Glacier Outdoor Center Blog

Posted: July 23rd, 2013 by kali


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.


Posted: July 16th, 2013 by kali


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.

Posted: July 8th, 2013 by kali

underwater catch

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

cutthroat trout

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

trout tv orvis

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


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: June 3rd, 2013 by kali

We know a lot of people out there can not experience what we get to live everyday! So, we always want to share the last best place as many people as possible and make sure you stay up to date with the latest happening in Glacier Country.

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We have so many different ways for you to stay updated:

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And don’t forget to read our blogs!

Posted: May 8th, 2013 by kali

trout tv glacier anglers

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 -

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 - 

Take a Fly Fishing Clinic.


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.



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  for updates.



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.