Fly Fishing at Kintla Lake
After our backpacking trip we drove across Glacier to post up in a cozy, minimalist cabin in the little town of Polebridge in West Glacier. The cabin was tiny and perfect! It had a big open glass window in the kitchen that looked out over the mountains in Glacier, a small bathroom, a full kitchen and queen sized bed. It has electricity but you have to set a timer for the generator behind the house and at night you can light the gas lamps which creates a wonderful yellow glow in the cabin. But anyways, fly fishing! The cabin was on the North Fork Flathead River which has great fishing (and that will be another blog post). But, one afternoon we drove an hour to Kintla Lake and we're both so happy we did. We had planned to spend the day at Bowman Lake but after seeing the parking was full at the lake we decided to trek off the beaten path to Kintla Lake instead. Kintla Lake was gorgeous! When we arrived it was overcast and the mountains were a creamy shade of purple and blue. The campsite was full of locals or families that had been coming to the park for years - not touristy at all. The water from the lake flows out into a big river that has a footbridge running over it. We walked around the lake towards the river, took the footbridge across and found a spot on the shore to start fishing. I spent the first few minutes looking at all the cool rocks in the lake, there were so many of them! Michael almost immediately caught his first cut throat and kept catching them all afternoon! A few big ones got off the line- those little suckers are insanely wild, but we got quite a few in the net. For about a half hour I was on the shore and he was pretty far out in the lake so I wasn't able to get pictures of all the fish. About an hour or two into fishing the sun emerged from behind the clouds and the colors around the lake brightened immediately. It's pretty wild how colors can change so suddenly depending on the light. I fished for awhile too and caught a few fish! After a few hours of fishing we decided to pack it up and go to another river south of Polebridge. Kintla Lake was seriously gorgeous, and peaceful. I could have spent the entire day here laying on the bank and watching Michael fish and enjoying the rushing water and amazing mountains. If you ever find yourself in west Glacier I highly recommend making the trek to this lake! There's also a hiking trail that goes around the lake and you can bring any non-motorized boats (kayaks, canoes and paddleboards).