Missouri River - Below Holter Dam, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Missouri River - Below Holter Dam, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Try using your gel fly floatant like Aquel or Gink on your guides. It will help prevent ice build up and when ice does form, it will pop out much easier. You'll have to apply it several times throughout the day but it will help out. Take our FREE Spey Casting Clinic on Saturday, February 18th at the Missouri River Ranch in Craig. Please sign up by calling us or shooting us an email.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Missouri River is currently Just OK

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

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Missouri, Below Holter Dam Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

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.

7-Day Forecast

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!

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