Late October Missouri River Fishing Report

Late October Missouri River Fishing Report

All good here on the Mo. Snow this week. Seasonal weather will bring those fish back to the surface.

We just finished with an uncommon windless October session tied in with high and bright sun warmer our skin foreshadowing the cooler late fall. We hope. Non-Typical October weather. November is on the horizon. Along with the 11th month we have snow and cooler air temps.

Check out the weather ahead. It looks good! Better if the clouds would obscure the sun for the week ahead. And, maybe that will happen.


Nymphing is off the charts. The overcast that showed up will not only help that discipline but will add to the comfort level of the trout. That comfort will get those fish to stay in the skinny water throughout the day. And if they stay on those flats we can get them on a streamer in shallow water. And if they stay there for much longer the dry fly opportunities are pretty good.

Cripples seem to be the trick on those dry fly fish. Some of the spots that get cast to daily the fish are not all that happy. If you find those singles they can be caught. If you travel in the areas that not many anglers are congregating in you can find success too. The road less traveled, is a thing, man.

Emergers are on the rise too. Soft hackles and CDC mayfly emerges can be the trick. Well stocked at Headhunters of Craig. Lots of BWO patterns. The dry fly specialists here fishing Montana’s Missouri River is Headhunters of Craig.

The streamer bite has been pretty consistent! With the advent of the late October weather we will see the streamer fishing improve even more! Thin Mints, small black leeches, Kreelex, Skiddish Smolts and the like are getting it done when the fish are in the mood. Rusty Trombone, Goldie, Flesh Eating Sculpin, small Clousers, Pig Pen Leeches…

The swingers are getting it done. Lots and lots of them in and out of the shop. Come by and get tuned in on the latest Trout Spey lines, tips, and techniques. Flies for the swinger too. The only fly shop with the gear for the two handed trout angler in the canyon. Many of the swingers are getting them on a BWO soft hackle. Leading with another, or a Carey, Sparrow, Zonkers, Squirrels…

October is in the rear view mirror, almost. Lots of great fishing ahead in November. Far fewer anglers on the water and room for lodging too. Stay in Craig, eat at Izaak’s through the middle of the month and meet your Headhunters guide at the shop in the am. We got yer back. Call today for info about this fantastic month ahead of us. We are excited about November!

Rental Boats for Sale this week too. About 60 days use for a price tag of $13.5K. Black Dog 2022 Trailer, spare tire, square top Sawyer Square Top Dyna X oars and more. Call today, secure your boat, write a check, and pick it up. First shuttle on us!


BWO, Fall, Late October Missouri River Fishing Report, Nymphers, October, Swing Bite
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