Fishing Season: April-November

Middle Fork Flathead River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Glacier Anglers's Tip of the Week

The water temps have stabilized with the recent cooler weather to below 60 degrees. Still always keep fish in the water and keep handling to a minimum. River levels are dropping again rapidly . Good action on attractors ants and beatles. slow early wait until it warms up. If you find fish work the water as they are starting to bunch up

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Map of Middle Fork Flathead River

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5-Day Outlook as of 9/21/23

Outside temperatures are going to stay in the mid tp low 60s. with lows in the 40s. We are expecting some unsettled weather through the week. Fall is creeping in! 1 high country snows have arrived Caddis are still around with good hatches later in the day and the terrestrials are abundant as temps warm up mid day.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/21/23

Dropper rigs with flashy nymphs. Elk Hair Caddis, Purple haze and Para Wulff patriot flies have been working as of late. Ant and beetle patterns producing some nice fish also

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):
Adam's Purple Parachute purple 12-16
Tunghead Hare's Ear Flashback brown 14-16
Stimulator brown 10-14
Flash Beetle natural 12-14
Adams Parachute Dry Fly tan 12-14
Travis Para Ant N/A

Adam's Purple Parachute

Tie on this deadly purple parachute dry fly to show trout something unique.

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)


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Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Blankenship to House of Mystery

Best Access: