Fly Fishing the Flathead Rivers

Catch Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout & Whitefish

Fishing SolitudeGlacier National Park and Montana are home to several blue ribbon fly fishing destination rivers including the Flathead river system.  Since our rivers are fed by snow melt, they run clear and cold resulting in lively, medium-sized rainbow and cutthroat trout.  You will also find Bull Trout (catch and release only), rumor of spawning salmon, and a healthy population of whitefish.

The three forks of the Flathead River (North, Middle and South) are deep and fast flowing, offering only some shallows for wading.  The most popular way to fish our rivers above Flathead Lake is from boats.  Our trusted local fishing guides at Glacier Anglers offer the choice of fishing from a drift boat or small raft with fishing frame.  We recommend a fishing trip with these experienced guides whose knowledge of the rivers helps them row you to, and keep you in, the optimum fishing holes.

For those guests looking to extend their fly fishing odyssey in Montana, we highly recommend Lone Peak Outfitters out of Bozeman.  Bryce Connery is in a class by himself and leads fishing trips into private and pristine waters in the Yellowstone area.

Fishing the Forks of the Flathead River requires a Montana fishing license; however, fishing within the boundaries of Glacier National Park does not require a license.  You can reach amazing water to cast a line, either by car or by trail.  Some of our favorites include Avalanche Lake, Snyder Lake and Lower McDonald Creek.  See the Glacier Park website and the Fish, Wildlife and Parks website for license, catch and release and quota information.

Fishing & Rafting Photo Gallery

  • Rafting North Fork Flathead River
  • Rafting North Fork River
  • Classic Catch and Release
  • Fly Fishing From Raft
  • Spring Rafting On the Flathead River
  • Mountain Goats At Goat Llick