Monday, March 3rd, 2014



The temperature and also the chance I will go fishing today. It is not that West Glacier isn’t beautiful in the winter. Really, it’s one of my favorite times to be up here. You have the place all to yourself, no one is out and about, and every spot on the river is yours.

That being said it’s zero. Everyone has their limitations, mine is 34 degrees. 34 lets you fish without deicing your guides every minute. It lets a bit of a hatch come off, and allows you to not get frostbite from the wind chill. But today is NOT 34 degrees, it’s zero.

The good news is that we have been getting a great amount of snowfall this winter. Skiing has been good, and lots of snow pack means that the Middle Fork and North Fork will have water throughout the summer. But that seems so far away when you are looking at the thermometer out the window and it says zero.

March is here though, and while it can be cold, the pre-runoff can be very good. Just you on the river, with your friendly guide of course. The fish pod up and some of the rainbows from the lake start moving up. While it’s cold, it’s a great time to be out here.

So while it’s zero, we are still in the shop, ready to talk fishing for this month or the next and help you get some dates booked for this summer. Summer, that time of the year, when fish eat big dry flies, sip emergers and when it’s not “zero.”

By: John Malison

Spring fly fishing Glacier National Park


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