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

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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

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 fifth trip is the Great Bear Wilderness Fly Fishing:


Every once in a while an opportunity floats by that’s just too exciting to pass up. Get ready, this is one of them. We invite you to join us on our 4 to 7 Day Great Bear Wilderness Fly Fishing adventure this summer. No other trip in the lower 48 states compares. This is a fishing experience you will treasure for a lifetime.

In a nation where so many of our great rivers are dammed, their flow regulated by government rather than nature, there’s a special magic about the Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River. As part of the nation’s Wild and Scenic River System, the Middle Fork is a remote, free-flowing wonder of a river. It’s very rare to see another party on the upper section and the fishing is phenomenal. You’ll see breathtaking scenery, experience fly fishing at its best, enjoy gourmet meals, and share tales of the day around the campfire before crawling into your tent alongside the river.

In 1978, the Great Bear Wilderness Area was established as a corridor linking the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier National Park. The park and wilderness areas combined total approximately 3 million acres, the largest tract of protected lands in the lower contiguous United States. Flowing through the heart of this rugged and beautiful landscape, the Upper Middle Fork of the Flathead River carves its way through the glacial valleys and lush forests of Northwest Montana. Years of hard fought conservation efforts have kept this the most pristine river in the nation. We are proud to be the only Montana outfitter permitted to operate fishing trips on this portion of the Upper Middle Fork.

What to expect 
Until the winter snowpack clears (usually around July 10 th), we fly in by commuter plane. Your trip begins with a panoramic flight over the wilderness area to a remote airstrip along the headwaters of the Flathead River at Schafer Meadows. As the summer season progresses and the river recedes near the headwaters, we access the river at a point where it is navigable via an easy trail. This scenic hike ventures through the beautiful Granite Creek valley and takes about two hours. If you prefer not to hike in, we can arrange to have a horse carry you. Once we reach the river, you’ll spend the remainder of your trip casting to native Westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout and camping along the Upper Middle Fork.

The rapids of “Spruce Park Gorge”, “Lunch Creek” and “25-Mile Creek” make this a real adventure. Trips through June experience exciting whitewater, but if you’re looking for some of the best cutthroat fishing in the northwest then it’s best to come after the first week of July through the end of August.

The Upper Middle Fork has a bounty of native Westslope Cutthroat trout as do the high mountain lakes in this area. We will take a short 1½ mile hike into one of these mountain-cradled, crystal blue lakes. The lakes hold Yellowstone Cuttroat that can get as big as 20 inches and weigh up to 3 lbs. On the river it’s not uncommon to pull in fish over 16 inches. You may catch something else, too – a glimpse of a deer, moose, elk, mountain goat, or eagle. There’s a lot of wildlife in this backcountry.

Custom group trips 
If you’re interested in an exclusive fishing trip, we can customize an itinerary for your group. We typically hold group sizes to around six. For every two customers we have one guide. Our emphasis is on providing a wonderful experience – fishing, camping, rafting, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. Our agenda is subject to change due to trail conditions, weather, water levels and group interests. One thing is certain: you and your friends will find much to enjoy on this remote wilderness adventure.

What to bring
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 much of the fishing is from a boat, you may want to throw in your waders. If you have questions on what to bring or if you prefer to pick up gear when you arrive in Montana, we have a full service fly shop to assist you. A Montana fishing license is required prior to trip departure. You can purchase one at Glacier Outdoor Center.

This is a “wild” river and as its classification implies it should not be taken lightly. We recommend you be in good physical condition for this trip and be prepared for some breathtaking moments. You’ll leave feeling tired but rejuvenated after having spent several days deep in the heart of Montana’s most remote wilderness. Grab the opportunity!

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.

Due to the constraints involved with wilderness travel, we ask that you limit your baggage to 40 lbs. per person. This trip is available to adults over 16 years of age only prior to July 1, and 12 years of age after July 1.

Departs: 8:30am Time varies depending on hike/flight schedule.
Adult: $695 per person per day
Gear Boat included
Price does not include 7% service fee.
Trip Length: 4-7 days
Departure Dates: Available by request July through mid-August
River Rating: class III-IV 
River Miles: 22-23 miles
Age Limit: Mature 12 (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.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 by kali

We have been hit hard here with some warm weather; there’s still snow and skiing but it’s that time of year to get your rod out.  If you’re in the Flathead and need activities for the entire family, check out our pond fish.  It’s a great way to get your kids outside and have them learn the iconic Montana sport of Fly Fishing. Don’t miss our Fun on the Fly – Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp this June!  Check out the photos below and give us a call this spring to sign your kids up!

Posted: March 7th, 2013 by kali

glacier outdoor center open

That’s right!  Glacier Outdoor Center has opened its doors for the season.

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Come in and check out our deals on last year’s apparel and fishing supplies!  New gear is arriving daily starting April 1 so be sure to come in for the latest gear and apparel. Stop in to get the latest area fishing updates and check out our large selection of flies.

fly fishing section

Open 7 days a week from 9am – 4pm.

Posted: February 25th, 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 second trip is a guided Half Day Fly Fishing Trip:


No matter if you are a seasoned fly fisherman with decades of experience or a novice who doesn’t know your line from your leader, our guides will give you the support and instruction needed to coax fish to your fly.  All our trips run on the North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River in the shadow of Glacier National Park.

Our Half Day trip is a great way to get a taste of fly fishing or accommodate a busy travel schedule.

Half Day Fishing trips depart at 8:30am and 1:30pm.

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

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

Trip Length: 4 hours
Departure Dates: Daily, late June through September
River Rating: Class I-II
River Miles: 6 miles
Age Limit: 6-8 (dependent on weather and water conditions)
Rates: 1 or 2 fishermen: $350 (prices do not include 7% service fee)
License: Montana fishing license is required and available at Glacier Outdoor Center:
$25.00 for 2-day license (includes required Montana Conservation License and State Lands License).
$15 for additional 2- day license.
$70 for season license.

Posted: February 19th, 2013 by kali

We had a great weekend at the Montana Sportsman’s Expo this past weekend. Thank you to all those who stopped by our booth and congrats to those 10 lucky kids who won a scholarship to our Fun on the Fly – Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp. Our scholarship winners were Roger, Terra, Rebecca, Cheyenne, Sam, Jackson, David, Hannah, Skyler, and Gabe. Congrats to these kids!
Learn more about our Fun on the Fly – Youth Fly Fishing Day Camp at - and be sure to sign your kids up!

The Winner of the Orvis Clearwater flyrod was John Sistok of Kalispell. We look forward to having him join us on a raft trip also as he had purchased a trip we had donated to a benefit auction last year. The Winner of the door prize, a fullday raft trip for 4, was John Bolles of Kalispell.

Posted: February 14th, 2013 by kali


Glacier Raft Co and Glacier Anglers will be attending the Montana Sportsman’s Expo at the Kalispell Fairgrounds February 15-17.  Be sure to stop by our Glacier Outdoor Center booth to say hi and check out the great deals we will be offering during the show only!  A few of the deals are:
Preseason specials on AIRE Rafts
Great deals on used AIRE Rafts
If you order an AIRE Raft before March 31st with 25% down and receive a free NRS Longhorn Fram
Buy a raft and receive 10% off boat accessories
Hot specials on flies
glacier outdoor center fly selection

10% off daily raft trip coupons
We will also have door prizes!

Stop by for more information about Orvis and trips we offer in the Great Bear Wilderness and on the Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River!

Kids can enter a drawing to win 1 of 10 free Fun on the Fly scholarships – A youth fly fishing day camp held at the Glacier Outdoor Center.

We will also have a raffle for an Orvis Clearwater Series Fly Rod and the proceeds will be donated for scholarships for our Fun on the Fly Daycamp.

Check out more about the Expo at their facebook page or online.

See you there!

Posted: January 31st, 2013 by kali

glacier park cabins in june

June can be magical at Glacier National Park. Before the crowds descend on the Park and before tourists and vehicles take over Going-to-the-Sun Road, take some time to embrace our very special corner of Montana. Glacier National Park is open year-round and as our winter snow melts, the Going-to-the-Sun Road slowly uncovers its 52-mile length. Before cars are permitted on the Road, however, it opens to hikers and bikers wanting to explore its alpine reaches, and Avalanche Lake is one of the hiking trails to open early. Whitewater rafting is thrilling as the rivers swell with snowpack melt, and we have all the gear to make your Class II-III trip comfortable. Wildlife reappears after a long winter in hiding and is often seen along the Camas Road and the North Fork Road towards Polebridge, Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake. It’s a great time of year for a horseback ride in the forest looking out on to the snow-capped mountains of the Park. Fishermen wet their flies on the waters of the Two Medicine, and our stocked ponds offer plenty of opportunity to perfect your cast. Nearby Whitefish Mountain Resort offers alpine slides, ziplines, mountain biking, hiking and scenic lift rides. Take advantage of our shoulder season discount through the month of June at Glacier Raft Company’s cabins. Cabin guests receive a 10% discount on all rafting and fishing trips.

Posted: November 15th, 2012 by kali

Ever been curious about where we store all our gear at the raft co? When you come to hang out with us in the summertime, you see our colorful array of boats, PFDs, coolers, tables and fishing gear but when you’re finished with your trip it all seems to disappear, leaving behind an immaculate campus.

Where does the gear go?  Well, our guides and managers take pride in organization.  There is a place for everything. Trailers go into the proper queue, boats go into the stalls, rafts get cleaned and rolled up in the barn loft, coolers hang happily from the rafters, busses await their winter maintenance and all is good on the western front at  Glacier Raft Co. –see for yourself in the pics below!


Posted: September 21st, 2012 by kali

The colors are changing here in Western Montana which boasts great scenery and amazing fishing.  If you are on the edge about booking a fishing trip -it’s time to reconsider! Here are a few photos to persuade you.