The flows are now about 4,160 cfs (normally ~6250). Water temps at the dam are ~53, a bit warmer down river. May is slipping away, the water is staying low and the bugs are coming out in force. The clouds are helping the fishing, especially the dry fly fishing and the streamer fishing. We are seeing more bugs and more variety of bugs on the water as the water temps creep into the low to mid 50’s. Plan your days smart and you can have a great day on the Missouri River!
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
-#14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis, Brown
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