Missouri River February Fishing Forecast 2018

Missouri River February Fishing Forecast 2018

Missouri River February Fishing Forecast 2018

Welcome to February. Football is over, baseball is coming. We are getting nearer to spring ’18 everyday and we for one are damn excited about 2018. We bring you the Missouri River February Fishing Forecast 2018.

We hope to continue to stack up the snow in the higher elevations. It’s early still folks. 5 months until we will truly know what the entirety of the 2018 summer and fall fishing season will hold. That is a long time from now. I think another 135 days til the last week of June. Then Mother Nature will have spoken.

February is a good month to organize your fly fishing summer plans. Get your gear fixed and cleaned. Buy some new gear from Headhunters of Craig. Your favorite fly shop. Why not? We love you!

Headhunters Fly Shop Calendar

Swing Season continues as we head toward our second weekend series (may be moved due to cold and snowy weather) of Trout Spey Casting Clinics lead by John Arnold February 10th and 11th. These wildly popular free trout spey clinics book early. This weekend is booked up. So sorry. You may be able to get on the back up list if you call the shop. Sometimes a few bail out last minute and we will certainly give you a jingle if this indeed happens.

Bugs. Midges. Mid Month. Maybe.

We all love March because the Headhunters Annual Spring Special guided trips are $400 with lodging starting at $115/nt. A good way to get your fly fishing year ramped up. Our spring special begins March 15th and runs through April. The longest running and most popular Spring Special on the Mo!

Take a look at Headhunters March SPEY CASTING Madness is booking well. The Women’s Spey Clinic with Whitney, Sara, and Beth has openings. We are close on the other two with Whitney Gould and Mike McCune.

March SPEY CASTING Madness


Montana February Weather

Missouri River February Fishing Forecast 2018Not a month that is generally inhabitable. Cold. Windy. Some snow. About 8 inches of snow fall for the month. I think we are real close to that already. 5 inches on the ground Monday morning. More to come as the week progresses.

Some good to great fishing can be had if the conditions allow you to get on the water. Calm, cool, cloudy afternoons make us drool starting the fire for the 2018 season.

Bring cold and wet weather clothing. Anything can happen weather-wise…except for sunny and 80F.

Missouri River February Flows

Missouri River February Fishing Forecast 2018The chart is how it will look most of the month. Not much in daily air temperature movement will allow for consistent water temps. If it climbs to 36F I would be surprised. When water temps hold belwo the magical 36F mark the fish are not all that responsive. Not to say that there are times when even the cold fish get good and bitey. That can happen. We still like to get out there when the mercury is above 40F. Pretty nice really.

Missouri River February Fishing Forecast 2018

Flows will remain about the same as well.  Like many Missouri River flow graphs February will look relatively static. If anything with continued snow fall in the Rockies and eastward the flows will remain at or above historic winter flows. Well, recent winter flows.

Previous to twenty years ago the winter flows were more often at the Median Level. Only recently have the water managers felt it necessary to be concerned about lack of precipitation changing the early season directive. This year may be different. We will see.

February Mo River Hatches

Midges. Only midges. They may come stronger middle of the month. Keep it tuned here for the up to the minute hatch reports. Headhunters is your only source for current Missouri River conditions.

Clusters/Buzzballs & CDC Cluster Midges & Griffith’s Gnats, Adults/Para Adams, Emergers/soft hackles & CDC Hanging Midges, nymphs/Zebra’s.

Midge Image


February Fly Fishing Realities

It’s cold. Not many folks around. A nice quiet time on the Missouri River. Start looking for a decent number of rising fish mid month. Nymph slow deep buckets. Streamer anglers are really waiting for warmer water temps. Unless you like to “nymph” your streamers down the river with tension on the line along with very little stripping movement.

Montana Winter Trout Spey

Trout Spey will have success swinging in a bit deeper water with possibly your heaviest tips of the year. Come by the shop to get your Spey Rig all tuned in! We have a good selection of swinging flies. Look for Headhunters to bring in more patterns for your Trout Spey day in 2018. A few are already in the bins. Ninch is busy re-binning, updating the fly choices for you the angler, and sardining the bins.

Headhunters of Craig Montana is your Trout Spey fly shop. Call us today with any and all questions regarding all things spey.

Headhunters Fly Shop in February

We are currently bring the balance of our summer staff. That is one of the many winter projects. Ninch is moving flies around, Sara is finalizing logo wear, hats and T’s, finding merchandising space for the 2018 products that come off the UPS truck daily, Julie is busy booking trips and lodging for the ’18 season, Derek and Jared and Dewey are shuffling fly gear, and Jimmy is shuttling trailers up and down the river for those who choose to float. John is masterminding something or other while Mark is scripting your winter blog articles and scheduling summer BBQ’s.

And some YouTube action too…

The entire staff does enjoy this slower period of the year. Not a ton of walk in anglers. The phone rings non-stop, but with 3+ staff in the shop we have got that handled. The primary role is booking trips and lodging for the summer ahead. Now is the time folks. Get it done, locked in, and put to bed. Then fantasize warming your bones in sunny Craig Montana.

Enjoy February wherever you are wintering. We’ll speak with you soon!


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