Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Trek

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful Scenery
  • Explore the Yellowstone River
  • Native Trout & World Class Fishing
  • Rejuvenating Solitude
  • Beautiful Falls
  • Fish From Camp
  • All-inclusive Package

Description

The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River not only has an amazing name but is a great early season and late season fly fishing and hiking trip. If you are looking for a unique adventure for your group you won’t be disappointed in the beauty and highlights of this trip. There is an amazing amount of wildlife that frequent this area. Especially Bison and elk during the early summer months as they bear and raise their young along the meadows of the Yellowstone River. If you enjoy animal sightings and or trying your hand at catching wild trout this is the fishing adventure for you!

You will have the chance to see many distinct species of wildlife while hiking to and from our base camp. The meadows are full or rich blades of grass, flowers and rich history told by the bends and drops of the well-traveled Yellowstone River. Our guides will walk you through the different layers of archeology as they intercept through time to bring such an amazing place to life. With the rich flora and fauna there is much to discover and explore in the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River. The fishing is best here in late September and early July. Few people get the opportunity to fish the remote sections of the Yellowstone River.

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Trip Type: Fall Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-8 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 17+MI / 27+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The hiking in this area is on well-maintained trails with moderate elevation changes.

Hiking Distances:

2-6 mi

Backpack Weight:

10-20 lbs

Terrain:

Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

700 ft

Heights Exposure:

Light

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 5-7 hours

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Yellowstone llama trip a solitude 4. You can expect to see a couple other groups of hikers per day.

This trip begins and ends in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson has an airport served by United, Delta, and American Airlines. A Black Car Service (307-413-2572) provides private airport shuttles (advance reservations are recommended.)

You can also fly into:

  • Idaho Falls – small, more affordable airport; can meet your guide in Driggs, ID instead of Jackson; requires a car rental
  • Salt Lake City – Salt Lake Express (800-356-9796 or 208-656-8824) and Alltrans (800-652-9510) offer daily shuttles (4.5 hours). Advance reservations required.
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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 4.5 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 4.7 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 720 feet

This Yellowstone National Park Llama Trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. Once we reach the Blacktail Trailhead (1N5) we will eat a quick snack, load up the llamas, fishing gear and begin our 5-mile trek to our base camp on the Yellowstone River. The trek from the Blacktail Trailhead allows us a unique opportunity as we will pass by Blacktail Falls and descend to the Yellowstone River. Few locations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem allow the opportunity to descend from the trailhead to your campsite. We will get some fishing in before we eat dinner and enjoy the sun set over the deep Yellowstone canyon.

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 80 feet

Today is one of our guides favorite days of this adventure. Anyone up for some remote fishing experiences? We have 2 main options that are available to us today. Each offer something unique and special. We can make a day from trekking to Knowles Falls and trying our hand at catching larger fish or the second option we can trek along one of the last free-flowing rivers in the united states The Yellowstone River and hit all the eddies and drops looking for schools of fish. The weather and group dynamic will dictate what option we choose.

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 2-6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 120 feet

Today we can enjoy secluded fishing near our base camp, or hike to Knowles Falls if we did not do this on day 2. Option 3 we hike to the border of Yellowstone to see Hell Roaring Creek where there is usually great fishing, This is your day we will do our best to make it special for you.

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 4.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 720 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson: 4.5 hours

Today is our last day on the banks of the Yellowstone River. We will head back the way we came and get a unique perspective as we hike up and out of The Black Canyon. Many times, we will see wildlife in the meadows and along the Yellowstone River as we hike out. The views are simply beautiful as we pass by many Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce and Juniper Trees.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

This trip is booked for private trips only. Please contact us or give us a ring at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to get started!

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Pack llamas
  • Wilderness guide/llama handler
  • Yellowstone fishing guide (max guest:guide ration of 4:1)
  • One-on-one fishing instruction
  • 9 ft, 6wt rod and reel with floating line
  • All flies and all incidental materials (tippet, leaders, floatant, etc.)
  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, ultralight cot and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming to the trailhead and back
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • Entrance fee to Yellowstone National Park (each guest must pay for their own fishing license)
  • Small library of fishing books & journals
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yellowstone
  • Lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Llamas or Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Optional second Rod and Reel
  • Waders (no felt bottom waders or boots allowed in Yellowstone National Park)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Yellowstone Fishing license
  • Alcohol
  • Personal gear such as river sandals, polarized sun glasses…etc.
  • Guide gratuity

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Fishing equipment (9 ft, 6wt rod and reel with floating line, all flies, tippet, leaders, floatant etc.)
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. An additional rod and reel are optional.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

What Clothes to Bring

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will conduct a virtual orientation meeting (via conference call) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins to review the packing list, communicate the first day’s logistics and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will give you the phone number for this call during the pre-trip contact approximately 10 days before your trip start date.

Early on the morning of Day 1 your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Driggs, Idaho; or Victor, Idaho.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Start/End Times

You can expect the first day’s pick-up time to be between 5 and 7 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry an emergency communication device. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on backpacking trips is 6 guests, with a maximum of 6 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in Yellowstone

Being a Northern mountain environment, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. On the Spring/Fall Trekking Adventure in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you’re likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures in Yellowstone:

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES (FAHRENHEIT)

Month High Low
June 70° 42°
July 80° 47°
August 78° 45°
September 68° 37°

Accommodations

Accommodations

Backcountry Sleeping

TENT CAMPING

Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine

FRESH & DELICIOUS

Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites

IN THE ACTION

Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

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