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
We have some cooler weather out there but the water temps are still in the 40's and fish are active. Bundle up with lots of layers and always bring a full set of extra clothes in the boat (or even in the car). That way if you slip and fall in, you'll have a margin of safety as you can get out of your wet stuff and into dry and warm gear.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Missouri River is currently Good

Water flow: 4450 (normally 4500)

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Late Morning thru Evening

Best stretch: Craig-Mid

Best access point: Holter Dam, Wolf Creek Bridge, Craig, Dearborn

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Whitefish

Fishing season: Fall

Nearest airport: Helena, Great Falls

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 of course is a great way to get into numbers of fish but Fall and early Winter is also a prime time for streamers and even for dries. The weeds have thinned out so stripping or swinging streamers is fun instating of frustrating. There are noses showing to Midges in the afternoons. Deep or Short-Leash Nymphing are the way to go when you don't see many noses and you want to go down after them.

7-Day Forecast

Looks like the week starting Cyber Monday will be in the low 40's! That means you should fish during the day and then buy something online at CrossCurrents.com! Just sayin'!! 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! Open Tying every Saturday in our downtown Helena shop! Come on down, bring a vise (or demo a new one) and hang out, shoot the breeze, 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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