Missouri River January Forecast
January Missouri River Weather Forecast
Sun for the first part of the week followed by snow and then into the middle of the month with more sun. Then for the latter part of the month the Almanac calls for snow then sun then cold and finishing up with snow. There is the January forecast a month out. But, I’m just relaying what the weather guessers are predicting this far out.
The average temperature for January includes a highs of 35F and lows of 15F with 0.51 inches of precip which adds up to about 9″ of snow. The wind chill can be impressive with winds from the north. The prevailing wind is generally from the southwest which is not nearly as biting as the evil wind. Check out the 2015 totals here on US Climate Great Falls site.
The water temperatures are damn cold. Currently hovering around 34F. On any given day there can be slush in the water. It really becomes a problem on the lower river but as of late much below Craig will give you fits.
The water levels are holding in the low 3000’s. Looks like that is our program until May when we realize the culmination of the wet season.
January Fishing Forecast
Cold. Our coldest fishing month. Or one of the top 3. Again we will not know the outcome until later this spring. The winter-like November and December have led us into a cold start of the New Year. Wear warm clothes, warmer socks, and bring your Thermos.
Morning fishing is really not something you want to do too much of. Wait until after breakfast to begin your slow journey to the river. Fish the noon til 4pm slot until the sun stays out later. As the winter fades to spring then you may begin to enjoy the morning. But that is a couple, or a few months away.
Nymphers come on strong in January. The primary attack for fish catching includes anything pink. Or at least start with anything and then figure it out. Firebeads are really a hot ticket in the next couple months. Really strong through the end of spring.
Fish the real winter water all month long. The stale stuff. Almost stopped, yet still moving. The inside bends towards the end of the moving area. Then focus on depth. The water is pretty low so go with shorter than normal rigs. Split or not is your choice. A house divided on this lead filled topic.
Swingers comprise about half of the winter Missouri River angling participation stats. Scandi and Skagit fishers are both getting some fish on the line. Again the upper river is pretty attractive as the reaches below Craig are clogged full of icebergs. Check with the shop before heading out for not only boat ramp health but shelf ice coverage.
January Headhunters Events
January 13th is the first fly tying night at Headhunters with Wednesday the 27th our second of the month. Typically a couple hour affair from 6-8pm. Pretty loose gang with tying and fellowship the primary objective. Not a tying class by design. A sharing event with a few Headhunters staff members in attendance.
This Saturday the 9th is our second Trout Spey Clinic here at Headhunters. It should be full but give us a call as we generally have some movement as we confirm attendees this week ahead.
On all Headhunters winter events we reserve the right to postpone or change the time or date. In years past we have moved a few of our Free Spey Clinics due to cold, snowy, and inclement conditions.
Headhunters Fly Shop
Open daily for all things Trout. Your leading Montana fly shop for all things Trout Spey. We have the full lines for RIO, OPST, and Airflo spey lines, tips ,and accessories. We have become the authority in this arena with the entirety of the staff engaged and involved with the two handed rod all winter long. We also have a quite large Trout Spey Rod demo fleet of 20+ rods for you to try anytime. Lines too. Take out your spey rod and truly give yourself a chance to learn what line you like. Again we have a bevy of demo lines for your spey pleasure.
January is a busy month for booking spring, summer, and fall guide trips and nightly Missouri River lodging. You want to start your Missouri River legacy this year? Or continue your family Montana trip? Start making your Montana trout memories by getting your name on the books for 2016.
Headhunters open daily @ 8am. Enjoy your January whether you be skiing, finishing up the waterfowl season, or hibernating. Give us a shout. We love talking trout!