Thumbs Up for Fly Fishing on the Smith River

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 2020 season!

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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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.

2020 is booking up quickly! Call today to book your Guided Trip on the Missouri, Blackfoot or Smith River today.





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Ever changing realities because of SARS Cov-19.  CCFS is taking COVID-19 seriously but not hysterically

Our main focus is the health of our awesome Staff and our Clients and Customers!

With the Shelter in Place order from our government, but allowing fishing as a legitimate activity to pursue, we are only doing “Call ahead and pick-up service” in our retail stores. Call Craig at 406-235-3433 or Helena 406-439-0550.  We will offer everyone 10% off anything they call in for pick up service as a small way of saying thank you to helping us stay in the black.

We are also adding items to our Webstore daily.  (We will soon have a promo code for a lower price point for free shipping and local shipping.)

We are also diligently doing the following:  1- Clean/disinfect common surfaces frequently and after every customer (door knobs, faucet handles, counter tops, keyboards, phones, products, etc.)  2- Sending Staff home if they have symptoms of illness (that hasn’t happened yet!),  3- Not shaking hands but rather greeting with a smile at a distance or maybe the fist or elbow bumps,  4- We have Purell hand sanitizer handy at our counters and in our fly tying room (GOJO is one of our good Clients so they’ve hooked us up with lots of Purell!! -Thanks Stephanie!)  5- We ask if you are not feeling well or are coughing to just give us a call or an e-mail if you want to chat about the fishing and please do not come into our retail stores and spread the love.  6- Of course, you can safely shop with us online anytime!

Guided Trips:  All trips during the time where the state is forcing us to stay at home are postponed or cancelled.  Once this has been lifted, we will not let our Guides go on the water if they are showing symptoms.  We will not be kicking plastic for the short term and will use separate water bottles for our Clients. (i.e.- We won’t be using a common water jug to fill everyone’s bottles.)  We have Purell for everyone to use in the boat, especially at lunch time.  If you have a trip with us and are not feeling well, let’s just reschedule for later.  We also updated our cancellation policy to help out our Clients and will alter this as news dictates.  Please check out this short video from Andy Mills and consider what he suggests.:  PSA for Angling and Hunting Clients.

Fly Fishing Schools & Clinics:  Still going forward in May.  Using the same precautions as listed above.  We will be sanitizing our waders with alcohol spray.  (FYI- That’s also a great way to find any leaks in your breathable waders! Spray the inside with rubbing alcohol and look for dark spots on the outside.)

Fresh air, moving water and fishing fake bugs is a wonderful way to quarantine yourself from this nasty bug!
CLEARANCE SALE!  Out with the Old, In with the New

Some of the Clearance Items on SALE to make room for the new 2020 goodies:
Recon Rods and  Outfits on SALE!
Hydros SL Reels on SALE!
Superfine Carbon Rods on SALE!
Original Clearwater Spey Rods on SALE!
Redington Sonic-Pro Zippered Waders on SALE!

Smith River Permits have been issued!  Check out our About Smith River page for more information and links to help perfectly plan your Smith trip!. We are here to help you.

Smith Mine Proposal -Please inform yourself


Shimel and dry fly brown on the MO

Gene Shimel, Fly Fishing Guru – November 11, 1934 to February 26, 2019.  Gene’s impact on CrossCurrents Fly Shop is immeasurable! Thank you Gene and his wonderful family!

The fishing out here on the Missouri has responded well to the interlude of autumn weather we’ve had. In standard Montana fashion, we’ve seen 3 seasons within the last 7 days. We are excited for the week ahead though, as mother nature seems to be giving us a respite from brutal cold. Expect highs in.. read more →

Yet again, we’ve had an early shot of winter. The roads have largely been plowed clear as of this writing, but use caution tomorrow- the mercury here is dropping into the single digits tonight. The ramps are usable (sort of). A quick rundown of where you can/can’t put in in the upper river: Dam- eh,.. read more →