Iced Guides and Clear Skies by Guide Chad DuBose
Post by Glacier Anglers Guide Chad DuBose: Some people would never want to hang out with their boss outside of work. I am one of the lucky few who would jump at the opportunity. So when Marc Evans (Senior Fishing Guide for Glacier Anglers) invited me to fish with him on the Lower Flathead River I had no problem getting up in the morning and driving three hours to do so.
Once I arrived in West Glacier it was clear that the day was going to be beautiful. The skies were blue and the wind seemed to not be a factor. I drove to the Glacier Outdoor Center to check out the new and improved fly shop, which looks great and met up with Marc. We loaded up the drift boat and set out to find another fisherman. We stole DJ Stoneman(another guide for Glacier Raft Co.)from a day of work and headed to the river.
We had been told that the fish in the main stem of the Flathead hold differently than most other fish do in the winter, but we found that to be false. Every fish hooked was right where you would have expected it to be. With the cold weather and slight upstream wind our guides would ice up every now and then but all in all it was a great day to be on the water.
Fish were mostly taking nymphs throughout the day. We saw a few rising fish and were able to coax one to the surface. We spent more time that we wanted to on the upper stretch of the float; which caused us to have to push through the last stretch to the vehicle.
The spring fishing in the Flathead River basin is good and seems to only be getting better with the warmer temperatures coming through. I plan on heading back up there soon to fish before the season starts and see some more lower river fish in action.