Missouri River Fly Fishing Reports
Missouri River Fishing Report 7/23/2021
Current ConditionsHoot Owl fishing restrictions are in place from Holter Dam down to the Cascade boat ramp. This means no fishing at all from 2pm to midnight, everyday. These state implemented fishing restrictions are in response to low river flows and high water temps. The restrictions are meant to reduce stress and therefore fish mortality during the warmest and most stressful times of day.
The Hoot Owl fishing restrictions shouldn’t affect your fishing plans for the Missouri. For the past coupe weeks the early-on early-off strategy has been treating people (and trout) well. Look for caddis, Tricos, and Callibaetis hatching throughout the day. The young hoppers are molting into the flying adults, so hopper fishing should improve by the day. Nymphing is a good fish producing option, but a daunting one. The thick summer weeds and lower than normal flows are making it difficult to get a good drifts without pulling in a pound of weeds. However, if you find a slot between the weeds or another nymph-able spot give it a shot. Nymph and emerger varieties of the current hatch or the usual suspects like sowbug, scuds, and worms should all work well.
Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Missouri River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides.
The Mo' near Craig will be one of the better fly fishing options. This stretch has been nymphing really well with some good Midge fishing on top as well. The BWO's won't be too far off so keep an eye out for bugs on the surface and rising trout. For sub-surface, San Juan Worms, Zebra midges, Rainbow Warriors, Scuds/Sowbugs, or smaller Perdigons will get it done. Streamers have been worth a shot but is definitely a day-to-day game. Spey fishing is also a good idea if you are wade fishing and want to reach some of those harder runs out in the middle.
Recommended Guided Trips
Full Day guided fly-fishing trips are our standard offering and offer the best opportunity to truly get out and experience the fly-fishing opportunities around Bozeman that attract anglers from around the world
- Typical Full Day Trips Are 6-8 Hours in Duration
- 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
- Full Day Trips Are Generally Float Trips
- Full Day Trips Available on Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson rivers
- Drive Time Is Typically 30-60 Minutes Each Way
- Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
Fins & Feathers of Bozeman’s Montana fly fishing packages offer convenience and value by bundling our guided services together with lodging options in Bozeman. Check out the example pricing - based on double occupancy in the rooms and with one of our Bozeman fly fishing guides. Email us or fill out our contact form to make a reservation and confirm availability.
Please note that availability is extremely limited during the summer, we strongly encourage you to make reservations sooner, rather than later. Our deposit policy is the "friendliest in the industry" in that we don't require payment ($1.00) at booking and all reservations can be cancelled - with no penalty up to 10 days prior to your scheduled arrival date.
These rates are guaranteed until June 1, 2022 and are likely to increase as availability decreases in both rooms and our guides fly fishing servicesLearn More
Fishing Licenses and Shuttle Info
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Missouri River Overview
The Missouri River is formed with the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers near Three Forks, Montana. The blue-ribbon stretches of the river are generally considered downstream in the “tail-water” sections, which are formed below several reservoirs. The best trout fishing section of the Missouri River is the stretch of river downstream from Holter Lake that our guides fish in the spring and early summer. Closer to Bozeman is the stretch of the Missouri River around Toston Reservoir which is a great mid-summer Carp destination that also holds a few large trout seasonally.