Mar 5th, 2020
Few outdoor experiences compare to overnight, multi-day float trips, where the entirety of days and nights are spent on the river. These trips offer full-immersion in the environment and the chance to truly get to know a river and fishery. Days are spent on the water, casting to willing fish and taking in the surroundings. Evenings are spent in comfortable, riverside camps, with hot, delicious meals enjoyed next to campfires. But perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of a multi-day float is the camaraderie – the friendships and bonds made will last a lifetime. Below are our favorite multi-day float trips across the Rockies and Pacific Northwest.
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.
The Deschutes has the distinction of being one of the West’s best rainbow trout fisheries, as well as being a world-class steelhead river. Fishing for the famed “redsides”, which range from 12-20 inches, can be good throughout the year. The steelhead fly fishing gets going in August on the lower river and peaks on the upper river from mid-September through October.
Flowing through the heart of Southwest Alaska’s massive Togiak Wildlife Refuge, the Kanektok remains the Alaskan float trip by which all others are measured. Beginning at an alpine lake and winding 90 miles through true wilderness and countless fish-filled side channels and braids, the Kanektok float offers guests the opportunity to experience Alaskan fishing at its finest.
Multi-day float trips on the Grande Ronde start the last week of September and continue through the last week of October. These trips cover the lower portion of the river and take out very near the mouth where the Grande Ronde flows into the Snake River. For those who want to maximize their time on the water, these six-person multi-day float trips are a great option.
Plain and simple, the Smith River is a masterpiece. 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.
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.
Idaho’s Salmon River, the Grand Canyon of Idaho, is one of the longest free flowing rivers in the United States and cuts through a vast area of incredibly rugged Rocky Mountain wilderness – the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48. The canyon it creates is the second deepest on the continent and it has a timelessness and mountain grandeur that is matched by few rivers anywhere.
Designated as one of the eight original Wild and Scenic Rivers in the United States in 1968, the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue is a classic American multi-day float. The river’s expansive views and deep cut canyons are home to summer and winter steelhead as well as some of the most diverse flora and fauna in Oregon, with regular sightings of blacktail deer, otters, beavers, eagles, osprey, mink, bears, and a large variety of birds.
After fly fishing with Tom Jenni and his crew of seasoned Montana guides for several years, we are continually amazed by how many exceptionally productive blue ribbon floats there are to choose from. Clients can select from multi-day overnight trips on the Yellowstone, Madison, Missouri, Blackfoot, Clark’s Fork and Bitterroot rivers.
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