Fishing Season: Mid Spring

Missouri River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


CrossCurrents Fly Shop's Tip of the Week

The Mo’ has been fishing well even with the fluctuation in flows. PMDs are in full swing with scattered Caddis mixed in throughout the canyon. Throw a Hi-vis PMD spinner with a trailing PMD emerger pattern and keep chasing those heads!

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Map of Missouri River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 6/23/22

The weather is looking very fine for the next 7 days ahead! Slight chance of rain on Friday with some overcast which has been great for the dry fly fishing. Temperature is going to steadily stay in the 70's to 80's, with the cool mornings still going on.

Techniques & Tips as of 6/23/22

When throwing dries on the Missouri, a consistent producer is a dry fly with an emerger tied to the bend of the hook. Tie your first fly (size 14 or 16 PMD) to the end of a 9 foot 5X Nylon leader. Next, take a 3 foot section of 5X nylon tippet and tie it first to the bend of the hook of the first fly and attach the second fly to the other side of the tippet. Finally apply your favorite floatant and you’re ready to fish. Don’t forget to utilize the REACH cast to rising fish and you will be rewarded with a sizable Missouri River fish!

Local Species Available Mid Spring

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Brown Trout

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    and Whitefish

CrossCurrents Fly Shop's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Sparkle Dun Black/Silver #16-18
Pale Morning Dun Thorax Olive/Black #6-10
Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug red #12
Humphreys Cress Bug Purple or Silver #16-18
Rainbow Warrior Perdigon N/A #16-#18
Thunder Bug Jig N/A #16-#18
Tactical Pheasant Tail Nymph N/A #16-#18
Tungsten Twisted Tactical May N/A #18
Lil' Kim N/A #4-#6
Hi-Vis CDC Spinner PMD, Rusty #16-#20

Sparkle Dun

A must-have in every box of trout flies

CrossCurrents Fly Shop's Recommended Gear

Description: About Missouri River

The Missouri River is one of the largest and most easily accessed rivers in Montana. The mighty MO is certainly a trout factory! Three reservoirs in a row make this tailwater fishery have a constant water flow and stable temperatures from day to day. Amazingly fertile, with prolific hatches of mayflies, caddis, and midges, the Missouri is a 365 day river. You'll see fish rising just about every day of the year. Take a float trip down the Missouri and you'll know why it made such a powerful impression on Lewis and Clark during their great expedition. During the summer, caddis and mayfly hatches are so prolific that it looks as though there is a mini blizzard over the river. This river is known for its excellent dry fly fishing. But it's also amazing when fished with emergers. or small bead-heads as a dropper behind a dry fly. The MO fishes fantastically in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall with Baetis and Midges for dries and big, ugly streamers! That is when some very big fish are caught! The Missouri throws itself into the heated debate of "Row vs. Wade" because it is so perfectly suited to angle from both a drift boat (or other water craft) as well as wade fishing on foot. With an adult trout population (Rainbows and Browns over 10") over 6,000 per mile and an average size of 16"-18", it's not too hard to figure out why the Missouri ranks up there with many people's favorite places to fish!

Nearest Airport:

Helena, Great Falls


PMD's and Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

All Day really!

Best Stretch:

Wolf Creek to Stick and the Canyon

Best Access:

Holter Dam, Wolf Creek Bridge, Craig, Stickney, Mid-Canon, Mtn Palace and walk-ins off the Recreation Road.