Mar 11th, 2014
For some, multi-day float trips represent the quintessential fly fishing trip. What we love about the multi-day downriver floats is that we never have to leave the river. If you’d like to stay out on the water until the last rays of light are gone you can. Or maybe you’d rather sit riverside with a favorite beverage and recall the day’s adventures. The relaxed pace and increased fishing opportunity of multi-day float trips appeals to many. And, let’s face it, dinners just always seem to taste better when eaten riverside. Here are a few of our favorite multi-day float trips in the lower 48.
Montana’s Overnight Float Trips
Yellowstone, Madison, Boulder, Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot rivers
Tom Jenni offers multi-day trips on the Yellowstone, Madison, Boulder, Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot rivers throughout the year. Aside from the great rivers and great fishing, Tom’s trips are absolutely top-notch in terms of food, camps and organization.
Season: July – September
Rate: $2,500 per person for a 4 night/5 day float trip (average length)
The most prolific and unspoiled westslope cutthroat trout fishery in the world, the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River offers what many consider the finest multi-day wilderness float trip in America.
Season: July – September
Rate: $3,062.50 per person for a 5 night/6 day package
A float through the steep walled Gunnison Gorge is recognized as one of the top fly-fishing trips in the lower 48. This wilderness area features spectacular scenery, sightings of varied wildlife, and most importantly excellent fly-fishing for rainbow and brown trout.
Season: May – October
Rate: $1,750 per person for a 2 night/3 day float trip, based on double occupancy
The Deschutes is a desert oasis rife with wild rainbows, hearty steelhead, whitewater and stunning scenery. With multi-day float trips for both trout and steelhead extended over an 8 month season, the Deschutes is one of the west’s most unique and captivating systems.
Season: Trout, year-round; Steelhead, July – November
Rate: $1,600 – $2,000 per person for a 3 night/4 day float trip
This fifty-mile boat trip traverses a scenic and secluded stretch of the Rogue River. This particular stretch was designated as a “Wild and Scenic River” by congress in 1968, and therefore has only hiking trails and limited road access near the beginning and end of the trip. There is spectacular natural scenery, wildlife, white-water rapids and fly fishing, all of which provide for a unique experience for all ages and all levels of fly fishing experience.
Season: September – November
Rate: $2,150 per person plus tax for a 3 night / 4 day float trip
This low key, high value operation is where some of the Northwest’s finest steelheaders and spey casters congregate for a final month of guiding and instruction. Limited to six anglers per trip, this is not only an operation that prides itself on fishing hard, but also a place where anglers can learn a great deal about steelhead fly fishing and the art of spey casting.
Season: October – November
Rate: $1,990 per person for a 3 night/4 day float trip
Smith River, Montana
One of the most sought-after float trips in the country, it’s a chance for you to leave the rigors of civilization behind and enjoy the best of what nature has to offer. Towering limestone cliffs, deep pools, fast riffles, abundant wildlife and fantastic fly fishing for wild browns and rainbows makes this the trip of a lifetime.
Season: June – July
Rate: $4,150 per person for a 4 night/5 day float trip
Give us a call at 800-552-2729 to book your next multi-day adventure!