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Flathead River Fishing Report

Flathead River Fishing Report, Flathead River Fishing TripsFly Fishing Near Glacier National Park

The Flathead River system is a unique fishery located around Glacier National Park and is made up of three forks which eventually drain into Flathead Lake. Here at Glacier Anglers, we fish both the Middle and North Forks. Typically, we start fishing both rivers in late June through September using dry flies. Fly fishing Glacier National Park provides a healthy population of native Westslope Cutthroat Trout that are eager to eat and fun to catch.

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.

Middle Fork of the Flathead River Fishing Report

Last Updated:9 / 17 / 2019

Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Middle Fork Flathead River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Glacier Anglers

Water flow: 635

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning, Late Evening

Best stretch: West Glacier to Blankenship Bridge

Best access point: West Glacier Golf Course

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Grass Hoppers Ants Beetles Spruce Moths Mayflies Caddis Flies

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: April-November

Nearest airport: Glacier International - Kallispel (FCA)

Real-time water flow data from USGS:

North Fork of the Flathead River Fishing Report

Last Updated:9 / 17 / 2019

Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing North Fork Flathead River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Glacier Anglers

Water flow: 831

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid Day

Best stretch: Big Creek to Great Northern Flats

Best access point: Big Creek

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Hoppers Ants Beetles Spruce Moths Mayflies Caddis Flies

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: April-November

Nearest airport: Glacier International - Kallispel (FCA)

Real-time water flow data from USGS: