Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: September 24th, 2013 by kali

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With cooler mornings and shorter days, we can already tell that fall is in the air. This is one of our favorite times of the year in Glacier Country. There’s great wildlife viewing, diminishing crowds and more time to enjoy the natural beauty all around. It’s a great time to see Glacier National Park before it gets ready for winter. Our beautiful log cabins are discounted to low season rates starting September 16 and there are still plenty of activities including fishing with Glacier Anglers. Plan to join us!

Posted: September 10th, 2013 by kali

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Whichever way reviews come, we love them all!  Check out a few of our latest reviews -

Glacier Anglers Trip Advisor
We had a 3 person 4 day fly fishing trip on the Upper Middle Fork with Marc. Best fly fishing trip ever. The equipment was all in good shape. Marc knows the river like the back of his hand, pointing out an innumerable number of good places to catch fish. We were killing them! In addition, we got some class 4 & 5 whitewater on the trip and he was masterful with the raft. Great places to camp and great weather just capped off a wonderful trip.

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Never went rafting before but am now PUMPED! Ryan, our river guide, had an impressive resume as son of folks who own a rafting company in W. Virginia…and a history of rafting himself since he was a kid! OK, I’m old (68) and a woman whose interest in adventure takes a slow downhill slide on a yearly basis. What I loved at West Glacier was that our river run was both tranquil, exciting and WHOO HOO exhilerating from time to time. This was an occasion that fit our family group–grandma, kids, and grandkids–without being TOO Tame…and has convinced me to push the envelope next time. FANTASTIC experience wrapped up with a super steak dinner at the end. Ah, the Huckleberry Cheese Cake was to DIE FOR! THE BEST ADVENTURE FOR THE MONEY IN GLACIER NAT’L Park!

Glacier Outdoor Center Cabins
At the end of June our family of 4 adults and 2 young kids were doing a quick tour of Glacier National Park. Idea was to stay in a different location each night and explore the area each day. Our first stop was West Glacier and we decided to stay at the Glacier Outdoor Center Cabins this time to try and avoid a little of the congestion in West Glacier and Apgar Village. We were overwhelmed by how nice, clean and BIG the cabins were! It was shoulder season so we got a 2-story new construction cabin with sleeping room for at least 10 people for the same price we would have paid for a tiny/outdated/thin walled room or cabin in Apgar. There was a full kitchen with all the necessary utensils/plates/coffee/sugar etc. There were gas fire places downstairs in the “family room” and upstairs in the kitchen. We used the fireplace at night for the down stairs as it was a bit chilly. Cabin had 2 full bathrooms, 2 queen beds in each of the 2 bedrooms and 2-3 sofa sleepers. There was a great upstairs balcony with outdoor seating just off the kitchen and separate entrances on both levels. There was even a bbq, wish we had known- would have stopped at the grocery store on the main highway on the way in to get something to grill! There was nothing we needed…but more time! After seeing the lovely cabin with such comfortable accommodations we wished we had booked a longer stay- one night was not enough! The grounds were beautiful, grassy areas to play, a pond with geese within a short walk from our cabin, sand volleyball court, huge towering pines and cottonwood trees (that were “snowing” when we were there!) Location is perfect- t was literally a 3 min drive to West Glacier shops/restaurants and the entrance to GNP. And as an added bonus we got a discount on our white water rafting trips just for staying with them. Now that we know about this secret location, we will definitely be back and next time we will have to stay longer and have more time to explore and enjoy the area.

Posted: September 10th, 2013 by kali

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This past weekend, Glacier Anglers hosted Northwest Montana’s 3rd annual Casting for Recovery retreat! The retreat is for Montana women in various stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery. Glacier Anglers taught them how to fly fish, they relaxed in nature and were with others who understand their experiences.

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The Casting for Recovery Montana Glacier Country included the opportunity for participants to meet psychosocial counselors, fly fishing instructors, and volunteers from the community who trained to be part of the Casting For Recovery program.

Sometimes there’s no better therapy than being out on the river, casting a line and taking in the gorgeous scenery of the Flathead Valley.

Other Casting for Recovery retreats are held throughout the country–so if you don’t live here, you can find one in your area.

Posted: September 6th, 2013 by kali

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Glacier Outdoor Center and Glacier Anglers are proud to host the 2013 Casting for Recovery Retreat in West Glacier.  This is the 3rd year Glacier Outdoor Center has hosted this retreat.  We are ecstatic that these women get to have this experience here in Glacier National Park.

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Posted: August 15th, 2013 by kali

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Looking to hit all the stops in Glacier Park for your family vacation?  Glacier Park Inc. has you covered.  Check out their Great Glacier Adventure Tour which will have you staying at many of the Park’s lodges, enjoying day hikes and traveling around in an iconic Red Bus.  And not to mention you have a day full of casting and rafting with Glacier Anglers and Glacier Raft Co!  You start with a 2 hour fly fishing lesson from one of our great guides and then hit the river for a half day of whitewater rafting.  This tour is a great way to experience what Glacier Park has to offer without having to plan everything separately.

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Posted: August 13th, 2013 by kali

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The waning days of summer mean just one thing for Glacier Anglers — great fishing! Both the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead are fishing really well. A full day guided fishing trip will get you to the stretches of the river where the pressure is minimal. We’ve had a lot of fun accessing the North Fork by helicopter this summer for multi-day fishing trips, avoiding the bumpy North Fork Road. It’s not too late to plan an amazing custom fishing trip with Glacier Anglers! Fishing will be good well into October.

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Posted: August 5th, 2013 by kali

Hopper Season Has Arrived!

With temperatures in the 80′s Hopper Season is now in Full Swing in West Glacier.  It’s the time of the year to dig deep and find the large foam dry flies.  Whether they are in purple, red, orange or yellow, all colors seem to be working these days.

North Fork

It always seems that the water gets clearer every day, and with that fish can look up and see your dry fly.  We’ve been taking trips all the way from the Canadian Border down to the confluence with the Middle Fork, and the North Fork has been very productive dry fly fishing.   We’ve had the opportunity in the last few weeks to teach a number of people how to fly fish and they all have had very successful days on the North Fork.  Try smaller dries in the morning and then move to larger hoppers in the afternoon.
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Middle Fork

Without rain, Montana is getting dry and the water is visibly dropping.  The Middle Fork is starting to get “skinny” which means low water and exposed rocks.  Be careful floating the upper stretches. It seems to have concentrated the fish, and we are seeing some great “eats” by fish on our dry flies.

The days on the Middle Fork have been productive and we are seeing a number of quality fish caught.    Don’t be scared these days to start thinking about fishing 5x tippet, and smaller dry flies.  Hoppers, Caddis, and smaller stoneflies are still working well, but a refusal may been seen occasionally.  Think perfecting your drag free drift and switching to 5x tippet to remedy this.
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Posted: July 29th, 2013 by kali

Fishing just keeps getting better and better! The high runoff is over and the river has been on a steady decline. Visibility has greatly improved and the fish are really starting to look up.  Watching a Cutthroat swim six feet up to eat your fly can really distract you from setting a hook! Let Glacier Anglers take you to the fish!

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Posted: July 23rd, 2013 by kali

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Fall is one of the most beautiful times here in Northwest Montana. Take advantage of our shoulder season and low season rates for our beautiful log cabins overlooking the mountains of Glacier. The fall colors and diminishing crowds bring a serenity like no other.

There is still plenty of water to fish and fish to catch in the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River. Join Glacier Anglers for a fly fishing adventure of a lifetime.

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Posted: July 16th, 2013 by kali

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Glacier Anglers is now an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter.  Glacier Anglers Fly Shop carries Orvis Brand fishing shirts, reels, tippet, leader and other fly fishing equipment and gear. Come in and check out all the great gear we have in stock!

Stay up to date on current fishing  conditions and other news on the Orvis News Site.