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Lamar River Fishing

Highlights

  • Beautiful hiking through the stunning Lamar Valley
  • Secluded and private campsite
  • Fun creek crossings
  • Native trout and premier backcountry Yellowstone fishing
  • Rejuvenating solitude and breath-taking vistas
  • Wildlife sighting opportunities
  • Fish two different creeks and one river (you can fish right from camp)
  • All-inclusive package


Description

If you are a fan of catching rising cutthroats on a dry fly then you have very possibly heard of the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park. Many people come to Yellowstone to fish, but few venture very far from the busy roads that parallel Yellowstone's most popular trout rivers. The Lamar River starts deep in the backcountry of Yellowstone our destination (the confluence of Cache Creek and The Lamar River) can only be accessed by hiking in and camping at one of Yellowstone's permitted sites. Our guides have been fishing the streams and rivers of Yellowstone for many enjoyable years, giving them the expertise show you a world class fishing experience. Our llamas will carry all the food and gear into the backcountry to our secluded campsite where we will make home for 3 nights and 4 days. We can fish right from camp and will do short day trips to even more remote, high-quality fishing during your stay in Yellowstone's backcountry.
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 3.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 3.2 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 215 feet
This llama supported fishing expedition in Yellowstone National Park begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson, Wyoming. You will not be disappointed with the views of the great Rocky Mountains as we pass by historic landmarks, rivers, valleys and mountain scenery. Once we reach the park border we will go to one of the fly shops and purchase fishing licenses for everyone, then finish our journey to the starting point of our first day's hike, Soda Butte Trailhead.

We will get the llamas packed up with our camping gear and food, go over a few safety procedures and then begin our 3.2 mile trek to our campsite, which is nestled near the confluence of Cache Creek and the Lamar River. Once camp is set up and you're moved into your tent, you can get your rod lined out and begin fishing while the guide(s) begin preparing our first backcountry feast.
Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 80 feet
Today is a wonderful day filled with a full course breakfast, hot coffee and a beautiful sun rising over the mountains to the east. We will fish all of the best pockets and hot spots close to camp, then venture out as the day goes on. We will have our lunch on the banks of the Lamar River and fish to our hearts content. Towards evening we will make our short journey back to camp where your guide(s) will again prepare a wonderful dinner. If you'd like, some final wetting of your line can be had as the sun sets which is often the best time to fish these Yellowstone rivers. As you walk back to camp, toward a roaring campfire, fishing rod bouncing in front of you and the smell of dinner wafting in the breeze above the tall grass, you'll swear you've somehow landed in heaven.
Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 4-8 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 350 feet
Today is the crown jewel of this trip. After breakfast we'll put on our hiking boots and load the llamas with our lunch, camp chairs, waders, rods and reels. We'll make a short trek to upper Cache Creek, which is teaming with native cutthroat and rainbow trout measuring up to 15 inches. This is one of the few areas within Yellowstone that has reliable hatches, and we'll make the most of it. Make sure to pack your Green Drakes, Pale Morning Duns, Mayflies and many varied species of Caddis. This is an ideal dry fly area during July and August. We'll fish the day away in this wonderland of rivers and trout before heading back to camp for a final celebratory dinner.
Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 3.2 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 215 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson: 3.5 hours
Today is our last day on the banks of the Lamar River and Cache Creek. Don’t worry - we won’t leave without some early morning casting before breakfast. After camp is broken and our llamas are loaded we'll head back the way we came for a unique perspective as we hike out of the canyon and into the Lamar Valley. More often than not we will see wildlife as we hike back to our trailhead. We will stop for lunch and fish the confluence of Soda Butte and The Lamar River before shuttling back to Jackson.



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°