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Old 04-12-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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In August I'm going to Glacier NAtional Park and was wondering if anyone new any good river or lakes and what to use.

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We fished on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation years ago (flyfished)...tons of good producing lakes but don't go alone and don't stay out there overnight. We took our camper and pontoon boats. It's on the east side of Glacier and get good directions to the lakes because there are no roads...felt like I was an Oregon pioneer crossing the prairie. Go to the Montana Fish and Wildlife website...they have a listing of every lake (and probably rivers) in the state. Do some research and find a tackle/flyshop (even if you don't flyfish) and get acquainted with the shop owner OR frequent a local coffee shop...if the locals trust you, you can get some great information on little known spots. That is if you have time...
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We fished on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation years ago (flyfished)...tons of good producing lakes but don't go alone and don't stay out there overnight. We took our camper and pontoon boats. It's on the east side of Glacier and get good directions to the lakes because there are no roads...felt like I was an Oregon pioneer crossing the prairie. Go to the Montana Fish and Wildlife website...they have a listing of every lake (and probably rivers) in the state. Do some research and find a tackle/flyshop (even if you don't flyfish) and get acquainted with the shop owner OR frequent a local coffee shop...if the locals trust you, you can get some great information on little known spots. That is if you have time...
yah cause I know some places you don't need a lisence and otyhers you do.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:30 PM   #4
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Bring your basic fly fishing patterns. I just cruised different stream and lakes and did quite well. Different soft hackles covered just about everything subsurface. You can also do a quick day trip north and fish the Crowsnest which is truly a world class stream. Good luck
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Lots of good fishing in that area. If you like hiking there is good fishing in the park stillwaters. Do some research and be ready for bears. The forks of the flathead are good fishing and the Elk river in BC about two hours north on the west side of the park is great. It is also worth visiting the Kootnei river by the town of Libby Mt and the Clark fork on the say over. You will see a lot of good water depending on which way you drive.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:32 PM   #6
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i assume you are going with family. then you want to make the two mile hike on the boardwalk at logan pass to the hidden lake over look. you will have mountain goats right besides you at the overlook.
then hike down to the lake and spot fish for 20 inch yellowstone cutts with any high floating fly cast in front of them. best go on a day forecast for no wind. no license needed in the park.

without a long hike thats the only good fishing in august in the park.

other option is fishing any of the forks of the flathead river for small to medium sized cutts on hoppers. there is access all along the rivers and easy wading.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:10 PM   #7
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If you're going to be on the west side of Glacier, Kintla Lake has great fishing and camping also.
For my :two cents: it doesn't get any better than fishing a yellow stimulator on the North Fork of the Flathead river. Floated from the border down to Polebridge last summer and had a blast.
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thanks guys.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:24 PM   #9
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The only thing better than a yellow stimi on the nff is a Madame x! Hah...high drift has a point. If you like rivers, the middle and north forks of the flathead are great fun. Easy dry fly fishing for cuts with big, high floating patterns. Can't go wrong. The reservation lakes have big fish but are best in the spring and fall. In August, I would focus on the flathead forks. The lakes in the park (especially hidden lake as mentioned) can be a great combo of hiking and fishing. I grew up in whitefish, mt, I do miss that country.
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I can't wait to go now you guys got me excited.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:37 PM   #11
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You have to drive the "Going to the Sun Road"!






Incredible drive!

We ended up on Georgetown Lake a bit south and east of Missoula. I want to live there!


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THanks those are some great pics.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:13 PM   #13
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We'll be there on the first staying at granite park chalet, well worth the hike! check it out:
http://www.graniteparkchalet.com/
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We ended up on Georgetown Lake a bit south and east of Missoula. I want to live there!


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Hey..that's OUR lake..lol We have fished that lake a gazillion times. Beautiful lake for flies. Last time we were there, we couldn't stay in any of the parks because of the dead beetle-infested trees that could fall in the slightest wind. They usually have more than slight wind on some days.

Lakes will have high weed beds in August but if you are experienced flyfisherman, that shouldn't bother you.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:27 PM   #15
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Hidden lake





does have some pretty fish



Can't remember the name but the stream along the main drag through the west side of the park has some little cutts in it too.

That was a great trip.

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Mountain goats? What mountain goats?
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A couple of summers ago I fished the southfork of the flathead. Only fly we used was a dry royal coachman. Was the easiest fishing I had ever done in my life.
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Oh in THE BOB forest because there a re sweet videos on youtube of that.
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Oh in THE BOB forest because there a re sweet videos on youtube of that.
I have no idea what you said .... but yes we were in The Bob.
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Hey..that's OUR lake..lol We have fished that lake a gazillion times. Beautiful lake for flies. Last time we were there, we couldn't stay in any of the parks because of the dead beetle-infested trees that could fall in the slightest wind. They usually have more than slight wind on some days.

Lakes will have high weed beds in August but if you are experienced flyfisherman, that shouldn't bother you.
My best flyfishing days! Get me back there!!!!!!!




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i assume you are going with family. then you want to make the two mile hike on the boardwalk at logan pass to the hidden lake over look. you will have mountain goats right besides you at the overlook.
then hike down to the lake and spot fish for 20 inch yellowstone cutts with any high floating fly cast in front of them. best go on a day forecast for no wind. no license needed in the park.

without a long hike thats the only good fishing in august in the park.

other option is fishing any of the forks of the flathead river for small to medium sized cutts on hoppers. there is access all along the rivers and easy wading.
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There are sweet
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IN the flathead I heard that elk hairs work
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There are sweet
Gottcha Yes they are ....

I am sure that elk hairs would work. Fish are not very smart in The BOB. We must have caught 40+ fish each a day there. While they were plentiful and stupid, I will take a deschutes redside anyday.
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South fork of the flathead



I do miss home.
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South fork of the flathead



I do miss home.
“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”

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great movie
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