Fly Fishing in Glacier Country
Glacier Anglers has been family owned and operated for 40 years and is considered Montana’s longest-running river outfitter. With over 500,000 guests taken safely down the river since 1976, they are proud to have the best safety record in Glacier Country. Montana is legendary for its outstanding fly fishing and the waters fished by Glacier Anglers are no exception. Glacier Anglers offers day trips, overnight float trips on the North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River, and multi-day backcountry trips into the Great Bear Wilderness to fish the acclaimed upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River. These waters are all home to native Westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.
On the property, guests stay in modern accommodations with beautiful mountain views and easy access to Glacier National Park and the surrounding waters. A variety of lodge rooms and cabins are available that have amenities you want, along with mountain views and outdoor fun all around. After fishing, enjoy horseshoes, volleyball, or practice casting on the on-site trout ponds. On overnight float trips and backcountry trips, guests stay in tents. Guests doing overnight float trips and backcountry trips are also encouraged to overnight on the property the night before and the night after their trip.
Food and Beverages
All cabins on the property have a full kitchen which gives guests the opportunity to cook for themselves or go out to eat at one of the many restaurants in the West Glacier area. Meals on multi-night float trips and backcountry overnight trips are well prepared and never leave guests hungry.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
There is no shortage of things to do in Glacier National Park, as this entire area is an edge-of-your-seat experience – whether rafting through class III rapids or sitting in a saddle surrounded by mountains. If you’re looking for things to do on your own, they also have all the best gear and rental equipment for all your Glacier National Park activities – rafting, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and camping.
Internet / Communications
Cell phone service is spotty on the property. And even though all accommodations have wireless internet, it is also not very reliable during the summer months. There is no cell phone reception or access to the internet while on overnight float trips or on backcountry trips.
How To Get There
Guests should plan to fly into and out of Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) which is located just outside of Kalispell. Guests can also fly in and drive in from other area airports.
Montana fishing licenses are available at the Glacier Anglers fly shop, or can also be purchased online.
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No matter if you are a seasoned fly fisherman with decades of experience or a novice who doesn’t know your line from your leader, the guides at Glacier Anglers will give you the support and instruction needed to coax fish to your fly. All trips run on the North and Middle Fork of the Flathead River and allow you to experience some of the best Glacier National Park fishing. Full-day trips give you ample time to find your rhythm and hunt down “the big one” while soaking up the scenery that surrounds you.
After an exciting day of fishing, as your guide is preparing a hearty gourmet dinner, relax around the campfire and tell a few tales. If your arm isn’t worn out from casting all day, you can wander down to the bank for a little evening fishing. After a delicious dinner and sitting under the stars, the soothing murmur of the river will lull you to sleep. These trips can be customized to be 2 to 7 days and cover 22-32 miles.
Great Bear Wilderness Trips
In 1978, the Great Bear Wilderness was established as a corridor linking the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park. The Park and wilderness areas combined make a total of approximately 3 million acres, one of the largest tracts of protected lands in the lower contiguous United States. Flowing through the heart of this rugged and beautiful landscape, the Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River carves its way through the glacial valleys and lush forests of Northwest Montana. Years of hard-fought conservation efforts have kept this the most pristine river in the nation. As the summer season progresses and the river recedes near the headwaters, you access the river at a point where it is navigable via an easy trail. This scenic hike ventures through the beautiful Granite Creek valley and takes about two hours. Once you reach the river, you’ll spend the remainder of your trip casting to native Westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout and camping along the Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead. These trips are 5 days and cover about 16 miles of river. The first morning starts off with an easy 5.5-mile hike on Granite Creek trail down to the river. From there, the next 4 days will be spent floating and wading your way down the river during the day and camping during the night. On the last day of the trip, there’s an opportunity to hike up to an alpine lake to cast for Yellowstone cutthroat trout. This trip is available to adults over 16 years of age or older prior to July 1, and 12 years of age or older after July 1.
Boats and Equipment
Glacier Anglers guides have fished these waters since 1976 utilizing rafts and sometimes drift boats. All overnight trips on the upper Middle Fork are with experienced, safe, knowledgeable, and certified guides and crew.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
North Fork Overnight Trips (8 person maximum)
2 days / 1 night = $1,375.00 per person
3 days / 2 nights = $2,062.50 per person
4 days / 3 nights = $2,750.00 per person
Middle Fork Overnight Trips (8 person maximum)
2 days / 1 night = $1,350.00 per person
3 days / 2 nights = $2,025.00 per person
4 days / 3 nights = $2,700.00 per person
Great Bear Wilderness Trips (8 person maximum)
5 days / 4 nights = $5,346.00 per person
Prices are double for single tent / raft. Cabin rentals are also available for overnight lodging before or after your float trip.
- Guide pick up & drop off (meet at Glacier Anglers)
- Accommodations per your package
- Guided fishing per your package
- Tents (overnight trips)
- Sleeping pads (overnight trips)
- Sleeping bags
- All meals on overnight trips (lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day)
- Lunch (day trips)
- Rods/reel, flies, and tackle provided by the guide
- Waders/wading boots (if needed)
- Shuttle fee for guide’s vehicle
What’s Not Included:
- Transportation to West Glacier (rent a car)
- Alcoholic beverages (BYO)
- Montana fishing licenses (buy at the fly shop)
- Gratuities for cleaning staff
- Gratuities for guides and outfitting crew
- Pillow, toiletries, and other personal items (overnight trips)
- Taxes (will include upon invoicing)
Glacier Anglers (West Glacier, Montana)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For all lodging and fishing cancellations outside of 45 days of scheduled arrival at the lodge, a 50% refund or a trip credit (minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee) will be issued. For cancellations inside of 45 days, deposits and final payments will be forfeited, and no refund will be issued. A partial trip credit may be issued for a rescheduled trip within one year, but this is at the discretion of the outfitter. If a cancelled package is resold by either the outfitter or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. In the case of cancellation by the client, both deposit and final payment may be transferred to another guest or angler for those same (original) dates if facilitated and arranged by the client. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for this trip.