Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 6.26.15

“Cosmic Dude”

Dan Gard would have said this. Or did. Or is.

Have not spoken to Dan this year but gotta believe the Ghost of Dan Present is here…sayin’

“Cosmic.”

I second that comment Dan.

Cosmic is the word. Honest.

Dry fly fishing is as good as you make it. As good as you could expect it. As good as you dream abouyt.

Except for the conversion rate. That is totally up to you.

Do you have to land the fish to count it? Some do, some don’t and yet other don’t care at all about the landed trout.

They are into the entire experience. In its entirety.

PMD’s off daily on the upper. How many? Enough. Some days the hatch is magnified. Others not so much.

Caddis on the lower reaches is the key. Just like the upper river fish will take a caddis, the lower river fish will take a PMD…but both prefer the former, or latter?

Yellow Sally’s can be part of your day too.

Drakes? Yes. Read John’s post a few days ago about the occurrences…

Blackfoot? On fire.

The Missouri River? On fire.

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Rainbow Release on the Missouri River

I was asked at the bar how I thought the fishing was. I stated…“Damn good.” The feller asked why I thought it was as such and I stated back…“When do you ever have as many opportunities at rising fish than right now.” And he said…“You know you are right. I pass several, if not dozens of rising fish till I come upon one I want to tangle with. if I stopped and fished to every rising fish I would consider it unbelievable.”

It is because where else do you have the opportunities like we are so very fortunate to have here on the Missouri River in June?

“I ask you where?”

Nymphers are delighted and so are the dry fly anglers. The weather is hot and getting hotter.

Will we survive? Yes.

Is it over? No.

Will the bugs hatch in the sun? They always have before. PMD’s and Caddis and Sally’s and Trico’s and Ants and Hoppers…are all sunny weather bugs. No?

Is it hot this weekend, or forecast? Oh yeah.

We sure love the summer here in Craig, the epi-center of fly fishing on the Mo.  Fly shops, Joe’s Bar, Izaak’s Restaurant, Wolf Creek, Cascade…all of it.

Visit us daily @ 630am and the latest open on the river til 9pm.

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  • Alright, so the MO has it’s times where it fishes well. I don’t believe the post I read but rather like to experience the float and fishing first hand. The fly shops are trying to make there living, if that means telling fish tails so be it. Summer is short and they have to survive the winter. Beware when you buy flies, they will sell you 10 different patterns which tells me someone is trying to guess what the fish are eating. Save the money and fish it without hitting the shop. As of late the bugs have been so so, The upper offers some PMD’s but not as many as the Blog states. There are a few Tricos suspended in the scum line which will get you some fish. The fish are spooky right now, go figure you’d be the same way if 100+ boats floated over you and tossed everything none to man to try and catch one. The fish seem confused right now, very spooky darting everywhere. The White fish aren’t even biting, which trust me when I say this river is loaded with those suckers! The weather is way to warm and the fish no it. The true fly fishers know when to go and what to use so again don’t let the Blog get you excited.

    • fisherfin15@gmail.com Looking forward to your insight daily fisherfin. Sounds like you are the man and honesty runs deep. Seems like you are hooked on this blog though….hope to see you critique daily! Thanks for reading. I know you won’t get too excited when the Trico’s do come.

      Ad, this is a democratic society. Opt in, opt out. You don’t have to buy anything at the shop as we give information for free. So, get on it fisherfin. What are your suggestions?

      • Yes sir honesty does run deep! And trust me when I say this, I could give a daily blog that was actually on point! No BS, true and correct. And don’t worry i’ll be honest every time. The more you drink the more you BS all the guy’s who take it serious. Keep a clear mind and be honest, especially to your customers who can see right through that BS. I’ve been in Head Hunters Fly Shop and within a 10 minute period got three different reports on what to use from the people working the shop. And do us all a favor, give a good-true daily report, it’s your job and we depend on it. That is why you have a BLOG! Correct? Be the Fly!!!

        • Taking your blog anytime fisherfin. This is an equal opportunity blog. It’s your turn to give a good-true daily report. I’ll take the week off…

        • David Goldan
          July 2, 2015 2:42 pm

          you sound like a real expert – probably had WAY more time on the River than those “shop” people trying to make a living by selling flies that don’t work and giving conflicting fishing reports. So glad you shared your insight.

          • While I fish here daily, I don’t necessarily WAY more than the shop staff. Those fella’s and gals fish here daily too. 80% of our staff is full time, meaning 12 month employees. They are here for the fishing and the lifestyle. They are to be beleived as they spend nearly every waking moment on the water while they are not in the shop, or the bar. Nobody is ever trying to send people away from fish. That thought process is hogwash. Not really pointing this at you David, just splaing some things to the guests that step in the store.

  • Sittin’ here having lunch in good ‘ol VT and happened to read the Trout Bum blog from SOL – as was said before: “The fish know when you’re being a jerk and will kick you butt because of that”. It’s all about attitude – be nice, play nice, say ‘hello’ to those you don’t know. It’ll be a much nicer day and remember, the fish know everything!

  • just got back to our retirement home ( Blaine Manor) in downtown Hailey Id. My room mate Crazy Terri and I had a wonderful week on the Mo. we fished super early and sometimes super late. As the temps rose the bugs slowed but the fish were still looking up. but fishfin was correct, they were spooky. My mantra:” target, cast, put them down, move on” was not the best rule. we got our asses out of the boat, stood still and observed. funny how much more you can see when you don’t move. A cloud covers the sun & the flats come alive, cloud goes away & the fish go down. Patience my friends patience. I see nothing wrong with being rewarded each day with a few (or even several) 18+ fishys caught on PMD’s. in very thin water.” Hang on to your dentures Terri and let ’em run.” And she did.
    We can hardly wait to get our next day pass from the home and point the Pinto north. P.S. Markie, We believe every single word you say. Love ,Pam and Crazy Terri.

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