Montana dry fly trout

Missouri River Fishing Report 8.15.13

Karsten sent us this great shot of a “little brown” that he caught while fishing with guide Brett Matula. This fish was sitting in a foot of water and was taken on a dry. Yes, they are there if you know where to throw. First dry over this fishes head wins. It ain’t gonna be the one he see’s at noon.

Fishing pressure has decreased dramatically in the last week. If it’s crowds you’re worried about, don’t be. You can pretty much go wherever you want with little competition. Below Holter would be the one spot you might see a “crowd”, but nothing like you would have a month ago.

Tough fishing conditions in some areas of the state seem to be affecting angling pressure everywhere. We have heard good stories from the Beaverhead (crowded), Big Spring Creek, and the Yellowstone. Al Lefor at Great Divide Outfitters on the Big Hole checked in last week to see what was up on the Missouri. He said he’s had some great trico fishing, followed by ant and hopper action. No boats at all, he said. You might head that way if you are looking for something different and no people. Also a great time to hit some mountain lakes or high elevation creeks.

Here on the Missouri River, things continue to center around morning Trico’s and caddis. Hoppers are good early as well. So are nymphs. In other words, decide what you want to do and do it early in the morning. It’s all good.

We’re experiencing what we hope is our last really warm weather of the year. It probably won’t help matters for the next few days, but by Saturday we are supposed to get some clouds back in the mix. Clouds and smoke/haze last week made a big difference in the fishing, especially in the afternoon.

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