Glacier National Park Women’s Fly Fishing and Hiking Experience: The Details
Women. We’re different. And our Glacier National Park Women’s Fly Fishing School and Hiking Experience is different, too. Good different.
You and your girlfriends — the ones you make or the ones you bring — will spend 2 fabulous days fishing on Glacier’s turquoise Wild and Scenic border rivers and 1 day hiking in the park. Whether you’ve never picked up a fly rod, you don’t own hiking boots, or you’re ready to hone your already expert skills with our professional guides, we are ready for you!
The atmosphere is supportive, not competitive, and we place equal emphasis on catching fish and soaking up river magic. Fishing should be fun. Also, looking into Glacier National Park while fishing its border rivers allows a unique perspective on the Crown of the Continent. You’ll pass through peaceful, stunning, scenic sections of calm, glacially fed water. These crystal clear waters are home to native Westslope Cutthroat, along with Rainbow and Brook Trout.
On the third day of this adventure, we’ll explore the Going-to-the-Sun Road and the east side of Glacier National Park. Our professional hiking guides will lead a trip to the Virginia Falls area.
Each night we’ll stay in the quiet comfort of Glacier Guides Lodge, rated #1 on TripAdvisor since it opened.
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In addition to fine tuning your fishing skills, our professional guides will educate you about Glacier’s flora, fauna, geology, and culture. They place a special emphasis on river ecology, invasive aquatic species education, and sustainable fishing practices. Meanwhile, our guides take care of every logistical detail while ensuring that safety and fun remain at the forefront of this women’s fly fishing experience. No experience is necessary, as long as you come with an open mind.
Each day’s instruction will build on your existing skills, and the previous day’s lesson. Topics include:
- reading the water: where are the fish?
- choosing your fly: what’s best for this section of river?
- tying your knot: how do you keep that bug on there?
- casting your fly: what the heck is a double haul cast? how do I improve mine?
- catching fish: what are best Catch And Release practices?
- Leave No Trace philosophies
- and much more
Glacier National Park Women’s Fly Fishing and Hiking Experience – Itinerary
Arrive at our West Glacier office at 9:00 am to meet your fishing guide. (We can keep your car and your luggage, if you’d like!) Our guides are passionate and encyclopedic about Glacier National Park — no matter your level of fishing experience, we promise they’ll teach you something new as you float along the river. We’ll assess experience levels and preferences, and head out for the river by 9:30 am. Expect to be on the water by around 10am.
We’ll fish for a few hours, break for a delicious lunch, and return for a few hours more of bucket list Montana fly fishing! We’ll likely return to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft around 5:30 pm. If you need a ride, we’ll give you one up to check in at Glacier Guides Lodge, located just down the road from us, and within walking distance to West Glacier. Dinner is on your own tonight, perhaps with your new girlfriends! But first, we’ll meet at the Lodge for a Welcome Wine and Cheese Social with guests and guides. This will give us a chance to fully debrief from Day 1, discuss options for day 2, and get to know one another better!
Enjoy a hearty continental breakfast at the Lodge, and then load the shuttle to Glacier Guides and Montana Raft at 9:00 am. We’ll discuss today’s goals (fish, yes. fun, also yes.) and your guides will determine which section of river to fish today. Again, you can expect to return to our main campus around 5:30 pm, and we’ll shuttle you up to the Lodge. Dinner is again on your own.
This morning, your hiking guide will meet you at the Lodge at 8am. Today, we’ll explore Glacier National Park by foot. We will likely drive over the Going-to-the-Sun Road to explore the eastern side of the park. The hike to Virginia Falls is a delightful one, and we plan to explore that area, which includes St. Mary Falls and Sun Point, too. You can read more about what that trip will be like here. We’ll return from our hiking adventure around 5:30 and say our farewells. We predict lots of hugs, Facebook-friending, and memories you’ll cherish forever.
Glacier National Park Fly Fishing and Hiking Experience for Women
Everything You Always Wanted To Know But Were Afraid to Ask
#1 What’s on the menu?
We like to eat, and it shows. Our in house kitchen staff believes in sourcing locally, purchasing organic when possible, and fueling your body with the best available, homemade food. You won’t find greasy breakfast sandwiches or soggy subs on this itinerary! All meals offer nutritious and delicious choices. If you have dietary preferences, concerns, or restrictions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us prior to your trip. Our kitchen staff takes pride in its ability to accommodate almost anyone.
Breakfasts will be offered daily at the Lodge each morning beginning at 6:30am. Lunches will be provided on the river or the trail. Dinner will be on your own — there are many dining options in this area of Montana. Don’t hesitate to ask us for a recommendation, and be sure to read our Insider’s Guide prior to your trip.
#2 Where do I pee?
On the river, each day at lunchtime, you’ll enjoy portable toilets placed in a private location, and hand wash systems that provide running water via foot pump. Hand sanitizer is available any time you might need it. But don’t hold it all day! We want you to stay hydrated and we’ll discuss Leave No Trace in all ways, including how it applies to proper hygiene and sanitation habits for a day on the river.
On the trail, there may be pit toilets available, and again, we’ll have a discussion of appropriate Leave No Trace hygiene and sanitation practices while hiking.
#3 What do I wear?
For the river, wear non-cotton layers, even if it’s hot! Bring a big hat. Polarized sunglasses. Water bottle. Sunscreen. And your fishing license! Purchase and print it out ahead of time here.
For hiking, check out our Day Trips Packing List – be sure to leave room in your day pack for your delicious trail lunch!
#4 What are we fishing for?
Our main target is the Westslope Cutthroat trout, one of three native species in this region. We will also likely see Rainbow and Brook Trout. Fish size averages 9-10 inches – this is an average, not a promise! Because of the need to protect our fisheries, we are strong believers in catch and release fishing.
#5 What are we fishing with?
This varies by guide, and each guide will discuss what they’re choosing to cast with and why, as well as what casting patterns will be most effective and why, with you in great detail. Generally, guides will have a selection of dry flies mostly made to imitate stoneflies, caddis, and mayflies, depending on the season.
Our guides use drift boats, dories, and rafts for our fishing trips — most likely, you’ll be fishing from a dory, which allows space for a guide and 2 fisherwomen. Just a note, your fishing guide will likely be male.
#6 Where are we going hiking?
It’s good to keep an open mind about hiking itineraries, as trail status is always subject to change. That being said, we plan to drive over the Going-to-the-Sun Road and hike to Virginia Falls. This classic Glacier National Park hike allows for stunning wildflowers, multiple waterfalls, and fascinating cultural interpretation, too. The east side of the park is bounded by the Blackfeet Nation. You can learn more about this hike here.