The biggest expense for the trip is gas getting out there. I brought my truck last year so I could bring my kayak. My truck gets around 15 mpg and its 1200 miles 1 way. If I drove 3000 miles round trip that would be 200 gallons of fuel so around $350 each if we split gas. I flew out there with a buddy a couple years ago and it was $200 each for plane tickets plus car rental for a week.
Last year I stayed for 2 weeks. Part of the time I slept in my truck camper and the remainder of the time I stayed in a hotel. Hotels there were around $50/night. I found some great internet hotel deals last year that were 1/2 price on a super nice hotel. I should have quite a few nights free from pts I've saved from staying elsewhere. If someone else went along and split 14 nights @ $50 it would be around $350 each. There is license, meals, gear, etc. It would probably be around $700 each if 2 of us went for gas plus hotel. Obviously if we camped out it would be cheaper. That's pretty cheap for a 2 week trip...and chance at mondo trout! The guides in the area charge around $350/day for each fisherman!
I've invested a lot of time and $ researching the area, tying flies, painting lures, where to go, and what to use, etc. Obviously you may need to buy additional gear that works for fishing that particular area. There is specialized gear that helps..plus a lot different lures, flies, etc that I don't use here in Colo.
I expect to have an incredible time this year! I've learned from my past trips and have figured out new methods and hot spots each year. If you know anything about giant brown trout it can be feast or famine....so it takes a lot of knowledge to figure them out....and I've done pretty darn well! If you are seriously interested and want to know more of the specifics please send me an email: [email protected]