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Yellowstone River Fishing

Highlights

  • Unique topography, we descend from the trail head to our base camp
  • Quiet meadows bordering the beautiful Yellowstone River
  • Cross many tributaries creeks that flow into the Yellowstone River
  • Native trout and world class fishing opportunities
  • Rejuvenating solitude and breath-taking vistas
  • Beautiful falls and great fishing at the falls confluence
  • Fish right from camp
  • All-inclusive fishing 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. Take this opportunity to book a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 4.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 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 Mileage: 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 Mileage: 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 Mileage: 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 park restrictions, campsite availability, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

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 satellite phone
  • Entrance fee to Yellowstone National Park (each guest must pay for their own fishing license)
  • Small library of fishing books & journals
  • 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
See the Packing List page for more information.


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:
  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs or Mountain Hardware tents
  • Sierra Designs sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves
  • Mountain Safety Research cookware
  • Bear spray cannisters and food-hanging gear
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter waterbottles per person, either a headlamp or flashlight per person, and a lightweight waterproof stuff sac for your clothes and belongings. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You'll meet your hiking guide and group at a predetermined hotel in Jackson, Wyoming for an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. The next morning we'll pick you up at your hotel for transport to the trailhead. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before your trip to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.

Check out our Travel Resources page for information on flights, shuttles, discounted lodging and more.

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional Wyoming 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 most tours carry a satellite phone. 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, training in llama-handling, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Gratuities

  • The industry standard for fishing guides is $100-$150/guide per fishing day.
  • Each river, stream or lake has good days, bad days and many in-between. Your guide will do everything in their power to put you in the right location at the right time but there are many factors out of their control. Your guide will work harder on the days where fishing is poor than when fishing is excellent; please keep this in mind when it comes to tipping your guides.
  • Your llama wrangler and wilderness guide will be working behind the scenes very diligently to take care of you and your group. Please keep in mind that they also merit a tip for their services.


Group Size

Every llama-supported fishing trip has a professional Yellowstone fishing guide (our guides are the best!), as well as a dedicated llama handler/wilderness guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.


Weather Around Yellowstone

Being a Northern mountain environment, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Wyoming's mountains. On trips 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 around Yellowstone:
     
Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
     
 
Month
High
Low
 
June
70°
42°
 
July
80°
47°
 
August
78°
45°
 
September
68°
37°