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09-19-2012, 01:44 PM
This report might not be of much use, given the NorCal/Nevada bent of the trout fishing reports here, but my wife and I recently returned from a week up at Glacier/Waterton and I tried my best to get some fishing in.

A lot of the water up there is actually sterile due to extreme temperatures and the glacial runoff not providing a good environment for aquatic insect growth. Early on in the trip, I threw some flies around a couple of different stretches of the Belly River, as I had never caught an Arctic Grayling.

I still haven't. :(

I did have a small fish on for a couple of seconds while fishing McDonald Creek above the lake, but didn't see what it was.

I also hit the creek between Josephine and Swiftcurrent Lakes, looked like there might be some good holes, but still nada.

On the next to last day, Avalanche Lake, which had been closed earlier because of smoke on the trail, opened up. Lots of Westslope Cutthroat trout there that become active as the sun starts setting. Small, but very aggressive to the dry fly, making it an entertaining end to the skunk.


This is pretty representative of the 5 or 6 that I landed before we hoofed it out of there as it was getting dark.

The last full day in the park, we walked into Hidden Lake (500' up from the Logan Pass visitors' center to the overlook, then 700' down to the lake). Here, you can hang out and wait for the Yellowstone Cutts to come cruising by and try to cast to them by sight. Exciting and frustrating, as on this day they were turning their noses up at everything I tried.

Finally, I tied on a tiny, white, mayfly pattern, and a good-looking specimen comes up on my right. I put it in front of him and see him tip up, but then return to his course. I stripped and recast and the second time he ignored it completely. Finally, I recast about 45 degrees to my left and put it a little farther in front. He comes up, gulp, gulp, and on the second gulp, he took it!

Tried to get him in as quickly as possible to get a picture and send him on his way - this is an anti-fish picture (usually folks hold the fish toward the camera with their arms extended, here, it's in the bucket of the net, farthest away, oh well). By handspans, about 18", and the largest trout I've ever caught!


Glacier isn't the hotbed for trout fishing that Yellowstone is, but coupled with the scenery (obscured by Idaho smoke while we were there, unfortunately) and the copious amounts of wildlife, I highly recommend making the trip!

09-19-2012, 02:18 PM
Doesn't matter where your at,your post was a great read an well done.
have any pics of the area an park you can share??......Don

09-19-2012, 03:39 PM
Most of the scenic shots were hazy from the smoke - I did get some other wildlife stuff. I'll try and post some later.

09-19-2012, 03:45 PM
Idaho, summer, smoke? Wooda thunk that. Last three years I have not been able to get to the gold sites when I travel up there due to fires. Are they trying to be California? Fires all the time? Sorry for the vent those pic's and that writeup are great.......Jetspray

09-19-2012, 10:43 PM
have any pics of the area an park you can share??......Don

Here's a couple...a bull moose, and evening at Cameron Lake



09-20-2012, 05:03 AM
Nice fish! I caught one myself in July, when my wife and I were camping on Jackson lake in the Grand Tetons. It was about the size of yours, technically a "Snake river fine-spotted cutthroat". Was that what that one was? I know Wyoming alone has four different cutthroat species, and of course we have our beautiful Lahontans here.....cutthroats all around one of the down-right prettiest trout you can catch.

"One Fish" Bainter

09-20-2012, 07:02 AM
Sorry about the pic, my wonderful wife has trouble remembering to take a pic of JUST THE FISH lol
"One Fish" Bainter

09-20-2012, 07:05 AM
According to the literature I was reading, Hidden Lake is populated by Yellowstone Cutthroats (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_cutthroat_trout).

09-20-2012, 08:53 AM
Doesn't matter where your at,your post was a great read an well done.
have any pics of the area an park you can share??......Don

Yeah, dead on Crabby! So many of the reports are from a relatively small area, I would love to see reports from all of the Western states! I am a creature of habits, I frequently travel to the same spots repeatedly, but by having reports from other locales, I just might broaden my travels!.......bob

09-20-2012, 10:09 AM
Nice report,

I was up at Glacier earlier this summer and we fished Quartz lake I believe. Off the hook action for westslope cutts and even some bull trout. Nice place to get away from it all and lots of wildlife to see.


09-20-2012, 01:46 PM

Just joking, but I just picked my parents up at the airport from a trip to Glacier this past Sunday lol. Looks like you had as good of a time as they did.