Fly Fish The Missouri River

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The Montana River of Your Dreams!

The Missouri River is a fly anglers’ paradise. This tailwater fishery in central Montana is world-famous for its large, hard-fighting rainbows and browns. The “MO” is a bug factory with hatches sometimes so prolific that it’s worth it just to be there and see it for yourself. While much of the time is spent nymphing the deeper runs to get numbers of fish (some years as many as 5k per mile) the savvy dry fly fisherman can have outstanding days in late June through October, targeting pods of risers. This is very technical and rewarding fishing. Streamer fishing can also have its time on this stream and can bring jaw-dropping specimens to hand under the right conditions. The average size trout in the MO is 17″ with many pushing the 22″ mark and the odd Brown trout in the lower reaches may be as big as your leg! If this river isn’t on your bucket list, then you need to add it.

The Missouri River or “Mo” as it’s called locally is a large western tailwater varying from 100 to 300 feet in width. Its famous fishing starts below Holter Dam where a staggering number of wild rainbow and brown reside. The size of the Mo no question demands a drift boat to cover its deep, slick spring-creek-like runs. You’ll see much more water to present your fly which increases your opportunities to catch fish.

Missouri River Flyfishing Drifting
long-deep-spring brown trout streamers

The Missouri River hatch list includes blanket hatches of Mother’s Day Caddis, Pale Morning Duns, Yellow Sallie’s, Baetis, Tricos, and later in the summer hoppers.

The Missouri River is a dry fly fishers paradise. Its technical dry fly fishing and more advanced casting technique demand precision and patience. Whether its foam lines and back eddies of rising trout to PMD’s or pods of risers to Tricos in late summer offer technical dry fly fishing for the more advanced angler. The Mo is the river. Much time on the Mo is also spent nymphing and is very productive dead drifting little nymphs through its deep runs.

Recommended Flies

Dry Flies

Elk Hair Caddis
PMD Pull Over, PMD cripple, Rusty spinners
Blue Winged Olive extended body parachute,
BWO cripple, Trico adults and spinners
Terrestrials

 

Nymphs

Sow Bug, Ray Charles
Split Back may fly olive and brown
Czech Nymph
Hunchback Infreqeuens
Psycho May
San Juan Worm
Copper John
Pat’s Rubber Leg Stonefly Nymph
Hare’s Ear Nymph

Streamers

Boogie Man
Sparkle Minnow
Dragon
Zonker
Sex Dungeon

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