Flathead River: The Flathead River flows from Canada, past Glacier National Park, gathering water from the Bob Marshall and Great Bear Wildernesses, passing through Flathead National Forest on its way to the Clark Fork. The Flathead River has three forks; North, Middle and South. The main stream of the Flathead River flows freely, dropping just an average of four feet a mile through its 55 mile course to Flathead Lake. The river meanders endlessly, especially below Kalispell where it offers lots of backwaters and sloughs. You are mainly fishing for Cutthroat trout, whitefish, rainbow trout, bull trout, lake trout and northern pike. The river contains so much water to fish and so many species of fish, before you start stop in and see where the best fishing is. An added benefit is the beauty of the surrounding area, native fauna and intense solitude. You may even bump in to a bear or two.
Clark Fork: Starting at the confluence of Warm Springs Creek and Silver Bow Creek near Anaconda, the Clark Fork makes its way for approximately 275 miles northwest before entering Idaho and eventually feeding Pond Oreille Lake (Idaho’s largest lake). The trout average around 15 inches, but fish to twenty inches are fairly common with the occasional “trophy”. The Clark Fork is a beautiful river and can be rewarding for anglers of all skill levels.
Blackfoot: The Blackfoot is a gorgeous, 130 miles of scenic river. It gained national fame when Norman McLean’s book, A River Runs Through It, was released as a big screen movie in 1992. The river is a great fishery for native cutthroat and bull trout and the introduced species of brown and rainbows. The Blackfoot begins in the high, timbered mountains near the Continental Divide, wanders through boulder fields, cutting between rock walls and timbered slopes.
Missouri: Its size and its length may be intimidating, but one day on the Missouri can teach a flyfisher a lot about trout and trout water. Any day is a good day on the Missouri and it has excellent hatches every day of the year. Fishing is mainly for rainbow and brown trout. Flyfishers can expect both rainbows and browns to average 15-17 inchs. If you are lucky you may catch a few past 20 inches.
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