Ruby says its a great day to fly fish, despite the look, she was tired of waiting on her owner.


The flows are now about 4260 cfs (normally ~6300).  Water temps at the dam are ~52.  May is almost gone but the fishing has held strong.  Lots of BWO action for those that like to chase heads and sippers.  The plan Jane Parachute Adams in about a size 14 is doing the trick down river for those fishing looking for March Browns.  The Caddis are coming off down river as well, a few fish are being caught on them too. The nymphing is still great, think Mayfly Nymph, use a silver Lightning Bug.  Be safe this Holiday Weekend and get out of the house to fish the MO.



Please be careful wading as to not step on the rainbow trout redds (spawning beds).

REMEMBER- you need a 2013 Fishing license starting on March 1st!!  Pick one up in our Helena or Craig store before you go fishing.

Hauser (or “LOG”) is past the peak but you’ll still find lots of fish up there albeit some tired trout.  There are still lots of people fishing it and it will be goo for another few weeks.  Try a Pink Lightning Bug behind a Firebead Czech.  PLEASE be careful not to step on any redds and please don’t be greedy and fish directly over spawning trout.  You wouldn’t like it if someone busted into your bedroom at the heat of the moment so let the trout do their thing too!

You can keep an eye on Canyon Ferry Reservoir levels, weather and of course, streamflows on our Streamflows page.

See our Schools & Instruction Page for more information on our Fly Tying Schools and our 3-Day Fly Fishing School.

(We are posting river, weather and fishing conditions throughout the day on our Twitter feed.  That is a great way to keep up with the dynamic conditions of the Season.  If you use Twitter, please sign up to follow CrossCurrentsMT and you’ll get the latest, up-to-the-minute information.  Please keep up with us on our Facebook page -give us a like! Thanks.)

See our News & Events page for information on upcoming events and info on the Trout Populations on the MO & Smith.  Also read about it in the article from the Helena IR this March.

Check out this TV news report on Craig, MT that aired on TV a while back -it’s still an interesting segment..



Baetis (BWO), Midges, March Browns, Caddis



-#18-#20 Parachute Adams

-#18-#22 CDC Hanging Midge

-#18-#22 Sprout Emergers

-#12-#16 March Browns

-#16-#18 Buzz Ball


Nymphs & Streamers:

-#14-#18 Firebead ____ (something -they all are working)

-#14-#16 Tungsten Weight Flies (Rainbow, Purple)

-#16-#18 Lightning Bugs (Pink, Silver, Gold)

-#18-#22 Mirage Nymphs

-#16-#20 Superflash PT

-#18-#20 Zebra Midges (Black, Red, Purple)

-#18-#20 Love Bugs

-#6-#10 Buggers (Black, Black & Grizzly, Olive)

-#4-#6 Conehead Kiwi Muddler

-#4 Skiddish Smolt

-#2-#6 Fish-Skull MO-Minnow


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