Yellowstone Slough Creek Fly Fishing Llama Pack Trip

  • Method: Llama Pack In  Fly Fishing Trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Excursion Duration: 3-Days
  • Start Date: July 13, 2018      End Date: July 15, 2018
  • Reservation Type: Pre-bookings Only
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Total Llamas: 7-8
  • Trip Origin: Slough Creek Trailhead, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Operated By: Access Wild
  • Cost: $900 (Last Minute Offer)

Summary Trip Description |

Tucked in the northeast corner of the Park and nestled against the spectacular and scenic Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness lies Slough Creek – home to the quintessential Yellowstone experience. Located in famous Lamar Valley, Slough Creek is a picture-perfect expansive valley with towering mountain vistas with room to roam.

If the open western landscape with its distant vistas – dotted with wild-roaming bison, grizzly bears, and wolves – is your thing, then this trip is for you. Our trip north into the heart of Slough Creek, following the meandering flow of the lazy creek, is eye-candy for those drawn to exceptional wild places and their inhabitants.

As we make our way through lush meadows and gentle rises, we leave the bustle of modern life behind. This is nature as untamed and pristine as it gets. In this vestige of the American West, there are no fences; wild things roam as they have for eons. This trek is not about conquering mountain tops, but rather an excursion into what it means to be home in the wild. We’ll fall asleep gazing at nighttime stars, embrace the sound of rejuvenating water, and ponder deeper meaning as we listen to distant howls of wolves. Yellowstone’s abundant wildlife is as famous as its geysers, and this area in particular offers some of the best wildlife watching opportunities. To top it all off, Slough Creek is Yellowstone’s finest fly-fishing destination and among the very best blue-ribbon wild trout fisheries in the West. We invite those with an adventurous spirit and who love to cast a fly, to join us on this gorgeous and inspiring journey. This is a fly fishing experience that only a few people will ever have, and one you will undoubtedly never forget.

Trip Highlights |

You will be at home in the wild; Experiencing world-famous fishing; Sharing the place with bears, wolves, and bison; Fly-fish a world class blue-ribbon stream for native cutthroat trout; Slowing down, relaxing, and enjoying the best of Yellowstone; Following a slow-moving and meandering lazy creek; Marveling at open and expansive valleys; Encountering North America’s wildest animals; Exploring the wild at your pace and on your time.

We will have great opportunities to see bison and grizzly bears in the meadows.

Fly Fishing Slough Creek |

Slough Creek is a world famous tributary to the Lamar River just down from Soda Butte Creek. Slough Creek ranks among the most famous trout fishing locations in the western United States. Slough Creek has probably glossed the cover of most fly fishing magazines ever published. It’s one of those legendary places that is uniquely different from most other trout stream. Slough Creek is revered in the fly fishing world, and every angler owes it to themselves to test their dry fly skills against some incredibly large native cutthroats.

The native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout thrive here and they are both big and abundant. Most of the fishing is done with dry flies. Slough Creek is generally divided into 4 meadows, named, from top to bottom: Third, Second, First, and Lower. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd meadows have good populations of native Cutthroats that average in the 14”-16” class, with fish over 20” caught on a regular basis.

On this trip, we will be fishing early-mid July, so the fish should be less wary, as compared to late summer and fall. Slough Creek spends much of it’s time meandering through meadows, so the insect life is abundant. Both terrestrials and mayflies congregate here and make up most of the food that helps those cutthroats grow so large. Pale Morning Duns can hatch in great numbers on an average summer day. They hatch best during the mid morning and evening. Packing in, is the key here, you will want to be on the water early and late. Blue Wing Olives, or Baetis, will hatch in substantial numbers on cloudy or rainy days. This hatch is usually on during the afternoon. Yellowstone is known for good populations of caddis and Slough has a exceptional amount as well. Slough Creek also has an extremely large population of terrestrials. Because of the meadow setting, grasshoppers are numerous, as well as ants and beetles.

As far as the fishing goes, our guides will be there to give can give you as much or as little advice and help as desired. We will pack along a wide selection of flies to match the hatch and terrestrials found in this area.

What’s Included |

  • An AW qualified and professional guide medically trained, energetic, knowledgeable and friendly
  • Backup fly fishing gear and a good selection of flies to match the local hatches. You will want to bring your own fly fishing gear and flies.
  • Well-trained and experienced pack llamas
  • Healthy and filling meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and organic trail snacks
  • Trekking poles for hiking and crossing streams
  • A technical day-backpack, if needed, for you to carry up to 20 pounds of personal belonging
  • Industry-leading tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads
  • Bear spray, and bear hanging gear
  • Water filters and purification tablets
  • Emergency equipment and first aid kit, as well as a satellite communication device
  • Our effort and commitment to make the trip informational, exciting, and completely unforgettable.

Meals |

Expect high-quality meals on our trips. Since llamas do the carrying, we can bring fresh and quality foods. We provide a diversity of foods with the necessary nutrition for sustained energy output including an assortment of proteins, carbohydrates, and fat.

Meals are made from staples that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, oatmeal, granola, etc. Meals are also supplemented with trail foods such as crackers, cheese, granola, energy bars, fresh and/or dried fruit, and electrolyte powder. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available for snacks and meals; a snack selection (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) is provided at the beginning of each day. Please be sure to let us know of any dietary needs.

We can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. Special dietary requests may require an additional fee or other arrangements. Important Note: It’s critical that you specify dietary needs with registration – it’s too late once we are at the trailhead.

Gear That Access Wild Provides |

Access Wild is the Yellowstone permit holder and will be coordinating the logistics and providing the professional guides on this trip. AW will provides all group gear including: industry-leading day-backpacks fitted to your body; Kelty or Sierra Design sleeping bags (professionally cleaned prior to each trip); Big Agnes sleeping pads; Kelty or Leki trekking poles; Mountain Safety Research cooking stoves; GSI outdoor cookware, bowls, cups and utensils; Counter Assault bear spray and food-hanging gear; company-issued first-aid kit; satellite calling device. We also provide bear spray for each guest (18 years of age or older ). We will discuss and review bear safety with all guests before we get on the trail.

Gear Guests Bring |

The following items are required (unless noted ‘optional’) for any guest on our trip—they are a must for safety and comfort. We hike in rugged terrain and weather conditions can change quickly.

  • Fly Fishing gear, wading boots/shoes and flies. We will provide a more detailed list of recommended gear upon request. 
  • Sturdy hiking boots, mid weight, lug-soled, height above the ankle, waterproof and ideally well broken in. Important note: Buy your boots 1/2 size to 1 size large to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks and be sure to break them in for at least 25 miles before you arrive.
  • Lightweight, closed-toed sandals or shoes such as Crocs (with straps) to cross streams and use in camp. Your hiking boots need to breathe (as do your feet) at the end of a long day of hiking.
  • Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of the trip, plus an extra pair (of socks) to sleep in. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®, Smartwool®, Wright Sock® (double or single layer) or Darn Tough®. Some individuals wear a thin silk sock liner to protect feet from hot spots/blisters. No cotton socks, ever!
  • Gaiters (optional, depends on time of year).
  • Sunhat or baseball cap, cotton bandana, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Warm hat and gloves—best is a lightweight beanie and light-to mid-weight fleece or wool gloves.
  • Base Layer/Long Underwear: one pair of wicking tops and bottoms that are light-to midweight, made of capilene, merino wool, polypropylene, etc. No cotton.
  • T-shirt or nylon travel shirt. Important note: Please, no cotton hiking clothing with the possible exception of a t-shirt.
  • A warm, lightweight and packable fleece jacket or a coat insulated with a synthetic material or down.
  • Nylon or quick-dry pants and shorts, or zip-offs.
  • Bathing suit (optional, if you plan to soak or swim).
  • Rainproof/breathable jacket and pant such as Gore-Tex® or DWR coated nylon. For pants, look for side leg zippers or a style that will allow you to remove them without removing your boots.
  • Water bottle(s) or bladder system, and/or a hard sided water bottle (such as a Nalgene®) for 2 liter total capacity.
  • Lightweight, quality dry bag or stuff sack (25-30 liter volume) to store clothes and belongings that go into a llama pannier during our hike.
  • Lightweight, packable camp pillow (optional).
  • Contact lenses and glasses (if you wear contact lenses also bring glasses—contacts may lost and/or may be difficult to clean).
  • Lip balm (optional) • Bug repellent—preferably a product containing at least 25% DEET (unless sensitive to this product) and mosquito head net (optional).
  • Toiletries including blister care. Store in a ziplock or reusable bag (for hanging at night in bear country).
  • Small washcloth (bandana can serve as a washcloth).
  • Headlamp and spare batteries (preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries).
  • Camera (optional).
  • Notebook (optional).
  • Paperback book (optional).
  • Knee brace, if needed.
  • Prescription medicine (inform your trip leader of any medications you take); vitamins (optional).
  • Fly fishing gear (optional) plus valid license and fishing regulations (it’s the guest’s responsibility to know the regulations and to purchase a valid license).
  • Lightweight binoculars (optional).
  • Flora and fauna field guides (optional).
  • Money to tip your guide (optional and appreciated, generally 15-20% of your trip cost based on quality of experience).

Operations And Booking a Trip |

All llama trips in Yellowstone are conducted under the Concession Contract YELL168-16, Llama Adventures Unlimited LLC, DBA Access Wild, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

A deposit is required immediately upon booking a trip to reserve your spot in the amount of 25% of the total trip cost. Trip balance is due 60 days prior to trip start date. Final acceptance of any guest is subject to receipt and review of all required forms and documents, and payment.

Cancellation Policy |

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate registration or other causes that make it infeasible to operate a trip. If this is the case, we will inform a booked guest at least 30 days prior to departure, and a full refund of the advertised trip cost will be issued, including the deposit. We are not responsible for additional expenses incurred in preparing for the trip (for example: non-refundable advance purchase air tickets, clothing, equipment, medical expenses, etc.). If a guest cancels or leaves a trip for any reason the following applies:

  • 60 or more days prior to trip start date, We will grant a full refund, less a $100 processing fee per reservation.
  • Between 59 and 30 days prior to the trip start date, We will retain 50% of the trip cost.
  • Less than 30 days prior to trip start date, or once the trip has begun, there is no refund.

Trip Itinerary Disclaimer |

We will do everything in its power to follow the itinerary for which the guest has registered. However, trips are subject to itinerary changes based on different circumstances including, but not limited to, permit availability, unexpected campsite closures, park closures and restrictions, extreme weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events such as fires, flooding and other natural disaster. Payments are not refundable based on these type of causes resulting in itinerary changes; refunds are only issued due to cancellation. We strongly recommends obtaining trip insurance to cover any and all travel plans. We commit to letting guests know immediately of any unforeseen itinerary change.

Our Commitment |

Access Wild is dedicated to delivering exceptional hiking and llama adventures in some of North America’s most beautiful and wild landscapes. We believe that adventure travel is one of life’s great joys and take seriously our company’s role in creating trips of lasting memories. In addition to our role as your travel partner and guide, we are dedicated to the promotion of stewardship and conservation in the places we visit. One of our primary goals is to use our business impact to foster environmental sustainability and the conservation of wild places.

Treeline Pursuits works with Access Wild to offer these Yellowstone llama pack trips. Access wild is the Yellowstone permit holder and will be operating all trips inside Yellowstone National Park.