Fishing Season: April-November

Middle Fork Flathead River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Glacier Anglers's Tip of the Week

The snow has started to fly here in the Flathead. Fishing will be hit or miss from now through the start of spring. Look for the sunny weather windows and drop nymphs deep in slow moving pools.

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Map of Middle Fork Flathead River

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Tidal Conditions

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Glacier Anglers

5-Day Outlook as of 11/24/22

Looks like we'll be seeing cold overnight temperatures, daytime highs in the upper 20's and lower 30's Opportunities to fish will land in the middle of the day, best bet is to pick a sunny afternoon.

Techniques & Tips as of 11/24/22

San Juan Worms and Stonefly Nymphs 10-12 feet under an indicator is your best bet. Try slow stripping an Olive Woolly Bugger if your fingers get cold!

Local Species Available April-November

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Glacier Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ brown 8-10
Vernille San Juan Worm pink 8-10
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer black 6-10
Tunghead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail natural 12-14

Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ

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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 - Kallispel (FCA)


Stoneflies Mayflies

Best Time to Fish:

Afternoon, when temps are highest

Best Stretch:

West Glacier - Blankenship

Best Access:

West Glacier