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Middle Fork of the Flathead
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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Middle Fork of the Flathead on 09/07/2011 07:37:47 MDT Print View

Awesome trip, hiking in to Shaeffer Meadows and floating out to Essex:

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
very nice on 09/07/2011 07:48:06 MDT Print View

Great trip David thanks for posting it

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Middle Fork on 09/07/2011 08:02:11 MDT Print View

nice trip :) brings back some fond memories for me, I was a Wilderness Ranger in both the Middle Fork (Bob-based out of Schafer) and the Great Bear

we used to get a lot of rafters that were packed in by horse, even a few by air! (Schafer is one of the few places that you can fly into a wilderness area), I don't recall any that packed in their own rafts- but that was a long time ago too

in addition to great cutthroat fishing, there are a lot of bull trout in the Middle Fork, I remember using some ul fishing gear only to hook into about 8-10# bull trout- he rather quickly let me know that I wasn't going to land him :)

Gabe Joyes
(gabe_joyes) - F

Locale: Lander, WY
good trip on 09/07/2011 10:38:00 MDT Print View

Nice work, looks like a good one.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
big fish on 09/07/2011 10:38:23 MDT Print View

Sandy and I both lost monster fish when they snapped our tippets. One particular 24"+ trout did so with practiced ease. I had a great view from my rock as I had him on for all of 4 seconds. Even the "smaller" trout gave my Amago a workout on several occasions.