Fly Fishing, Exploration, Scenery
Pretty Prairie is a rare gem in the Bob Marshall; an area known world wide for exceptional beauty. The Pretty Prairie meadow is over a mile long on the banks of the South Fork at the bottom of a picturesque mountain valley. There are many activities to do from this camp, and certaily the fly fishing is at the top of the list. The dry fly action on this river at this time of year is unmatched in North America. Additionally, there are outstanding points of interest nearby for day rides and hikes. These include the West Fork natural salt licks, the West Fork meadows, Prairie Creek, Sun Butte, and Bear Lake.
The fly fishing experience on the South Fork fo the Sun River at Pretty Prairie is extraordinary. The river is a little larger than many of our mountain streams, and the fish here are a little bigger. Many fisherman catch upwards of 60 fish a day! The valley of the South Fork is as picturesque as you'll find anywhere in the West.
Of particular interest, due to the absolute remote nature of the Bob Marshall, there is zero light polution, and near perfectly clear skies. The deep evening star gazing is intensely beautful, where you can see brilliantly our evening constellations, the Milky Way galaxy, and numerous shooting stars. This is a unique and rare opportunity to see our night time sky in a way you've not seen it before. The days are long out here, so plan on staying up late as sunset is about 10pm.
This time of year is hot in the mountains, so plan on days in the 80's and nights in the 50's. Having something to keep warm in the morning and evenings helps keep the mountain chill off, but by 10am the temps will climb quickly and stay that way until 6pm or so. The fishermen will be on the water most of the day, so a good pair of fishing shoes with traction is a must. Also bring some riding or hiking boots. Detailed camping and fishing hear are below.