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Flathead River Fishing Report

Flathead River Fishing Report, Flathead River Fishing TripsGlacier National Park Fly Fishing

When you fly fish Glacier National Park, you are fly fishing on the Flathead River system, which is a unique fishery located around Glacier National Park. The Flathead River system is made up of three forks that eventually drain into Flathead Lake. When Glacier Anglers go fly fish Glacier National Park, we go fish both the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead. Typically, we start fishing both rivers in late June through September using dry flies.

The Middle Fork of the Flathead originates in the Great Bear Wilderness and creates the southern border of Glacier National Park. From deep in the wilderness, it flows roughly 70 miles before it’s confluence with the North Fork of the Flathead. Many sections of the Middle Fork of the Flathead are comprised of canyons as well as class II-III whitewater. We navigate these waters using rafts with custom-built fishing frames instead of the traditional drift boat.

The headwaters of the North Fork of the Flathead originate in Canada and flow south into the United States. The North Fork creates the western boundary line of Glacier National Park and provides some spectacular views inside the Park. In many areas, the North Fork widens up and braids in between Glacier National Park and National Forest Service lands.

Fly fishing Glacier National Park provides a healthy population of native Westslope Cutthroat Trout that are eager to eat and fun to catch.

Montana Fly Fishing:

Middle Fork of the Flathead River Fishing Report

Current Conditions as of 10/21/21

Look for fish breaking the surface and holding in deeper slots and pools. The best fishing will be in the afternoon.

Glacier Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Adam's Purple Parachute purple 18
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer natural 10
Midge brown 22
Tunghead Soft Hackle Hare's Ear natural 12
elk hair caddis brown 14
October Caddis tan 14
Bead Head Flymph - BWO olive 16
Indicator Spinner - Trico black 20
ants black 16
purple haze purple 16

Adam's Purple Parachute

Tie on this deadly purple parachute dry fly to show trout something unique.

  • Adam's Purple Parachute

  • Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer

  • Midge

  • Tunghead Soft Hackle Hare's Ear

  • elk hair caddis

  • October Caddis

Glacier Anglers's Recommended Gear

  • Best Leader:

    Super Strong Plus Leaders

  • Best Tippet:

    SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools

  • Best Fly Fishing Rod:

    4-Weight 9' Fly Rod

  • Best Floating Fly Line:

    WF Trout Fly Line

  • Best Sinking Fly Line:

    Clear Sink Tip Fly Line

Description: About Middle Fork Flathead River

The Middle Fork of the Flathead River originates in the heart of the Great Bear Wilderness in one of the most remote and pristine areas in the lower 48. Once the river reaches Hwy 2, just west of Marias Pass, if flows westward, following the highway and making up the majority of the southern boarder of Glacier National Park until its confluence with the North Fork near Blankenship Bridge. The Middle Fork is a true Jewel, with excellent West Slope Cutthroat fishing along its entire length.

Nearest Airport:

Glacier International - Kallispel (FCA)

Hatches:

hoppers ants beetles attractors caddis

Best Time to Fish:

afternoon

Best Stretch:

Teakettle to Presentine

Best Access:

Teakettle

North Fork of the Flathead River Fishing Report

Last Updated:

Current Conditions as of 10/21/21

Look for fish breaking the surface and holding in deeper slots and pools. Best fishing late afternoon

Glacier Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Hairwing Western Green Drake Natural 8
Pale Morning Dun Thorax peacock 12
Sparkle Dun green 14
Indicator Beetle black 14
hoppers brown 8/10
ants purple/blk 14/16
Adam's Purple Parachute purple 16
Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Wet natural 16
purple haze purple 16
beetles red/black 14

Hairwing Western Green Drake

Rough water demands this high-floating Green Drake mayfly pattern.

  • Hairwing Western Green Drake

  • Pale Morning Dun Thorax

  • Sparkle Dun

  • Indicator Beetle

  • hoppers

  • ants

Glacier Anglers's Recommended Gear

  • Best Leader:

    Super Strong Plus Leaders

  • Best Tippet:

    SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools

  • Best Fly Fishing Rod:

    4-Weight 9' Fly Rod

  • Best Floating Fly Line:

    WF Trout Fly Line

  • Best Sinking Fly Line:

    Clear Sink Tip Fly Line

Description: About North Fork Flathead River

The North Fork of the flathead Flows directly south from the Canadian Border, and makes up the western boarder of Glacier National Park until its confluence with the Middle Fork at Blankenship Bridge. The North Fork is an exceptional West Slope Cutthroat fishery, with breathtaking views of Glacier National Park.

Nearest Airport:

Glacier International - Kallispel (FCA)

Hatches:

Hoppers Beetles Ants Caddis Attractors

Best Time to Fish:

afternoon

Best Stretch:

Canadian Border to Polebridge

Best Access:

Candian Border