Fishing Season: April-November

Middle Fork Flathead River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 49°

Temp:

49°

Water Temp:

45

Glacier Anglers's Tip of the Week

The river is finally fishing well! Would recommend warm afternoons for the most successful fishing. The best stretches of the river are higher up, the water tends to be more clear.

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Map of Middle Fork Flathead River

Water Flow Data

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Glacier Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 6/20/24

Warming up throughout the week, we will see the river maintain a steady flow.

Techniques & Tips as of 6/20/24

Fishing large dry flies with shallow droppers has been working the best. Nymphing deep with indicators will also help produce fish.

Local Species Available April-November

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    Trout

Glacier Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Gee's Supafly Stone Dry tan 12-16
Tunghead Prince brown 14-16
Moto's Minnow brown 10-14
Bead Head Caddis Pupa natural 12-14

Gee's Supafly Stone Dry

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Glacier Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About Middle Fork Flathead River

The Middle Fork of the Flathead River originates in the heart of the Great Bear Wilderness in one of the most remote and pristine areas in the lower 48. Once the river reaches Hwy 2, just west of Marias Pass, if flows westward, following the highway and making up the majority of the southern boarder of Glacier National Park until its confluence with the North Fork near Blankenship Bridge. The Middle Fork is a true Jewel, with excellent West Slope Cutthroat fishing along its entire length.

Nearest Airport:

Glacier International - Kalispel (FCA)

Hatches:

Mayfly's Stonefly's

Best Time to Fish:

afternoon

Best Stretch:

Essex-Paola

Best Access:

Paola