Flathead River Description
The Flathead River near Glacier Park is a large beautiful western freestone river. Draining a size-able portion of NW Montana, including parts of Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the waters of the Flathead River flow swiftly through some of the most beautiful scenery Montana has to offer. We guide our fly fishing float trips on the Flathead River above Flathead Lake. Here the Flathead River flows through the upper Flathead Valley, home to such popular towns as Whitefish , Columbia Falls, and Kalispell, MT. The river here is wide and frequently quite deep and fly fishing is best done from a drift boat. As the water in the Flathead River is fed predominantly by snowmelt and mountain lakes, the water is usually quite cold even well into the summer keeping our wild cutthroat trout hungry for dry flies through-out the warmest times of late summer . For most of its journey above the lake, the Flathead River flows very swiftly but gently, not slowing down until it reaches the lake effected waters south of Kalispell.