of Nirvana for me.
    My brother and myself and his 3 sons backpacked in about 3 miles
    Set up a camp and day hiked from there it was fantastic. Both trips in August .The first trip in late august and we had a snow shorted trip.
    Kelly Michelsen
     
  15. WLLLC

    WLLLC New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2014
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    10
    For fly fishing in the wilderness, I've been hiking in for 15 years, the last decade with an ultralight float tube. Initially used Wood River SummerBreeze and Swiftrider, but have switched to Backpacker Pro from Wilderness Lite when the Wood River Company went out of business. Routinely pack in with groups of 3 to 8 for distances of 10 to 30 miles from the trail head. Can't beat a float tube on a pristine mountain lake in the wilderness which has likely NEVER had a tube on it. Backpacker Pro is available through: www.wildernesslitefloattubes.com