MISSOURI RIVER MONTANA FISHING
The Missouri River is one of the longest rivers in the world, and most have heard it’s name. Trout fishermen are mostly concerned with the 35 mile section below Holter Dam near the towns of Wolf Creek, Craig and Cascade. This “tailwater” section offers some of the finest fly fishing in the Western US, and is a destination for fly fishermen and women from all over the world.
One of the most popular trout fisheries in Montana, the Missouri River continually produces some of the best fishing in the state, and arguably the largest average fish size. Cycles in fish size and quantity do change from year to year, but the fishing remains phenomenal by anyones standards year after year.
While all methods produce on the Missouri River, it is most famous for it’s incredible dry fly fishing, which stretches from April through November. Caddis and Mayfly hatches can reach intensities that bring every fish in the river to the surface. When hatches thin or weather does not permit dry fly fishing, indicator nymph fishing is world class, and size and numbers can sometimes be mind-boggling. During the spring and early summer anglers seek big fish tight to the bank with gaudy streamers. During the off or “swing” season, two-handed fishing with ultra-light spey rods has become the go-to method on the Missouri River.