|Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:|
|Blue Damsel Lodge|
|Fins & Feathers|
|Missouri River Ranch|
|Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures|
Water flow: 3400
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Late Morning through mid Afternoon
Best stretch: Between the Dam and Mid-Cannon
Best access point: Holter Dam, Wolf Creek Bridge, Craig, Mid-Canon, Walk-Ins off Frontage Road
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Whitefish
Fishing season: Winter
Nearest airport: Helena, Great Falls
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Clear Sink Tip Fly Line
One of the largest and most easily accessed rivers in Montana is the Missouri River. The mighty MO' is certainly a trout factory! Three reservoirs in a row make this tailwater fishery have a constant water flow and stable temperatures from day to day. Amazingly fertile, with prolific hatches of mayflies, caddis, and midges, the Missouri is a 365 day river. You'll see fish rising just about every day of the ...
year. Take a float trip down the Missouri and you'll know why it made such a powerful impression on Lewis and Clark during their great expedition.
During the summer, caddis and mayfly hatches are so prolific that it looks as though there is a mini blizzard over the river. This river is known for its excellent dry fly fishing. But it's also amazing when fished with emergers. or small bead-heads as a dropper behind a dry fly. The MO fishes fantastically in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall with Baetis and Midges for dries and big, ugly streamers! That is when some very big fish are caught!
The Missouri throws itself into the heated debate of "Row vs. Wade" because it is so perfectly suited to angle from both a drift boat (or other water craft) as well as wade fishing on foot.
With an adult trout population (Rainbows and Browns over 10") around 4,000 per mile it's not too hard to figure out why the Missouri ranks up there with many people's favorite places to fish!
Nymphing in deeper, slower water with a pair of nymphs like a Lightning Bug, SJW, Scud, Zebra Midge or Luv Bug is a good way to catch fish in colder weather. You will see Midges hatch everyday but most times fish don't rise to them. That's not to say that dry fly fishing is not possible now just not as probable. We also LOVE swinging streamers slowly with our Switch & Spey Rods!! Fun to cast, fun to fish and effective. Call, click or stop by to sign up for one of our FREE Spey Casting Clinics this Winter both in Helena and in Craig.
More snow (yeah!!) and cold this weekend and into next week. Don't complain, we still need more snow to keep our snowpack up to normal and it doesn't snow unless its cold. So if your a whimp for winter weather then sit inside, sip something warm and tie some flies. Sign up for on of our Fly Tying Classes this Winter in our Helena shop. Call or stop by our Downtown Helena Store for more info or to put your name down for a class! 406-449-2292. Please click on the "Reported by" link at the top of this page to read more about all our classes & schools and for live weather links. Open Tying every Saturday in our downtown Helena shop! Come on down, bring a vise (or demo a new one) and hang out, BS, twist up a few flies -we'll show you some cool patterns, drink some delicious Firetower Coffee Roasters coffee and snack on sweet treats that Larry "The Urban Legend" provides! It's a good time!