Montana Outdoors

April 4, 2011


Filed under: Flathead river — Tags: — montucky @ 11:21 pm




Photos taken of the lower Flathead River on the Flathead Indian Reservtion


  1. Photos like those make me want to get my fishing pole out! I’ve never fished the lower Flathead River but it looks like a good place to wet a hook.


    Comment by Jim — April 5, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    • Most of the lower Flathead is on the Reservation and has mostly pike from what I understand. The very bottom part of several miles just above where it joins the Clark Fork has pike and bass, but also some pretty nice cutthroat.

      There is some good news here lately too. They recently completed a 7 $Million fish ladder at the dam at Thompson Falls, about 25 miles down stream from here and already they have had some fairly large Rainbows using it. Some of them will certainly move up into the Clark Fork and likely into the lower Flathead as well.


      Comment by montucky — April 5, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  2. I really enjoy trout river fishing, just me the rod and some gorgeous trout.


    Comment by Trout river fishing — April 5, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    • I love river fishing too. This area should be getting better now that it has pretty much recovered from Whirling Disease that devastated the trout population a dozen or so years ago.


      Comment by montucky — April 5, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  3. Hi Montucky, Gorgeous photographs! I just love the symmetry in nature. Have an outstanding day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 5, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    • Thanks! I wonder what those reflections look like today. I notice that the river here has now gotten high and muddy from the recent rains.


      Comment by montucky — April 5, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  4. Nice reflection shots! I really like the top one! Awesome!


    Comment by Barbara — April 5, 2011 @ 11:38 am

  5. Looks like spring has finally sprung in the mountains. What gorgeous colors!


    Comment by Marcie — April 5, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    • It is spring now, off and on. We had a little sun today, also a little snow.


      Comment by montucky — April 5, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  6. Delightful! These are wonderful reflection shots. I am going to see if I can figure out what all the trees are.


    Comment by sandy — April 5, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  7. Great photos! I love reflections in water…


    Comment by mitambien — April 5, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    • This is my favorite river for reflections. The water itself has a green tint.


      Comment by montucky — April 5, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

  8. Wonderful! Your photos make me long to get out on the water.


    Comment by farmhouse stories — April 5, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

    • Yesterday I saw an old man in a canoe on the pond in a marsh near here and that made me want to go with him!


      Comment by montucky — April 5, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

  9. Those colors in the water are beautiful!


    Comment by Candace — April 5, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    • The water of the Flathead has many moods and many colors.


      Comment by montucky — April 5, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  10. Beautiful reflections and colors! I especially like the last photo. I love these kind of reflective shots. Flathead is ruggedly beautiful.


    Comment by Anna — April 6, 2011 @ 6:05 am

    • Yes, it is a beautiful river, and flows through an amazingly diverse geological area.


      Comment by montucky — April 6, 2011 @ 9:00 am

  11. Beautiful & the reflections are awesome! Must be a fantastic place! =)


    Comment by Tricia — April 7, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    • It is on the Indian Reservation, where there are many such places where people haven’t tampered much with the natural settings. I find them great to visit.


      Comment by montucky — April 7, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

  12. OMG, how beautiful. The place seems to be right place for fishing and to stroll around. In last photo, I admired the rock formation, very interesting.


    Comment by sartenada — April 7, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    • It is a very nice place for both, Sartenada. There are no people around but lots of wildlife and waterfowl. I really do enjoy this Indian Reservation. I pay for an annual conservation license and that allows me to hike there as much as I wish. Its size is 1.3 million acres, so there is plenty of room to hike.


      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  13. Looks like things are greening… nice.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — April 8, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    • The valleys are greening up very nicely, but there is still considerable avalanche danger above 5000 feet.


      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

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