THE DEARBORN RIVER
The Dearborn River has it’s headwaters on the Continental Divide west of Craig. This beautiful stream offers scenic wade fishing for most of the year, but from opening day (3rd Saturday in May) through the 4th of July, there is enough water to float the incredible lower Canyon to its confluence with the Missouri River. The long but beautiful float requires a long day and lots of effort from both the guide and angler. If you think you’ve hucked a streamer for a full day, you haven’t. Not until you’ve thrown it for 20 miles while searching for one of the large Browns that occasionally get caught in the Dearborn. This is a freestone river, so you can leave the tiny nymphs and split shot at home. Salmonflies and Golden Stones bring the trout to the surface, so big dry flies are the rule. When river conditions are higher, we pound the water with large, heavy streamers.