Hire a guide then take out a rental boat.
This is the natural progression, as Mark as has described it, for learning the Missouri River. Hiring a guide and asking him/her a bunch of questions allows you to learn the river much faster than through trial and error alone. We’ve recently discussed why you might want to hire a guide first here.
After you have fished with a guide, the next logical step is to try to replicate the experience on your own. If you don’t own a boat, renting a boat is an economical option.
I rented a boat… now what?
If you’ve fished with a guide, he/she probably made rowing look easy. You were probably too busy catching fish to notice how skillfully the guide was maneuvering the boat. Now that you’re in the rower’s seat yourself, it might not seem as easy as you had thought. Just like casting a fly rod, rowing a boat is its own art. However, there are a few things that a novice rower can do to manage a boat more safely and catch more fish.