Written by: Frazier Blair, Orvis Vice President of Merchandise Operations & Planning
My dad, Bob Blair, had just retired, and it was a great moment for us to share a trip of a lifetime. For too long, our busy lives had gotten in the way of our connection to each other and to the outdoors, so we decided we needed to share an adventure together. Through Orvis Adventures, we found ourselves set up with Glacier Anglers on a five-day float trip on the upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River, in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of northwestern Montana.
We packed in with mules, camped each night on the river’s edge, and fished all day—completely disconnected from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. At the end of each day, we sat in awe of the wilderness surrounding us.
The river was pristine, cold, and clear. The fish were beautiful and eager to take our flies, and we had a lot of fun. Our confidence and technique improved tremendously. I have rarely seen myself full of so much joy as in the pictures from our trip.
We enjoyed each other’s company thoroughly, often finding ourselves in laughing fits about not very much at all. I was reminded of being a young kid, wanting nothing more than to spend time outside with my dad.
Spending so much time with the guides from Glacier Anglers—an Orvis-endorsed outfitter out of West Glacier, Montana—was another valuable part of the adventure. These guys had the perfect mix of skill and knowledge, and I was inspired each day by their genuine love for the wilderness, the fish, and the experience.
This is a trip I’ll never forget. I will be forever grateful for the time with my dad, and for the wilderness adventure we shared. We are already dreaming up our next fly-fishing adventure.
Frazier Blair is Orvis Vice President of Merchandise Operations & Planning. She lives in southwestern Vermont.