Located in a remote and isolated setting eight miles north of Yellowstone Park, Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters – open July through September – offers isolated wilderness fishing from a well-established and comfortable backcountry camp. The camp itself is accessed by a day-long horseback ride through some of the most beautiful and remote terrain in the northern Rockies. Once there, you can fish a number of high country lakes, small streams, and the Hellroaring River for native cutthroat trout. Almost all of the fish in this area are caught using dry flies, making this the ideal destination for those who love to catch fish on the surface using light rods and large attractor flies. Camp accommodations consist of roomy wall tents that sleep two to four people, each with its own wood-burning stove. Each night at camp you will enjoy a roaring fire and first class, hearty meals prepared by the camp chef.

Typical Length of Stay

The recommended package is a five-day fishing excursion (one day in on horseback, three days fishing, and one day on horseback out). However, all trips are completely customized. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters CampMost wilderness fly-fishing and pack trips are run out of ABO's backcountry camp, Hellroaring. If you are doing the Wilderness Progressive Trip, the first two nights will be spent at a remote campsite of the guides choosing. Additional nights on the Progressive Trip are usually spent at the Hellraring Camp, although all of ABO's excursions can be completely customized.

The Hellroaring camp is located 8 miles north of Yellowstone National Park in the heart of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, in the Gallatin National Forest. The recommended 5-day fishing and pack trip allows one day to pack in, 3 days to fish, hike, ride or explore, and one day to pack out. The horse pack trip to camp is approximately 5 hours through magnificent country. You will stop for lunch on the divide, about a third of the way to camp. Hellroaring Camp sits on the edge of beautiful Bull Moose Meadow where the three forks of Hellroaring Creek come together, and is one of the most beautiful trout setting that you will ever lay your eyes on! Camp accommodations consist of cozy and roomy carpeted wall tents. Each tent has its own wood burning stove, and sleeps 2 to 4 people on padded cots. The camp also features hot showers, which are much appreciated after a day on the trail or a day fishing at high altitude! Each night you will enjoy a roaring campfire, and eat in a central eating tent with delicious food prepared by the camp cook.

Food and Beverages

You will eat in a central eating tent with delicious food prepared by the camp cook.

Fishing Information

Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Part of each day will be spent on horseback riding to our new fishing destinations. The streams, lakes and rivers that Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters fishes are among the most prolific and beautiful in Montana. All of these fishing spots are extremely remote and pristine, with healthy populations of native cutthroat trout. Fishing on the backcountry waters with ABO is very good. The fish do not get much angling pressure and are very cooperative - eating dry flies regularly. Generally, attractor patterns work very well. During the late-summer the hopper fishing is fantasic! The high country is absolutly loaded with them. One of the most effective tequniques on the stream and in the lake is to use a dryfly with a beadhead nymph dropper. This set up will always produce some fish.

The weather during the summer months is usually very comfortable. Average daytime temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees. On clear nights the temperatures can range from 20 40 degrees, so we ask our clients to come prepared for the changing temperatures. ABO offers three different Backcountry fishing programs that are listed here.

Wilderness Fly Fishing Pack Trip -
This trip is for the angler adventurer and is accessed only by horseback. You will ride over a 10,000 foot pass at the head of a pack string straight out of the old west and descend into beautiful Bull Moose Meadow and the ABO camp - Hellroaring. The guides of Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness will escort you every step of the way. You will find them knowledgeable, skillful, friendly and very helpful. Your ONLY CARE will be to catch fish, have fun and enjoy “God’s country.”

Wilderness Progressive Fly Fishing Pack Trip
Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters progressive fly fishing horse pack trips begin out of Jardine, just east of Gardiner, MT - near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. This is a great trip for the more adventurous that want to camp in several different areas, and stay on the move. You will be riding through magnificent country to pristine mountain lakes and streams full of native cutthroat trout. The first two nights will be spent wherever the guides think the fishing is best. You will be camping in two main tents that the guides set up each night while getting supper underway. If you choose a five day trip, two of the 4 nights will be spent in the ABO Hellroaring Camp.

Backcountry Day Fly Fishing Pack Trip
ABO’s backcountry day fishing trips are run out of Gardiner, Montana, just north of Yellowstone National Park. Our scenic horse pack day fishing trips to near-by trout filled mountain lakes provide the angler an adventurous day in the mountains. Depending on how long you want to be in the saddle determines which lakes we fish. ABO packs a lunch and will return you to Gardiner by early evening. These trips are great if you are limited to a day but want to fish the mountain lakes.

Saddle and Paddle Day Trip
Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters has teamed up with the Yellowstone Raft Company to double your adventure! This adventure would include a two (2) hour trail ride in the high country overlooking Yellowstone National Park and a three (3) hour whitewater rafting trip down the Yellowstone River.  Whether you are riding or rafting you are in for a scenic and fun filled few hours!

Boats and Equipment

Camp is accessed on horseback, and all horses, wrangling assistance, and guiding are included in each package. The horses and mules used by ABO are well suited to the mountain terrain. They have clocked in many hours in the mountains and are as dependable as horses and mules can be. Previous riding experience is helpful but not required.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters TransportationWhile the backcountry offers numerous angling opportunities, non-anglers will no doubt enjoy the trip just as much. Wildlife is abundant in the area with elk, deer, wolves, bears, eagles, and coyotes all calling the wilderness area home. Sightings of grizzly and black bears in the backcountry are common, one of the few places in North America where this is the case. Hiking, eating great food, reading - and above all - relaxing are all important elements of this trip!

Guests can pan for gold, explore some Indian encampments, take photos, hike atop mountains exceeding 10,000 feet, or take a nap in a lush meadows filled with wildflowers. The ABO guides are well acquainted with the areas where you will be riding, fishing, hiking, and exploring. They are experienced outdoorsmen and flexible to your needs. Whatever your endeavor, our guides are there to assist you every step of the way.

How To Get There

Anglers and hunters traveling to Montana from out of state will want to fly to Bozeman (BZN). For those who are driving to Montana, Yellow Dog will arrange a meeting time and place in Big Timber, MT.

If you are not renting a car ABO can provide you with shuttle service from Bozeman the day before your trip begins to your hotel in Big Timber and return you to your hotel in Bozeman at the end of your trip. The cost of this service is $200 per round trip. (Example – If they are picking up 4 clients and their gear in one vehicle, the cost would be $50
round trip per person. If they are picking up 1 client, the cost would be $200 round trip for that one client.)

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Big Timber is located on Interstate 90 directly between Bozeman and Billings. The trailhead is located south of Big Timber. The backcountry camp (Hellroaring Camp) is a 12 mile horseback ride from the trailhead, and is located eight miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

If you are driving to Montana, plan on staying in Big Timber the night before your pack trip begins. There are two hotels in Big Timber where you can reserve rooms. The first is the historic Grand Hotel and Restaurant (406-932-4459.) and the second is the Big Timber Super 8 Motel (406-932-8888). If you are flying to Montana, make your reservations to arrive into Bozeman (Gallatin Field - BZN) a day or two before your trip begins. If you are arriving the day before your trip begins plan to arrive by mid-afternoon due to potential airline and or luggage delays. Once you arrive in Bozeman you will still have an hour drive from the Bozeman airport to your hotel in Big Timber. While the service into Bozeman is usually very good, it is a college town and popular tourism hub, so be sure to make your reservations early! You will want to make a hotel reservation in Big Timber for the day before your trip begins and in Bozeman for your outgoing night.

2013 Rates / Package Costs

All rates listed below are per person. Custom packages and additional itinerary pricing available upon request. Non-fishing day trips are also available. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Wilderness Fly Fishing Pack Trip
Five Day / Four Night Package ------------------------------------------------------------------ $2,200.00
Three Day / Two Night Package --------------------------------------------------------------- $1,750.00

Wilderness Progressive Fly Fishing Pack Trip
Five, four, three, and two day packages available
$440 per person, per day (minimum 2 persons)

Backcountry Day Fly Fishing Pack Trip
Access is by horseback and includes lunch
$250 per person, per day (minimum 2 persons)

Saddle and Paddle Day Trip
May through September:  7 days a week - Does not include lunch
Trip Times: 8:00am Saddle - 11:00am Paddle or 11:00am Saddle - 3:00pm Paddle
Adults - $90.00
Children (ages 6-12) - $80.00

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • All camp accommodations in the backcountry
  • All meals, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • All fishing with experienced guides
  • Trasportation to and from the ABO Headquaters in Big Timber, MT to the trailhead and camp
  • Lunch during transfer days
  • Use of horses, mules, and all tack

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Big Timber, MT
  • Montana fishing license
  • Sleeping bag, fishing equipment, flies, and terminal tackle
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Incoming and outgoing nights lodging before and after trip, and any additional transportation costs

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

For those interested in big game hunting, ABO offers a complete fall hunting program. They offer both bow and rifle big game hunts for elk, deer, moose, goat and sheep. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

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