Date(s) - 06/15/2017 - 06/25/2017
12:00 am - 11:30 pm
Duck Lake, Montana Open House Outing
Please reserve lodging as soon as possible. This region is very popular this time of year.
When: June 15-25, 2017. Not required to stay the entire time, but can come and go as needed.
Where: Duck Lake, Montana and Blackfeet Reservation Lakes 8 miles from St. Mary’s; 5 miles from Babb, Montana; 30 miles from Browning, Montana.
Cell Phone/Wi-Fi: The property has a land line: (406) 338-5076.
Cell phone coverage is spotty with very nearby locations where 1-3 bars can be found. Wi-fi: available on the property (no streaming). Most off site lodging facilities have connection.
Hosts: Marion and Steve Hiller, and Bruce Aigner, 8 Duck Head Drive, Babb, Montana 59411. Plan for a couple pot-luck dinner nights (Hosts provide main dish). Two nights will be chosen for pot luck over the course of the outing to hope to include all guests’ schedules.
Regulations: watercraft and license
Blackfeet Reservation lakes are governed by the Blackfeet Nation, thus there are specific regulations for the lakes and a Blackfeet Reservation license is required. A Montana license is not required for either the reservation or Glacier Park lakes. Get the regulations when you get your license at one of the two locations listed below:
2014 Blackfeet Reservation license cost: 1 day: $20; 3 day: $45; Season: $65
- All watercraft of any kind must stop for an inspection before putting in at any lake…Day light checkin location is on Highway 2 between East Glacier and Browning which is about 45 minutes from Hiller camp.
- NO FELT WADERS in Blackfeet and Glacier waters on the Blackfeet reservation:.
- Must have a Blackfeet Nation license.
- Regulations: http://blackfeetfishandwildlife.net/fishing-regulations/
On-Line Licensing: http://blackfeetfishandwildlife.net
Daily Fishing Permit – $20.00 (valid for purchase day only)
3 Day Fishing Permit – $45.00 (valid for three consecutive days only)
Season Fishing Permit – $75.00 (valid April 1-March 31
or buy license at:
Lakestream Outfitters in Whitefish. Best if you are going through Kalispell
The owner and salespersons fish reservation lakes so have knowledge and flies.334 Central Ave., Whitefish, mt. 59937
Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Glacier Outdoor Center at the Glacier Anglers Fly Shop, West Glacier
12400 US 2
West Glacier, Mt 59936
1-800-235-6781 Hours opened vary so call on the way.
Fishing Equipment: A pre-outing fly tying event will be scheduled (TBA)
Species: Rainbows, Browns
Rods: 4 or 6 weights
Lines: Floating, Intermediate, Type 2-5 sink
Leader: 4x, 9-12 foot typically
Flies: Suggested flies for the Blackfeet Reservation: This time of year expect the following insects: On the surface: Callibaetis mayflies. These will be the primary hatch at this time of year. Other insects: damsels, perhaps traveling sedge, flying ants; below the surface: chironomids, scuds, leeches, mayfly nymphs, damsel nymphs and caddis pupa.
Standard patterns; parachute Adams, Mitch’s sedge (olive), leech patterns (burgundy, black, and chartreuse), bead head prince nymph, sheep creek nymph, orange and olive seal bugger. Two winning patterns from last summer: Silky Johnson, enhanced Canadian Fullback, and sheep creek. Recipes are as follows.
#10 3xl 2x heavy hook – TMC 5263
1/8” Fluorescent orange brass bead
140 din fluorescent fire orange thread
polar chenille UV olive copper UV was the best, but UV olive brown and olive UV also worked
Enhanced Canadian Fullback
#10 2xl, std weight hook – TMC 5262
6/0 black thread
3/0 black thread for rib
1/8” wide pheasant tail for back
6-8 strands of pearl Krystal flash for tail – 1/8” long
body of dubbed dark olive hare-torn
brown hackle beard
- A hard sided boat, pontoon boat, or float tube. Strongly recommended a 10 hp max, motor-provides more coverage for 5 sq. miles of fishable waters.
- Must wear an approved PFD when in a boat and moving.
- Appropriate gear/clothing (waders, waist/chest belt for the waders, wading shoes, rain gear, hat, polarized sun glasses
- Beach fishing is also possible.
Hire a Guide:
Fishing guides for Blackfeet Reservation: http://blackfeetfishandwildlife.net/licensed-outfitters/ Guides for reservation lakes must be Blackfeet Natives.
Morning Star Outfitters, Browning, Montana
Joe Kipp- guide and owner…. Highly recommended:
(406) 845-8447 http://www.blackfeettrout.com
Communication: best by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakes: Kip, Mission, Four Horn
Fee: $ 450 a day for two; includes flies and lunch;
CutBank Creek Outfitters, guide: David Parsons
Lakestream Outfitters, Whitefish, Montana-for westside rivers
http://www.lakestream.com (406) 862-1298
Talk to Rob: Fri./Sat.-day; Wed./Thur.-evenings
Mainstream of the Flathead River, Clark Fork River, Blackfeet River can be up to a 4 1/2 hour drive-one way), Missouri River: a 3-4 hour drive-one way
Directions To Hiller Camp:
This is the fastest way to Duck Lake. If you have navigation equipment pick this route from Bellingham: Head south on I-5, I-405, I-90 east toward Spokane, exit at St. Regis, Montana (gas up, eat, hotel: you are about halfway). Drive north on Montana 135, following a river. At intersection turn right on Montana 200. Turn left after Perma, crossing a bridge over the river onto County Road. 382. At the intersection, turn right on Montana 28. At the intersection where you see Flathead Lake, turn north on US 93 to Kalispell.
To Whitefish to buy a license: Continuing north on uS 93, turn left at US 93 Bypass. This will take you around downtown Kalispell. Turn right at US 2 intersection. Turn north (left) on US 93 towards Whitefish. Drive until you reach the town where the Lakestream Outfitters is located.
Leaving Whitefish to West Glacier or to by a license at Glacier Outdoor Center: Head South on US Hwy 93. Turn left on Hwy 40. Hwy 40 will become US Hwy 2. Follow Hwy 2 through Columbia Falls and continue eastbound on Hwy 2. Between mileposts 152 and 153, we are on the right (south) side of the highway, 1/2 mile west of the entrance to West Glacier. Look for the large log arch and “Glacier Outdoor Center” sign at our entrance.
Continue on US 2 around the south end of the park to East Glacier and to Browning. At intersection US 2 and 98, turn right going through Browning, population about 3,000. After several stoplights when the road veers right, get in left lane and turn left onto Duck Lake Road 464 by a cement teepee shaped structure, heading north for approx. 25 mi. You will see a large sign: Montana Duck Lake Lodge, continue for another 4 miles climbing to the top of a long hill. As you begin to descend, you will see Duck Lake on the right. Go about 1 mile downhill to the west end of the lake. Look for a sign “The Stone House at Duck Lake” on the left side of the road. Turn right on the a gravel road (West Shore Drive). Go 1.4 miles to where the road turns left and what looks like a dead end straight ahead. Do not turn left, advance forward to our driveway on the right side of the road. Red gate, 8 Duck Head Drive, Lot 47.
Arrange Overnight Accommodations:
On-Site: Hiller Property:
- Day/Night Parking (car/boat) is readily available at our property and on the street. Our beach is large enough for boats or water craft and is a opportune launching place.
- Lodging on site: two small trailers on site used as bedrooms only can host: 1. one person or a couple (queen bed); two single beds. Trailer Pad for one traveling trailer. Talk to Steve to reserve a place.
- Tenting: It is not wise to tent on our property because of potential for grizzly visits. When we used to tent, we experienced two night time bear visits, thus the trailers are now on site. Last year, during the daylight hours and from her pontoon boat, Marion watched a grizzly run along our property’s shoreline and then disappear into the bushes. Bear sightings or visits are always a possibility.
Off-Site Lodging: Near-By: Make Reservations ASAP
Vacation Rentals by Owner on the Lake: for a group of fishers:
http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/montana/glacier-country/babb There are several properties around the lake.
On the lake and within walking distance to Hiller property:
On the lake and about 1 1/2 miles from Hiller property:
Glacier Trailhead Cabins: About 8 miles from lake (Dan Combs or Klaus Lohse stayed there last time. Ask them for their thoughts.) http://www.glaciertrailheadcabins.com
St. Mary Glacier Park KOA Kampground: (Phil Terizan recommends it.) Cabins and RV hookups (8 miles from Hiller camp) http://koa.com/campgrounds/st-mary/ St Mary, 10 miles from Duck Lake; Phone: 800-562-1504
Johnston’s of St Mary: RV hookups and cabins
Address: 21 Red Eagle Rd, St Mary, MT 59417
Montana Duck Lake Campground: RVs and Cabins. 2017 under tribal management Address: 464 Duck Lake Rd, Browning, MT 59417
WARNING: Do not consider Montana’s Duck Lake Lodge. There have been issues of several kinds for us to feel good about recommending this establishment although you might see 4/5 stars on their website.
Near-by Activities for Families:
Visit Glacier National Park (2014 Prices)
Entrances: St. Mary’s (Going-to-the-Sun and ranger stations) and Babb (Many Glacier
Lodge, campground, small village). Park entrance fee: for a visitor traveling on foot,
bicycle, motorcycle, or for individuals traveling together in a vehicle.
Summer Rate – $12.00-$25.00 depending upon pass. Senior Park Pass allows entrance
Park Activities: visit park website for opportunities for kids and adults at:
hikes-easy to difficult; ranger-led activities and hikes; day classes; visit famous lodges,
boat trips, gift shopping, horseback rides, ranger spy-glass animal viewing, boating,
guided bus tours; native dancing and learning; singer/songwriter performances…
Rafting Trip: half day and whole day. (2 hour drive one way) Drive around south end of
park going; coming home on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Glacier Raft Company: Marion
has taken three float trips with this company. Choose whole day or half day.
See Reviews onTripAdvisor:
Nearby Attractions: http://www.browningmontana.com/attractions.html
The Museum of the Plains Indian-in Browning, Montana
First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park-in British Columbia, Canada
Firewood: Check current fire restrictions that might be in effect. No firewood needed in the Hiller camp.
Please Note: It is the responsibility of each 4CFF member and guest to be prepared for each fishing outing by having the proper equipment including personal flotation devices. Know your own capabilities, or lack thereof, and plan accordingly. It is also the responsibility of each 4CFF member and guest to know the fishing rules and regulations. Don’t be bashful in asking other members for help. It’s O.K. to ask whether or not you need to use barbless hooks, etc.