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!

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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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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NO mo Hoot Owl fo the MO!

Fishing restrictions have been lifted on the MO and a few other rivers due to the shift in weather and into a cooler and wetter weather cycle!  Yeah!!  See all the Fishing Restrictions on Montana’s Rivers here:  MT FWP Fishing Restrictions Notification.


September brings on our Rental Boats Sales!  We have already sold 5 of our Rental Rafts but here’s what we have as of 9/1/21:  2019, 15.5’ AIRE 156D (yellow): SALE- $5400 (Retail- $9800);   2020, 15′ NRS Otter 150 (blue): SALE- $4200 (Retail- $8440);   2019, 14′ NRS Otter 140 (blue): SALE- $5900 (Retail- $8500);   2021, 14′ NRS Otter 142 (gray): SALE- 6700 (Retail- $8450);   2020, 14′ AIRE 143D (blue): SALE- $6800 (Retail- $9999);   2021, 13’9″ NRS Otter Dodger (neptune gray): $7250 (normal retail is $8100);   2020, 13′ AIRE Super Puma (gray): SALE: $6375 (Retail- 8500);   2020, 13′ AIRE Super Puma (blue): SALE- 6400 (Retail- 8650);   NEW in box 2021 AIRE Super Puma (blue): $7000 (normal retail is $7860);   NEW in box 2021 NRS Otter Dodger (neptune gray): $7350 (normal retail is $7900);   NEW in box 2021, 14′ AIRE Tributary 14.0: $6500 (normal retail is $7025);   2017, 10′ NRS Cruz SUP:  $450 (retail is $995).

Fresh air, sunshine, moving water and fishing fake bugs is a wonderful way to avoid crowds and the virus!

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!

Late August is treating us well. Cooler weather and water have our trout raring to go and happily feeding again. As one guide said the other day, “The fish look like themselves again.” Good news here after a long hot spell: you can see the hills again, the weather is getting nicer, and the famous.. read more →

Looking very spring-like out there right now. Today we’re seeing near-ideal conditions: light, intermittent drizzle with no wind and steady cloud cover. It’s the kind of day all anglers yearn for. I am stuck here in the shop, but if you’re out there and want to trade places, please let me know. If you’re reading.. read more →