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
Last weekend of the waterfowl season - Bring a shotgun with you (along with your proper state hunting licenses and Federal Waterfowl Stamp) and be ready for some duck and goose hunting action before or after -or between -your fish catching!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Missouri River is currently Good

Water flow: 4260 (normally 4800)

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 34 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: Winter

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

The classic double Nymph set up is the way to catch the most fish on the MO at this time of year but it's not the only way. We LOVE swinging streamers on our two-handed rods! (You can do the same with a single-handed rod as well if you haven't stepped up on bought a Switch or Trout Spey set up yet. -FYI- we can get you set up well for this fun way to fly fish!) When the wind is calm in the afternoon we can get into some pretty good dry fly fishing with Midges.

7-Day Forecast

This upcoming weekend (25th-27th) look pretty good in terms of temps - calling for 40-43F. That's great stuff for January! Then back into winter weather for the upcoming week. Go check out our sale items in our Helena store or online at crosscurrents.com 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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