Montana Fly Fishing

Montana Fly Fishing

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

From the world-renowned, blue-ribbon waters of the Madison River, to the sparkling alpine lakes of the mountains, this marvelous adventure combines great backpacking with an opportunity to become an experienced fly fisher in a setting without comparison. Open to alumni and new participants.

16 Days

$4,195

  • June 30th - July 15th
  • July 18th - August 2nd
  • Bozeman, MT

Day 1-2

Arriving in the mountain town of Bozeman, Montana, you’ll feel immediately steeped in the sportsman and fishing culture of the region. You’ll meet up with your leaders and the rest of your excited group at the airport before making the short drive to your first night’s campsite in the Gallatin National Forest.  You’ll set up your tents and make dinner together for the first time before crawling into bed under the stars in Big Sky country. The next morning, you’ll wake up early to embark on an introductory day of both whitewater rafting and zip-lining. The Gallatin River is known for its exciting rapids and beautiful views, both of which you’ll experience while shooting down the river in your paddle rafts and flying overhead through the tree canopy on a dramatic zip-line. Certainly, this first full day will be a great opportunity to get to know each other better and grow closer as a team.

Day 3-5

Getting your lines wet, you’ll begin a customized in-the-field fishing seminar. In this two day seminar, you’ll learn both basic and advanced fly fishing techniques that will certainly fuel your excitement for the upcoming backcountry fishing sections of your adventure and greatly contribute to your success and enjoyment throughout the rest of the trip. During this informal and fun experience, you’ll also learn about fish ecology, fly fishing ethics and how to protect this beautiful habitat. Whether you’re a new or experienced fisherman, you’re sure to take a great deal of knowledge and enjoyment from our time spent learning from expert local guides.

Day 6-9

With the knowledge of seasoned anglers under your belt, you will head into the Anaconda Pintlers Wilderness. One of the jewel mountain ranges of the northern Rockies, you’ll experience the high rugged mountain scenery of the real Montana. Here, you’ll cast into the most famous fly fishing streams in the country. You will take three days to explore and fish in the trout-filled streams and head into the backcountry to access the most pristine, untouched water possible. In addition to practicing your fishing skills, you will also learn the basics of backcountry living including skills such as Leave No Trace principles, map and compass navigation, and more.

Day 10-14

Your second backcountry experience promises to be even more amazing than the first. We will set our sites towards Yellowstone National Park.  Names like The Fire Hole River and the Lamar Valley quicken the heart rate of any seasoned fly fisherman, and you’re sure to find out why. These trout-filled streams will give us plenty of successes to make us proud of our accomplishments. You will the next few days to head into the backcountry of what was once referred to as America’s “Wonderland,”. Of course, you’ll also spend the worthwhile time to visit many of Yellowstone’s iconographic geothermal features and other amazing sights. In addition to the many geysers, wildlife and other wonders you’ll see while out fishing, you’ll also make special visits to Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.  As your days together in the backcountry draw to a close, you’ll likely start to grow reflective over the waning days of your adventure, but take heart in the excitement still to come.

Day 15-16

As a fitting culmination to a once-in-a-lifetime journey, you’ll team up with local guides, Oarsmen Expeditions, and embark on an amazing day of drift-boating down the Madison River. Of course, your guides will know all of the “secret” eddies to stop off at during our float trip. Moreover, this will be a great chance for us to experience one last fishing adventure together — certainly a high point on the crescendo of your journey of fun, camaraderie and accomplishment. The next morning, you’ll return to Bozeman to take in the local flavor of the town, walk along the old main street shops and enjoy an ice cream before sitting down to your traditional, end-of-adventure banquet. Here, you’ll recount the journey’s greatest catches, savor wonderful food and appreciate the chance to remain steeped in each other’s company for one last evening. On the final morning of your journey, you’ll rise early to head to the airport together for our emotional goodbyes and safe return flights home.

Day 1-2

Arriving in the mountain town of Bozeman, Montana, you’ll feel immediately steeped in the sportsman and fishing culture of the region. You’ll meet up with your leaders and the rest of your excited group at the airport before making the short drive to your first night’s campsite in the Gallatin National Forest.  You’ll set up your tents and make dinner together for the first time before crawling into bed under the stars in Big Sky country. The next morning, you’ll wake up early to embark on an introductory day of both whitewater rafting and zip-lining. The Gallatin River is known for its exciting rapids and beautiful views, both of which you’ll experience while shooting down the river in your paddle rafts and flying overhead through the tree canopy on a dramatic zip-line. Certainly, this first full day will be a great opportunity to get to know each other better and grow closer as a team.

Day 3-5

Getting your lines wet, you’ll begin a customized in-the-field fishing seminar. In this two day seminar, you’ll learn both basic and advanced fly fishing techniques that will certainly fuel your excitement for the upcoming backcountry fishing sections of your adventure and greatly contribute to your success and enjoyment throughout the rest of the trip. During this informal and fun experience, you’ll also learn about fish ecology, fly fishing ethics and how to protect this beautiful habitat. Whether you’re a new or experienced fisherman, you’re sure to take a great deal of knowledge and enjoyment from our time spent learning from expert local guides.

Day 6-9

With the knowledge of seasoned anglers under your belt, you will head into the Anaconda Pintlers Wilderness. One of the jewel mountain ranges of the northern Rockies, you’ll experience the high rugged mountain scenery of the real Montana. Here, you’ll cast into the most famous fly fishing streams in the country. You will take three days to explore and fish in the trout-filled streams and head into the backcountry to access the most pristine, untouched water possible. In addition to practicing your fishing skills, you will also learn the basics of backcountry living including skills such as Leave No Trace principles, map and compass navigation, and more.

Day 10-14

Your second backcountry experience promises to be even more amazing than the first. We will set our sites towards Yellowstone National Park.  Names like The Fire Hole River and the Lamar Valley quicken the heart rate of any seasoned fly fisherman, and you’re sure to find out why. These trout-filled streams will give us plenty of successes to make us proud of our accomplishments. You will the next few days to head into the backcountry of what was once referred to as America’s “Wonderland,”. Of course, you’ll also spend the worthwhile time to visit many of Yellowstone’s iconographic geothermal features and other amazing sights. In addition to the many geysers, wildlife and other wonders you’ll see while out fishing, you’ll also make special visits to Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.  As your days together in the backcountry draw to a close, you’ll likely start to grow reflective over the waning days of your adventure, but take heart in the excitement still to come.

Day 15-16

As a fitting culmination to a once-in-a-lifetime journey, you’ll team up with local guides, Oarsmen Expeditions, and embark on an amazing day of drift-boating down the Madison River. Of course, your guides will know all of the “secret” eddies to stop off at during our float trip. Moreover, this will be a great chance for us to experience one last fishing adventure together — certainly a high point on the crescendo of your journey of fun, camaraderie and accomplishment. The next morning, you’ll return to Bozeman to take in the local flavor of the town, walk along the old main street shops and enjoy an ice cream before sitting down to your traditional, end-of-adventure banquet. Here, you’ll recount the journey’s greatest catches, savor wonderful food and appreciate the chance to remain steeped in each other’s company for one last evening. On the final morning of your journey, you’ll rise early to head to the airport together for our emotional goodbyes and safe return flights home.