July 24th Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

July 24th Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

July 24th Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Just the facts today not he Headhunters Fly Shop July 24th Missouri River Fly Fishing Report. That is all you need. No?


  • Fishing early is the key. Fishing late can work. Fishing the mid day is for the birds,.
  • Water temps in the upper 60’s. Somewhere in-between 65F and 68F.
  • Water flows at historic average 4230cfs. We like it.
  • Some weeds. Not the worst ever. Depends on the day. More weeds as yo progress down the river,
  • Mid to upper 80’s all week long.
  • We have fallen off of the July cliff. Pretty light traffic out there. It’s awful nice.
  • Izaak’s open Wednesday thru Sunday. Bar opens at 4pm and runs til 10pm. The kitchen is open 5-9pm. Closed Monday’s and Tuesdays. The Trout Shop Cafe, the River Hub may be open. The O in Wolf Creek is open Monday night. 2 bars in Cascade that serve are open daily. The Driftwood and the Angus. The Angus has Taco’s on Tuesday. I like 2 taco’s and a Cheese Crisp.
  • Clusters, Trico Spinners, Buzzballs, Wuig’s Cluster, Griffith’s Gnats, Rusty Spinners, skittering caddis, spruce moths…
  • Check out the current fires in Montana.

Waterbody Restrictions, Closures & Reopenings – Region 3
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
(BOZEMAN, Mont.)—High water temperatures and low stream flows have prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to implement “hoot owl” restrictions on several rivers in Southwest Montana starting Wednesday.

The following sections of rivers will be closed to fishing daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve.

  • Big Hole River from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to the Mouth of the North Fork Big Hole River;
  • Big Hole River from Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the confluence with the Beaverhead River;
  • Lower Beaverhead River from Anderson Lane to confluence with Big Hole River;
  • Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the mouth;
  • Lower Gallatin River from the confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners;
  • East Gallatin River from Spring Hill Road Bridge (Hwy 411) to the confluence with the Gallatin River;
  • The entire Jefferson River

These restrictions come two weeks later in the year than the first restrictions seen in 2015 and 2016.

Regional Fisheries Manager Travis Horton said, “We’ve been fairly fortunate so far this year with flows in general, but temperatures are high and could stay that way for a while.”
Additional restrictions are possible on other stretches of these or other southwest Montana rivers in the coming weeks.

For up-to-date information on restrictions related to drought, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/.


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  • Trichos and a caddis or two right at daylight this a.m. near Pelican point. Caught fish and headed home by 9! Fish are slightly “wading- ripple” shy (be sneaky and deliberate). And if you make a bad first cast one of the fish yells “stranger danger!” and they all flee. End of report. Fish well today.

  • Dan from ohio
    July 24, 2017 8:55 pm

    Hey Mark- Thank you for sharing your info and a couple of flies on the ramp even though you were busy with clients, you and the guys in the shop are awesome… I fished your river for 2 weeks this time, I can see why you love it…Keep up the good work! All the best, Dan from Ohio

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