Want to live out your A River Runs Through It dreams by casting flies across the rivers of Montana? You’ve come to the right place.
The Flathead River has hundreds of miles of world-class fly fishing set among the most spectacular scenery.
The Flathead River system is made up of three forks (North, Middle, and South). From your homebase at Marina Cay, most of your fishing will likely take place on the North and Middle forks.
The Middle Fork
The Middle Fork of the Flathead River creates the southern border of Glacier National Park. It flows roughly 70 miles before it meets up with the North Fork of the Flathead.
The primary fish you’ll find in the Middle Fork is the Westslope cutthroat trout. This is a native fish of the Flathead River System, making catching them a truly unique Northwest Montana experience.
You’ll also find rainbow trout, lake trout, and whitefish in the rivers.
The North Fork
The North Fork of the Flathead originates in Canada and flows south into the United States. The North Fork creates the western border of Glacier National Park.
The North Fork has some of the best views, and the best fishing. Again, you’ll find Westslope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, lake trout and whitefish in this stretch.
You can try your hand fishing the river on your own, or take advantage of one of the many guide companies in the area.
Whichever approach you take, just be sure you know the local regulations and be licensed. Stop in to a local fly shop for tips and information, and visit any convenience store in the area to purchase the necessary licenses.
Click the links below to browse a few local guide companies that will give you a truly great Montana fly fishing experience.