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Flathead River Half Day Fly Fishing

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Experience a true fly fishing adventure along the scenic Flathead River, just outside of Kalispell, Montana. Perfect for both seasoned anglers and first-time beginners, offering a blend of engaging fly fishing and a relaxed float that will take you through some of the best scenery in Montana.

As you glide along the main stem of Flathead River, you will be in the capable hands of an expert guide with a true local knowledge of the river. Your knowledgeable guide will provide you with insider tips and techniques to help you catch some of the best fish in the river such as west slope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, whitefish, and bull trout.

The tour is suitable for all skill levels and includes all the necessary fishing equipment, making it an excellent opportunity to learn how to fly fish or to polish your skills.

With a convenient meeting point and put-in location in Kalispell, this adventure is an excellent way to explore the beautiful Flathead River while enjoying a relaxing and unforgettable fishing experience.

Looking for a longer trip? Click HERE to learn more about Flathead River Full Day Fly Fishing.

Important Tour Information

Fishing Licenses - All participants ages 12+ must carry a Montana FWP Fishing License which you can learn more about HERE. A license must be purchased prior to the start of the trip. We recommended purchasing your license(s) a day or two prior to the trip to account for any last minute cancellations.

Drift Boats - A single drift boat has a maximum of 2 people. Groups larger than 2 people will use additional boats as necessary.

Transportation Requirments - This trip is best suited for those traveling with their own vehicle or a rental car. After meeting your guide, you will dive behind and follow your guide to the take-out location. You will then park your car and be shuttled to the put-in location further upriver. Once you finish your float down the river, you will reach the take-out where your car is parked.

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What's Included

Transportation upriver to starting point
Fly Fishing Equipment
Knowledgeable Guide
Water & Snacks
Guide Gratuity
Montana FWP Fishing License (required ages 12+)

Frequently Asked Questions

How big are the fish in the Flathead River?
The fish caught typically range from 8 to 16 inches. There are definitely some very nice sized fish in this river. If you're looking to get into really big trout consider a trip with us down to fish the Missouri River for 1-2 days.
Are we guaranteed to catch fish on the Flathead?
Nope, that would be called "catching" not "fishing"! With that said, this river is full of fish that will bend your rod and great guides that will increase your chances of success. Most boats come in smelling fishy, but no guarantees as weather, bugs and temperatures vary everyday.
Can I bring my own fly fishing rod and gear?
You are more than welcome to bring your own fly fishing rods, flies, or any other equipment you may like. Otherwise, your guide will have all the equipment and flies needed to have a great time.
Which part of the Flathead River will we fish?
Flathead River fly fishing trips take place on the main stem of the Flathead River located downriver from Glacier National Park. The drift boat put-in is located in Columbia Falls and you will continue downriver to the take-out in Kalispell.
Do we float in a drift boat or a raft?
Most of the time your trip will be done in a hard-sided drift boat designed for fly fishing. Some of our trips on other sections of the river may be done on a raft with a fishing frame to access more difficult to reach parts of the river.

Quick Facts


4h 00min

There is no minimum age to participate in this tour.

Your tour costs are refundable if canceled 24 hours before the tour departure. If booking using the Book Now, Pay Later option, the 5% deposit is non-refundable under all circumstances.

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