The author reels in a trout on the Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River in the Great Bear Wilderness, one of the most pristine stretches of designated Wild and Scenic Rivers in North America.
photo by Darwon Stoneman
Marc Evans navigates the tricky whitewater of Spruce Park Gorge on the final day in the wilderness.
After packing rafts and overnight gear at the Granite Creek Trailhead, anglers hike the easy 6 miles to the river.
A team of pack mules will do the heavy lifting of rafts, food and supplies for four nights in the wilderness.
Enjoying camaraderie by the campfire is all part of the adventure.
Jeff Vilkin hooks a huge cutthroat from a deep pool. Conservation efforts have kept the Upper Middle Fork one of the most pristine rivers in the nation.
Lead guide Marc Evans looks for another perfect riffle for clients Bill and Olga Adams, in search of native westslope cutthroat trout.