July Fishing Update

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.

middle fork flathead

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.

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