Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: July 8th, 2013 by kali

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With the recent heat wave, summer is in full swing here in West Glacier, and summer fishing is getting hot because of it.

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The Middle Fork of the Flathead River:

In the last few days the Middle Fork has significantly improved, the high runoff is over and the river has been on a steady decline with it currently at 3.83 ft and flowing at 4,470cfs. 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. Over the 4th of July weekend, the Golden Stoneflies were hatching well in the afternoon, and because of this the dry fly fishing has been starting to get very good.  Fish size 12 and 14 Stimulators in Orange and Yellow, along with size 12 foam patterns such as Chubby Chernobyl’s or the Yeager’s 409.  A foam dry with a small pheasant tail dropper is working in the mornings, and switch to single or double dries by mid afternoon.

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The North Fork of the Flathead River:

As of a few days ago the North was still high, but dropping nicely.  The river was at 4.61 feet and flowing 4,910 cfs.  Visibility was a bit off, but that didn’t hinder the fish from eating dry flies.  Fish Chubby Chernobyl’s in orange, purple and red, smaller sized foam beetles or ants or pick your favorite foam attractor in size 12, the fish are looking up and looking for food. flies

For both rivers, fish were eating dries tied on 4x tippet.  Leaders can be either 7.5ft 4x or 9ft 4x.  The fish did not seem to make a decision that one was better than the other. Make sure you use a good floatant to keep your flies riding high through the riffles.

Posted: June 24th, 2013 by kali

youth-day-camp-fly-fishingOur Fun on the Fly – Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp was a great success this past Sunday.  Thank you to all the participants who came out and to our great instructors Hilary and Shane from Outside Media and Garret and Kyle from Glacier Anglers.

 

Posted: June 15th, 2013 by kali

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Glacier Anglers, Glacier Raft Company and Orvis teamed up for this great Glacier Getaway that aired during Trout TV commercials.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

First Prize – Rick O. from Clancy, MT

Second Prize – Mitch T. from Fort Collins, CO

Third Prize – Peter H. from Fernie, BC

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who watched Trout TV and entered our contest.  We hope to see you out on the river.

The prizes for each winner are as follow:

First prize is a fly fishing adventure for 2 on the waters surrounding Glacier National Park valued at over $3500!
3 nights lodging in one of Glacier Raft Company’s one-bedroom deluxe log cabins
2 full days of guided fly fishing with Glacier Anglers
3 days car rental from Dollar Rent-a-Car
2 Orvis Helios 2 premium fly rods

Second prize is a whitewater family adventure valued at over $500!
1 night lodging in one of Glacier Raft Company’s one-bedroom deluxe log cabins (up to 5 people)
1/2 day whitewater adventure for the entire family (up to 5 people)

Third prize is a whitewater family adventure valued at over $500!
1 night lodging in one of Glacier Raft Company’s one-bedroom deluxe log cabins (up to 5 people)
1/2 day whitewater adventure for the entire family (up to 5 people)

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 by kali

It’s not too late to sign your kids up for FUN ON THE FLY – Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp held at Glacier Outdoor Center’s Ponds.  The camp will be held Sunday June 9 and 23, 10:00-3:00.

This is an opportunity for youths ages 10-16 learn the art of Fly Fishing and Casting from Guides of Glacier Anglers.  They will learn the basics of casting, knots and fly selection.

$69 per youth which includes lunch.  Session ends with a cast off and awards.  All equipment is provided.

Parents, sign your child up and take a 1/2 Day Whiteater Raft Trip with Glacier Raft Co for only $35 per person (limit 2).

Fun on the Fly 2013

Posted: May 8th, 2013 by kali

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Tune in this weekend to Trout TV to see what fishing is like on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River – the southern boundary of Glacier National Park!

Hilary and the crew from Trout TV went out onto the river last summer with Glacier Anglers guide Brock and had an epic day.   The clarity of the water is a sight to see in itself!  Don’t miss the opportunity to enter to win our Glacier Getaway during the commercials as well.

Here is a list of show times in your area - http://www.welikefishing.com/shop/about-us/info_5.html

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 by kali

Fun on the Fly 2013

Posted: April 16th, 2013 by kali

Spring can be a magical time of year in Glacier National Park.  There are no crowds and the scenery is amazing.  Check out our list of things to do in and around Glacier during the spring.

Bike Camas Road.

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Plow crews cleared Camas Road which runs parallel to the Inside North Fork Road and is fully paved.  This time of year the traffic is minimal which makes biking the road a great option.  You will pass Huckleberry Mountain and see great views of the park’s mountains through the Roberts Fire burn.  Camas road eventually leads to the North Fork Road where your journey can lead you either south to Columbia Falls or north to Polebridge.

Check out Polebridge.

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Polebridge is the only little town that can be found anywhere up the North Fork Road.  On your way up there look off to your right every once and a while and see some amazing views of the most northern mountains in the park and the beautiful waters of the North Fork of the Flathead River.  Once you make it to Polebridge, be sure to check out some of the delicious baked goods of the Mercantile which opens April 26th this year and can be visited 7 days a week from 8am – 6pm.

Drive to Lake McDonald Lodge and Bike Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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The park has cleared the road from Lake McDonald for hiker and biker access.  During the week, Going-to-the-Sun Road is open for hiker/biker access to the Avalanche parking lot.  During the weekend there are no hiker/biker restrictions on the Road.  Get out there and experience Glacier on your bike with no view restrictions and no traffic!

Drive to the St. Mary entrance of Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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Going-to-the-Sun Road is open to Rising Sun Motor Inn on the East side of the park, about 5.5 miles.  Take Highway 2 to Browning and head north on 89 which will take you all the way to St. Mary.  From West Glacier this drive should take about 2 hours and offers plenty of sightseeing on a  sunny day!  Once you reach Rising Sun you can park your car and walk Going-to-the-Sun Road to Wild Goose Island.  It is a quick half mile walk on the road but still has a little snow cover so be sure to wear your boots and bring your bear spray.  Here is driving directions on Google -  http://goo.gl/maps/Y6YfH 

Take a Fly Fishing Clinic.

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Need to spruce up your cast or just want to learn?  Come join us at the Glacier Outdoor Center for a casting clinic.  We have fully stocked ponds that are ready to fish.  This time of year we are all thinking about fly fishing and can’t wait to get back into it.  Currently the rivers are blown out, but our ponds are ready to rock.  A one hour clinic, for 2 people is just $45.

Hike.

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Keep an eye on Glacier’s Trail Status Report for openings.  Clearing of trails will start around the 1st of May so stay tuned to http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm  for updates.

Raft.

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Spring is a great time to catch the spring snow runoff on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.  Some of the rapids may be a little washed out but others are class III+.  Our half day whitewater trip is only $55.64 per person and lasts about 2 hours in the spring.  We have wetsuits and neoprene booties to keep you warm on the river.

Posted: April 15th, 2013 by kali

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming summer and want to share our excitement with you. Every week until our season starts, we’ll share one of our river trips with you. So be sure to tune into our blog each week to find out about each of our trips and find the perfect one for you and your friends or family!

Our sixth trip is our Fly Fishing School and Clinic:

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One Day Fly Fishing School

This school provides you some of the best fly fishing education and guidance Northwest Montana has to offer. Our professional guides are all licensed by the state of Montana and have fished these waters for many years.

The school includes great fishing and instruction. The morning is spent at our stocked trout ponds which are located just outside of Glacier National Park focusing on the history of fly fishing, types of equipment, casting techniques, fly identification, knots, presentation, hatches, reading water and fish identification. This school is geared to getting you to a level where you feel confident to fly fish on your own.

All fishing trips depart from Glacier Outdoor Center. Check in 30 minutes prior to trip departure.

A Montana Fishing License is required for Daily Fly Fishing Trips. Licenses can be purchased at Glacier Outdoor Center prior to departure.

Departs: 8:30am
Adult (1 or 2 persons) $450 Price does not include 7% service fee.
Meal: Deli-style lunch
Trip Length: 8 hours
Departure Dates: Daily, late June through September
River Rating: Class I-II 
River Miles: 6 miles
Age Limit: 6-8 in June, 3-4 in July and August (dependent on weather and water conditions)
License: $25 for 2-day license (includes required Montana Conservation License and State Lands License)
$15 for additional 2-day license.
$70 for season license.

One Hour Casting Clinic

There are four ponds at Glacier Outdoor Center and each is routinely stocked with Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout. The ponds are located in a secluded natural setting right outside of Glacier National Park, allowing you to forget the hustle and bustle of vacation and focus on what’s really important…. catching fish!

All fishing trips depart from Glacier Outdoor Center. Check in 15 minutes prior to trip departure.

Departs: Trips times are based on availability.  Please make an appointment.
Adult (1 or 2 persons) $45, $15 per additonal person. Price does not include 7% service fee.
Trip Length: 1 hour
Departure Dates: Daily, late May through September
Age Limit: 4+
License: No Fishing licnse is required.

Posted: April 1st, 2013 by kali

We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming summer and want to share our excitement with you. Every week until our season starts, we’ll share one of our river trips with you. So be sure to tune into our blog each week to find out about each of our trips and find the perfect one for you and your friends or family!

Our sixth trip is a Multi Day Fly Fishing Trip:

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Montana is legendary for its great natural wonder and outstanding fishing. At least once, you should treat yourself to an extraordinary fishing adventure in this “last great place.” The rivers we fish, the North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River, border Glacier National Park, one of the most sensational natural settings on earth.

Both rivers are catch and release and boast large populations of native Westslope Cutthroat trout. The North Fork is famous for its spectacular views, crystal clear waters and abundance of wildlife. With its headwaters starting in Canada, the North Fork flows south, forming the western boundary of Glacier National Park. This majestic river provides prime habitat for fish with a variety of water conditions. You can drift a fly across a deep, slow-moving pool or lay your line out along the tail of a fast-moving riffle while taking in unfettered views of Glacier’s Livingston mountain range, home to many of the park’s tallest peaks.

The Middle Fork of the Flathead starts in the heart of the Bob Marshall-Great Bear Wilderness Complex and flows northwesterly until it reaches the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. While being renowned for its exciting whitewater, the Middle Fork also offers excellent fishing, spectacular scenery and many species of wildlife. If you are looking for the one wilderness-fishing trip that offers it all, the upper 32 miles of the Middle Fork in the Great Bear Wilderness is it (see 4-7 day Great Bear Wilderness Fly Fishing itinerary for more information).

What to expect

These rivers have one of the nation’s largest remaining populations of native Westslope cutthroat trout, along with other fish like rainbow trout and mountain whitefish. After an exciting day of fishing, as your guide is preparing a hearty gourmet dinner, you can relax around the campfire and tell a few tales. If your arm isn’t worn out from casting all day, you can wander down to the bank for a little evening fishing. After a delicious dinner and sitting under the stars, the soothing murmur of the river will lull you to sleep.

When planning your trip, keep in mind that both of these rivers are classified Wild and Scenic. That means they are not dam-controlled and the river levels depend upon the previous winter’s snow pack and rainfall. Because of this, the fishing usually doesn’t start until after spring runoff and the water has cleared up, which is normally late June or early July. From July through September, though, the fishing is exceptional.

Our trips include 2 fishermen and 1 guide per boat. All of our guides will have a good supply of flies, leaders, tippet and quality rods and reels. If you use their equipment, it is your responsibility to reimburse them if you break or lose anything, as most of them provide this service out of their own pocket. If you have your own gear, we recommend you bring it.

What to bring

Fly Fishing : We recommend a 5 weight/9 foot rod or smaller with a weight forward floating line, several leaders (4x or 5x leaders work well), and a good variety of western trout patterns including the Chubby Chernobyl in pink or purple, Army’s Ant in natural or black, red and yellow Humpies, Royal Wulff, caddis patterns (especially the Elk Hair), Parachute Adams and Stimulators. Although the fishing is primarily from a boat, you may want to throw in your waders. If you have questions on what to bring or would rather wait to pick up your equipment when you arrive in Montana, we have a full service fly shop to assist you.

Spin Fishing : We recommend small ultra-light rods and reels set up with 6 lb. test line. For lures, the small 1/8 to 1/4 oz. spinners seem to be the best. Mepps lures in red and white, silver, and gold, Panther Martins in a variety of color patterns (especially orange), and blue foxes are the most popular.

Custom fishing made for you

We would be happy to custom design a trip for you and your friends that would best suit your needs and time. We can design trips for all levels of fishing ability, from beginning instructional to the seasoned fly-fisherman (or woman). All our guides are experienced, licensed professionals who share the passion for fishing that only other fisherman can understand.

Our trips don’t have a rigid structure. We try to design them to best suit your interests and desires. Our goal is simple: to give you the best fishing experience possible. We like to keep our trips small, but can accommodate groups if needed. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will help you polish your fishing techniques and teach you some new tricks. Don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty of time to kick back, read, and take photos of the breathtaking beauty around you.

Make plans to come join us in Montana. It will be an experience you will never forget!

All fishing trips depart from Glacier Outdoor Center. Check in 30 minutes prior to trip departure.

A Montana Fishing License is required for Fly Fishing Trips. Licenses can be purchased at Glacier Outdoor Center prior to departure.

Departs: 8:30am
Adult: $425 per person per day
Gear Boat included
Price does not include 7% service fee.
Trip Length: 2-7 Days
Departure Dates: Daily, July through September
River Rating: class I-IV 
River Miles: 22-32 miles
Age Limit: 8-10 in June, 6-7 by mid August (Dependent on weather and water conditions)
License: $25 for 2-day license (includes required Montana Conservation License and State Lands License)
$15 for additional 2-day license.
$60 for season license.

Customize your trip with our North Fork Heli Fly-In Float-Out Fly Fishing
Access the North Fork of the Flathead by helicopter!

Glacier National Park Helicopter Tour

Begin your multi-day fly fishing trip with a scenic flight over Glacier National Park. What a spectacular way to see parts of Glacier Park not accessible by trail or road! You will land at the launch site for your fishing trip where your guides and fishing boats await. Call for pricing quote.

North Fork Fly-In Float-Out Testimonial
“If you are going to come this far to fish, this is the way to do it.” Gerry Corrigan while flying in a helicopter for the first time to access the put in on the North Fork of the Flathead River.

Glacier Anglers, Glacier Raft Company and Orvis are teaming up for a great Glacier Getaway!

Glacier Anglers Logo with West Glacier white background      trout tv

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Watch Trout TV to get the details on how to enter to win one of three great prizes!

First prize is a fly fishing adventure for 2 on the waters surrounding Glacier National Park valued at over $3500!
3 nights lodging in one of Glacier Raft Company’s one-bedroom deluxe log cabins
2 full days of guided fly fishing with Glacier Anglers
3 days car rental from Dollar Rent-a-Car
2 Orvis Helios 2 premium fly rods

Second prize is a whitewater family adventure valued at over $500!
1 night lodging in one of Glacier Raft Company’s one-bedroom deluxe log cabins (up to 5 people)
1/2 day whitewater adventure for the entire family (up to 5 people)

Third prize is a whitewater family adventure valued at over $500!
1 night lodging in one of Glacier Raft Company’s one-bedroom deluxe log cabins (up to 5 people)
1/2 day whitewater adventure for the entire family (up to 5 people)

Contest rules and restrictions:
One entry per person
All entries must be received before June 3, 2013

Winners will be announced June 15, 2013
First Prize redeemable only from August 1-September 15, 2013
Second and Third Prizes redeemable from June 15-September 15, 2013
Reservations required and subject to availability
Excludes travel to/from West Glacier, Montana
Excludes Montana fishing license
Excludes all meals with the exception of lunches provided on full day fishing trips
Must be 21 year of age or older to enter

For airing dates in your areas check out Trout TV’s website