Wild trout run in the tributaries of the Flathead River that border Glacier National Park. Strike out on your own to lay a line out across clear blue-green pools, or hire a guide from Glacier Outdoor Center.
With prime fly-fishing, the Flathead River’s Middle Fork and North Fork converge in West Glacier. That’s also where Glacier Outdoor Center sets up anglers with gear and guides. Guided trips start in late June when runoff sediments clear from the rivers. Once the water clears, the fishing gets good. Trout continue to bite through September.
Guided fly-fishing trips vary in length: half-day, full day and multi-day. The guide rows you down the river in a raft or dory and steers the boat into trout riffles. You simply cast your line.
For first timers, the center’s instructors teach fly-fishing at a private pond. It’s the perfect location for learning to cast and mend.
The center also serves as local fishing experts. The shop can provide advice on what flies to buy for where you will fish and when. For those lacking gear, the center sells and rents rods. You can also purchase Montana Fishing Licenses at the center.