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Guided Fly Fishing Float On the Flathead River

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Ready for your "River Runs Through It" Montana moment? Book your half-day or full-day fly fishing trip near Glacier National Park. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the main stem of the Flathead River and get hooked on Montana fly fishing. The Flathead River is an iconic trout fishery with so much to offer.

On this trip, you'll float in a drift boat on the main stem of the Flathead River with one of our seasoned fishing guides that will take care of everything from A to Z. Half Day Tours run ~4 hours and full days are ~8 hours.

Price is per boat, not per person. 1 or 2 people.

*We encourage a maximum of 2 people on the boat, plus the guide. If you'd still like to add a 3rd person, you may do so as an "add-on" for $149. Maximum of 2 people fishing at a time. *

Whether you're a seasoned vet looking to get into the hot spots on the river or a first timer hoping to hook into a trout on a fly rod, we've got you covered. All experience levels are welcome and this section of river can offer up some beautiful fish to those that come knocking.

Guides will provide fly rods, flies, snacks, water, lunch, boats and shuttles from take-out to put-in. All you need to do is show up, hop aboard and enjoy your time on the river.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can purchase your Montana fishing permit HERE online before the trip. Lunch is included only in the Full-Day trip.

Half-Day vs Full-Day

  • Timing - Half day trips (4 Hours) may be booked for either the AM or PM time slots available. Full days (8 Hours) please select the AM time only for full day trips.

  • Inclusions - Snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, cooler, gear, guide, raft, shuttle back to meeting point. Full-Day trips do include Lunch.

Fish Species on the Flathead River

  • Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Whitefish
  • Lake Trout (less common in the river vs. Flathead Lake)
  • Bull trout
  • Cutbow (hybrid between Cutthroat and Rainbows)

Why Book This Tour?

  • Incredible guides that will work hard to increase your chance of landing a beautiful fish
  • Half Day leaves time for exploring Glacier Park or other nearby attractions
  • One of the best ways to see nature is floating on a boat down the river

Meeting Location

Jagz Restaurant Parking Lot - Google Maps - Meet your guide and follow them to the takeout so you're ready to drive away at the end of the float.

Fishing Cancellation Policy

Due to private guide and boat reservations, cancellation is required 72 hours in advance for a full refund. Cancellations before 48 hours will receive a 50% refund and cancellations under 48 hours from trip start will not receive a refund.

What's Included

Experienced Guide
Drift Boat
Lunch (for Full Day only)
Shuttle from take-out back to put-in
Fishing Permit
Guide gratuities
Transportation To Meeting Point

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.
Can a 3rd person ride along in the boat?
It is strongly preferred to have a maximum of 2 guests on the boat with the guide. You may add-on a 3rd person in the boat in checkout for an additional fee. Maximum of 2 people fishing at a time. The 3rd person ride-along is not guaranteed and you MUST email or call us about this request in advance of your tour to confirm. In the event we cannot accommodate a 3rd person, your additional fee will be refunded.
How long is a "half-day" fly fishing trip?
A half-day fly fishing float on the Flathead is 4 hours. Full-day floats are 8 hours round trip.
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 rod and gear?
You bet! While your guide will have all the equipment and flies needed to have a great time, you are more than welcome to bring your own.
Which part of the Flathead River will we fish?
The half day fly fishing trip on the Flathead River takes place on one of a couple different sections between Teakettle bridge in Columbia Falls and the Old Steel Bridge in Kalispell. Your guide will meet you, drop a car at the takeout and take you to the ideal put-in for the day based on what is fishing best.
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


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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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