Fly-fishing the Waters of Northwest Montana

In northwest Montana, we’re surrounded by incredible lake and fly-fishing opportunities. To the south, you’ll find Flathead Lake and the Swan River. To the northeast, you’ll quickly come upon the Middle, North and South forks of the Flathead River. To the northwest, the massive waters of Lake Koocanusa and a variety of mountain streams. No matter which direction you go, all of our waters are glacial-fed and these clear streams, rivers and lakes are home to healthy populations of lake trout, bull trout, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout.

While you can hit the waters of Montana on your own (be sure you purchase a Montana fishing license and familiarize yourself with fishing regulations), one of the best ways to experience our incredible blue-ribbon fly-fishing and lake fishing is to book a trip with a seasoned outfitter or guide. Once you’re in Kalispell stop by True Water Fly Shop located in the heart of downtown to get the latest fishing report and pick up fly-fishing gear before hitting the river.

Learn more about guided trips from Kalispell Discovery Guide Mike Howe here or where to cast a line with your kids at Pine Grove Pond.

Please remember, when recreating in Montana, protect our waters by following the three steps of Clean, Drain, Dry greatly minimizes the risk of spreading Aquatic Invasive Species into new locations. CLEAN: Completely remove all mud, water, and vegetation from your watercraft, trailer and equipment before leaving the water access area. DRAIN: All water from watercraft and equipment. DRY: Your watercraft and equipment. Aquatic invaders can survive only in water and wet areas. All watercraft (motorized & non-motorized) must stop at open inspection stations. Non-residents must be inspected and purchase a Vessel AIS prevention pass.

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