Missouri River Montana: Fly Fishing and Floating

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 →

    The ol’ MO has been a bit mercurial of late, but we’re still catching big fish. The river seems to be in what I call the “almost” phase. Streamer fishing? It’s almost getting going. Fall Baetis hatches? We’re almost there. That being said, the Tricos and Pseudos are alternatively entertaining/frustrating to fish to. Big.. read more →

    Wow, is it really late August? Summer here in Craig is definitely winding down. Cool mornings and cloud cover are a nice harbinger of fall. The fishing on the MO remains solid, with this year being a good hopper year. The Trico spinner fall continues to happen, although the quality of the hatch.. read more →

The MO is rockin’ and rollin’ as we head into mid August. Cooler-than-average temperatures have made for some comfortable days on the river, and they’ve also tamped down the number of boats (and tubes, flamingos, rubber ducks, floating dragons, etc.) out there. Without blistering heat, the bugs have been sleeping in just a little bit… read more →

Today, a haiku: Big trout on the top Lots of Tricos in the air Better get a good drift It’s really August out here. Fewer fishermen, plenty of fish. Hit it hard early and late. Have a great time out there! read more →

It’s definitely feeling like mid summer out here in Craig. Daytime highs are up in the low 90s for the next stretch of days, and a hot breeze is kicking up in the afternoons. Angler traffic has diminished some, but don’t be fooled- the fishing is as good as it’s been. There will eventually be.. read more →

I’m running out of novel ways to describe how good the fishing has been. Words like phenomenal, terrific, and world-class come to mind. The amount of rising fish some mornings and evenings is a spectacle you have to see for yourself. The PMD spinners are still the main event, but the Tricos should displace them.. read more →

Out here on the MO the fishing has been stellar. The PMDs continue to be in the driver’s seat of the dry fly game, with caddis riding shotgun. The Tricos have not happened yet, but the ten day forecast (hot and no rain) has us anticipating them arriving soon. Flows are right in the mid-5000s,.. read more →

In every fly-fishing person’s life, there come certain periods when it’s worth it to call in sick or slip out of whatever weekend plans you’ve already made. This, my friends, is one such time. The PMDs are here. It’s on. It’s that simple. Somewhere the fishing gods have flipped the switch and blessed us with.. read more →

Sunny, warmer days lately. Doesn’t help the fishing, but it makes for a beautiful fall day on the river. Winter weather will be back, so get out while you still can! Streamer season is about to hit the MO in full effect. Morning fishing has been slowing down, but as the daytime temps heat up,.. read more →