Missouri River Montana Headhunters Fishing Report May 7th
High water techniques apply. Fish towards the bank, or away from it. The best catch rates are those hugging the bank and tossing into the deep trough that lines the bank. Soft inside lanes are producing. Hard summer backlines are not holding fish. Too fast man.
Pink flies are in vogue. Still. For another month, or two. BWO nymphs are hot too. Any one of the your favorites, or some thing new. Stop in the shop today and find your new favorites!
Rainbow Czech’s, Tan UV Czech’s any kind of San Juan Worm, Bigger Zebra’s, Firebead Rays, Bubble Yum, Ray Charles, Thunder Bugs, Hodek’s Sow, Tailwater Sows, T-HEaded Sows, Pink Crush, Little Green Machines, S & M, Two Bit Hookers, larger PT’s including the Tungsten version, any of those PT or HE Jigs, Rubber Legs. Try some big and ugly bugs that you gotta fish in the high and muddy waters.
Flows are holding at 12,100 cfs. It is coming up today.
Streamer anglers not doing to well. You can toss it if you find yourself wanting to pound your head against the bow of your drifter because you are bleary eyed from staring at the bobber. We get it. Why not toss those big and chunky fine looking articulated streamers for a spell. Big fish come to big flies. We have the streamers for your fishing pleasure here at Headhunters.
Decent midge and BWO hatches. Not great dry fly fishing. You can find them. You gotta stay focused. So the answer is that you may find some fish rising. But the opportunities for the dry fly bite decrease with the rising water. Above 13K it gets pretty thin.
The weather ahead of us will bring 55F to 80F with sun, rain, wind…no snow. Pack your sunscreen and hip boots. Some nighttime lows dipping into the higher 30’s. Snow will continue to come off the hills and mountains this coming week.
Headhunters has a full selection of SIMMS G3 Guide Waders, all 22 sizes, for your fishing pleasure. You will need them if you plan to get out fo the boat or to dip your toes in for a wade fish spell…which may not happen.
Many displaced fishing guides and recreational anglers are here for a while. A long while. Many other rivers are not fishable. Some of the local lakes have opened up and are fishing well. Not so many up to our north but some of the lower elevation lakes are open and reports are good.
Call us today if you need a guide or lodging here in the greater Craig area.
Headhunters opens daily @ 730am with free coffee, the weather report, the water flow updates, hatch reports, rental boats, guide trips, tips on all facets of the Mighty Mo, friendly chatter, rental waders by SIMMS, rental and demo rods from Sage, Orvis, ECHO, Anderson Custom Rods, G. Loomis, Epic Glass Rods, Douglas, Redington, and more…