“In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ’s disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.” ― Norman Maclean
Montana: it offers dozens of attractions, adventures, and sports. One of the most iconic, restful, and unique, though, is fly fishing. Literary greats like Norman Maclean (author of A River Runs Through It) and conservationists like Yvon Chouinard and Izaak Walton first popularized fly fishing. Today, fly fishing in Montana is one of the most sought-after experiences in any angler’s life.
Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished angler, booking a fall fishing trip in Glacier National Park will be an unforgettable experience. Here’s what you need to know about booking your fall trip:
When is the Best Time to Fish in Montana?
When it comes to fishing in Montana, you have two peak seasons: early spring before the runoff starts (from about April to mid-May), and fall. During autumn, the water is cool and clear, the temperatures dip, and trout are feeding avidly once more.
Not only does fall bring prize trout out in force, but it’s also a great time to escape the crowds of July and August. After Labor Day, many families have their kids back in school, guided fishing trips open in availability again, and the weather is crisp, clear, and beautiful.
Fall is also a great time to catch the bug hatches that bend rods and lead to once-in-a-lifetime fish. In the fall, the stonefly hatch includes many unique bugs. You’ll see nocturnal stones that hatch at night and blue-winged olives, which are a great test for expert anglers. There are also opportunities to fish big streamers as trout move to spawn.
If you’re a less experienced angler, you’ll enjoy throwing foam patterns and lighter-weight rods.
Book Your Guided Fishing Trips Today
If you’ve wanted to come fly fishing in Montana, fall is a perfect time. Here at Great Northern Resort, we offer guided fishing trips along the wild and scenic route of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, along the seam of Glacier National Park and the Great Bear Wilderness Complex. Here, you’ll find one of the healthiest fisheries in the world, boasting sought-after native Westslope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, lake trout, and big, healthy whitefish.
In addition to offering world-class fishing, we make it possible to kick back and relax with one of our Stay and Play Packages. These packages include entertainment like rafting, guided fishing, horseback riding, and more. You’ll also get beautiful accommodations in our on-site cabins or rooms.
What are you waiting for? Wet your line in Montana! Book your fall fishing trip today.