Dewey and Bett and Brown on the MO

CrossCurrents Fly Shop in Helena and Craig, Montana

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    Two Locations to Serve
    Since 1994, our original fly shop has been at the same location in Downtown Helena and is open year round.  In 2001, we opened our second fly shop on the Missouri River in the tiny trout town of Craig, Montana. Our Craig shop is open seasonally from the end of March through October.
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    Rental Boats-Rafts
    Our Craig store is the location for all of our Boat Rentals.  We rent Drift Boats, Rafts (for fishing or fun), Single-Person Kick Boats, Inflatable Kayaks and Stand-up Paddle Boards (SUPs).  Most of our boats are used on the Missouri River but our rafts can be rented for the Smith River, Blackfoot River or other waters. We are your Smith River Experts!

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    We built a 2-story fly shop and motel right in the middle of the trout town of Craig, Montana to provide more room for our expanding Guide Service, retail business, boat rentals and to help provide much needed lodging for the Missouri River area.  Our retail fly shop is open from March through October.  However, our Craig lodging, is open all year long.

Contact us to book your Guide Trips and/or Boat Rental for the 2022 season!

Check out the latest Fishing Report!

Call us in Helena (406-449-2292) or Craig (406-235-3433) or stop by and see us in both our locations.


Live Weather and Webcam for the Missouri:  RWIS at the Gary Cooper Bridge

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Mac, Me and Bow on the MO

Fly Fish Montana with CrossCurrents Fly Shop

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    Our Guides
    We have 100% confidence in our Guides.  This confidence is based on customer feed back and our personal knowledge of their abilities.  We will not put any client with a Guide that is not on our list.  Besides having the best river knowledge, training and experience, our professional Guides are excellent teachers as well.
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    All Inclusive
    Our full day trips include:   7-10 hours on the water with personal instruction based on your ability and desire, all the tippet and flies used, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and a delicious streamside lunch.  We also are happy to furnish Orvis Rod Outfits and waders if you don’t have any or want to leave your gear at home.  Montana Fishing Licenses and other quality gear can be purchased at CrossCurrents Fly Shop.
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    The Friendly Experts
    Our friendly knowledgeable staff are passionate anglers and outdoor enthusiasts who love to share their expertise with you to help you get the most out of your adventure.

2022 is beginning to book up earlier than at any other time! Call or e-mail ASAP to book your Guided Trip on the Missouri, Blackfoot or Smith River today.





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FYI- Ben with his 4 Traeger Grills wind the BBQ Contest at the 2022 Craig Caddis Fest held on August 28th!!

September is the month we well off some of our 2022 Rental Raft Fleet!  We have 7 Rafts Packages (Raft, Custom Frame, Oars, Accessories) on the block ranging in discounts from 20% to 40% off of new pricing!!

Boats on SALE (click on links to see photos and full descriptions):  13’9″ NRS Dodger #1 for 6850;   13’9″ NRS Dodger #2 for $5000;   13’9″ NRS Dodger #3 for $7400;   14′ NRS Otter 140 for $5650;   14′ AIRE Tributary #1 for $5700;   14′ AIRE Tributary #2 for $5800.

So far, 2022 has turned out to be one of the best fishing season on the Missouri in a long time! Good water flows (especially compared to last year!) and very high trout population (over 6K per mile in the upper river) and solid hatches has combined for excellent fishing -both on dry flies and subsurface. As we move through September, the fishing will get even better -and the splash and giggle crowd goes away!!

We have been maxing out on our Shuttle capacity on many days so if you want to float and need a shuttle please call or stop by early in the morning.  On some busy weekend days, we have been cutting off shuttles by 11am!!  We also need at at least 4 to 5 hours to run your shuttle -so take your time on the river and enjoy it!

Still HIRING!!  We are looking for good peeps to be Shop Staff Members for this season and for 2023!  Check out our Employment Opportunities page for info and an Application.  We will be doing interviews all summer so please get your application in.  We have several of our awesome Staff returning and if you love to fly fish, love helping people and are someone of good character, we would love to talk with you

The new Orvis Helios 3 Blackout Rods are now in stock!

Booking Guide Trips and Lodging for what’s left in 2022 and 2023!  FYI- Guides and Lodging Dates are going quicker than any other time if the past.  Call and/or e-mail to reserve your fly fishing fun for this or next season!!

Smith Mine Proposal -Please inform yourself

The first couple cold mornings have arrived in Craig at long last and that means fall is on the horizon! The fishing has been pretty good as of late and looking to improve as the water temperature starts to decline out of the stress zone for the trout. As the weather turns colder in the.. read more →

The MO may be darn low, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not worth a go. The fishing has been very good of late. Come and enjoy the mellow temps while you can. The subsurface bite has been the highlight, with some dry fly action available if you put in the time/get lucky. Most outdoors.. read more →