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
Gonna keep this cold weather tip up here because it's that good of an idea! - Wear a pair of Nitrile gloves under your fingerless gloves. It's best to use thicker Nitrile gloves like mechanics wear (7mil to 9mil) but even the standard "exam gloves" will help out. The other winter fishing tip is to periodically coat your guides with your fly floatant to keep ice build up to a minimum. (And by guides -I mean those on your fly rod, not the person telling you where and how to fish!!)
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Missouri River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 4080 CFS (normally 4800 CFS)

Visibility: 58 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 33 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: late morning through afternoon

Best stretch: Dam to Craig

Best access point: Holter Dam, Wolf Creek Bridge, Craig, Stickney, Mid-Canon, and walk-ins off the Recreation Road.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Whitefish

Fishing season: Winter

Nearest airport: Helena, Great Falls

Person Fishing in a stream

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

It's TROUT SPEY season here on the MO! Swing 'em SLOW and deep and don't fish too big of a streamer -use #6, #8 or #10. Also, the nymph bite is legit good too! (Worms and Firebead flies followed by sowbug and/or pink lightning bugs!)

7-Day Forecast

Arctic blast for another week! High temps BELOW zero! It's better fly TYING weather than fly FISHING weather!

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