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Slough Creek Fly Fishing

Highlights

  • Enjoy some of the best fishing in Yellowstone
  • Delight in the peacefulness of hiking the meadows of Slough Creek
  • Enjoy secluded base camp nestled on the banks of Slough Creek
  • Abundant wildlife such as deer, elk, moose and plenty of wild trout
  • Day hike to McBride Lake with a lake side lunch
  • Rejuvenating solitude and breath-taking vistas
  • Hike in comfort with just a light day pack
  • Enjoy our top-notch service and wonderful llamas!


Description

Slough Creek has earned a reputation amongst backcountry hikers and anglers for having out of this world views, amazing trout fishing and secluded campsites. Folks from all over the world for decades have traveled far and wide to visit this special backcountry destination. Yellowstone boasts many wonders and the Slough Creek drainage is one of those wonders. We have two fantastic and unique day hike options from camp: one to McBride Lake and the other to the border of Yellowstone National Park. You may choose to make the day hikes a priority or bask in the joy of fly fishing the trout waters swirling by in Slough Creek. We highly recommend bringing a rod and reel (and license) along for this trip as you can fish from camp each evening while your guides prepare your gourmet mountain meals. This trip caters to those looking to fish and explore the majesty of Yellowstone’s clear water streams and creeks, as well as companions less interested in fishing and more interested in hiking.
We also have opportunities to see many different species of wildlife while hiking to and from our camp. The meadows are home to rich grasses, wildflowers and roaming ungulates like deer, elk, moose and bison.
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  • This trip is offered as a custom offering for private groups. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to get started!



 
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 4 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 342 feet
This Yellowstone Fly Fishing Llama Trek begins with pickup at your hotel in Jackson Hole. Regardless of our starting point you won’t be disappointed with the views of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem as we travel to our trailhead. At the trailhead we will eat a quick snack, load up the llamas and begin our 5-mile trek to our base camp. The trek right from the trailhead is amazing as the the mouth of the canyon we're ascending opens up to an expanse of stunning views in Slough Creek basin. After 5 miles of hiking we'll reach the shores of Slough Creek, set up camp, and enjoy a big meal, roaring campfire, and the opportunity to wet your first line as the sun descends over the mountains.
Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 18 feet
Today is one of our guides' and guests' favorite days of this trip. We have 2 main options that are available - we can day hike to McBride Lake and enjoy some lakeside relaxation, fishing and a big Wyoming picnic lunch. Or we can hike the entire distance of Slough Creek within Yellowstone as an out and back trek to the edge of Yellowstone National Park, which offers amazing hiking, wildlife viewing opportunities (not guaranteed), and less fishing. Regardless of your choice, today is an invigorating day deep in God's Country.
Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 2-6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 150 feet
Today is yours to enjoy more hiking (your guides can give you several options and will of course lead the hike), more world-class fishing, or some simple relaxing in and around camp. We'll cap off the day with a final, celebratory feast and roaring campfire.
Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 342 feet
  • Shuttle to Jackson Hole: 4 hours
Our fourth and final day together. We will enjoy a Yellowstone sunrise over Cutoff Mountain as the fish get their morning feast near camp. Your guides will pull out all the stops today and prepare a hearty breakfast. We will pack up our camp, load up our trusty pack llamas and begin our decent back to our trailhead. On the way out we will enjoy a nice break for lunch where we will get a chance to try our last few opportunities to catch some wild Yellowstone trout. Once at the trailhead our llamas will need a goodbye hug and a llama treat or two as they head off to their next adventure and we will complete our journey with a peaceful scenic ride back to Jackson Hole.



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°