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Of the outdoor sports, fly fishing is arguably the most poetic. Over the past century, Montana’s blue ribbon trout streams have lured in explorers from all over the world. From beginners to active anglers, we invite you to come and increase your skills in this friendly learning environment. Participants will spend the morning learning stream ecology and casting techniques. We will also spend some time talking about the fly fishing communities women have to help them in their fly fishing journey. The afternoon will be spent applying your new skills into practice on the wild and scenic banks of the North Fork of the Flathead River.
Women’s Fly Fishing | Educational Program
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Mike Carpenter, Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor
Of the outdoor sports, fly fishing is arguably the most poetic. Over the past century, Montana’s blue ribbon trout streams have lured in explorers from all over the world. From beginners to active anglers, we invite you to come and increase your skills in this friendly learning environment. Participants will spend the morning learning stream ecology and casting technique. We will also spend some time talking about the fly-fishing communities that women have established to help them in their fly fishing journey. The afternoon will be spent applying your new skills into practice on the wild and scenic banks of the North Fork of the Flathead River in the Glacier National Park.
Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Big Creek Outdoor Education Center
Itinerary: (subject to change due to trail closures and weather)
9:00 Welcome: Meet at Glacier Institute Big Creek Outdoor Education Center. Brief Orientation.
9:15: Rods, Reels, Lines, Knots, and Flies: We will discuss equipment, assembly how-to, break-down, and general maintenance & care.
10:15: Where are the fish are and what are they eating? Exploration of Big Creek will lead to the understanding of basic principles of where the fish hide and what they eat. We will discuss aquatic invertebrates and how they relate to the flies we use.
11:00 Casting: Students will learn the correct methods of casting. We will then practice in an open field before adventuring onwards to the river.
12:45 Lunch and Discussions about Women oriented fly-fishing communities: The participants will get a chance to hear about women-based fly-fishing organizations in the Glacier region and throughout the United States. Get connected and get involved in the women’s fly fishing communities.
1:30 To the River: We will meet down at the river. We will go through proper safety procedures and spend a few minutes discussing stream flows, establishing a drag free drift, fish hooking, fighting and safely releasing our catch. Students will then have the opportunity to independently spread out and use what we learned in the morning to better their craft. Students will then spend the rest of the afternoon applying lessons learned.
Food: Please bring a sack lunch, plenty of water and snacks for the day.
Equipment: All participants should bring some sort of protective eyewear for the class. Polarized sunglasses are ideal. The Glacier Institute has fly fishing gear available if you do not have your own. You will need to bring shoes you can get wet. We will not use rubber hip boots. Old sneakers will work fine. Prepare for all weather.
Physical Requirements: Students should be able to walk over loose rocks along the riverbanks.
Fishing License: Students will independently practice in the afternoon from the riverbanks of Glacier National Park. While fishing in Glacier Park students do not need a fishing license. If you are interested in fly fishing outside of the park, fishing licenses are required and may be purchased from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
We will begin with learning about the basics of fly fishing. The afternoon will be set on the river practicing our casting. The walking will be on loose rocks along the river banks.
- This Glacier Institute program meets at Glacier Institute Big Creek Outdoor Education Center.
- Instructor: Mike Carpenter, Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor.
- The program will begin 7 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
- Hiking distance covers less than 1 miles with less than 100 feet elevation change.
- Current Montana Fishing License, you can purchase one at ols.fwp.mt.gov.
- On-site parking available.
- There is a maximum number of 13 hikers per trip.
- This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.
What to Bring
Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.
- Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
- 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
- Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
- Waterproof rain jacket and pants
- Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
- Camera (optional)
- Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
- Binoculars (optional)
- Field Notebook notes and sketches