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
Plan on doing mostly subsurface fishing for most of the morning -BUT, have that 4-weight rod with a 12' 5X tied to a #16 or #18 Baetis Parachute ready to go when you see those noses in the mid to late afternoon! The fish are currently taking a mix of PMDs, caddis, and mayflies. Rising fish are mostly bank-oriented. They are liking slow back eddies as well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Missouri River is currently Good

Water flow: 6040CFS (normally 8560 CFS)

Visibility: 45 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 56 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning & Evening

Best stretch: Dam to Mid

Best access point: Below Holter Dam, Wolf Creek Bridge, Craig, Stickney, Mid-Canon, Mountain Palace, Prewett Creek

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Baetis, PMDs, Caddis Midges

Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Whitefish

Fishing season: Spring

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

Start out Nymphing deep (6'-7') with sowbug and scuds.Be ready to with to some Baetis nymphs in the afternoon, with some caddis in the mix too. But have that dry fly rod ready with a Parachute BWO &/or an Baetis Emerger in the mid afternoon to evening!

7-Day Forecast

Looking like summer here in Craig. Hot and partly cloudy for a little while. Definitely a strong morning bite that tapers in the afternoons. 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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