Missouri River Fly Fishing Guide Trips
“May on the Missouri River” is back once again for 2021 with Fins & Feathers of Bozeman’s fly fishing guide service. We will be heading up to Craig, Montana in late April, offering guided fly fishing on the Missouri River through early June on the stretches of the Missouri River between Holter Dam and Cascade. Spring is the best time of year on the Missouri River to avoid crowds and find good numbers of wild trout in the 16”-20” range, with a few larger fish up to 24″ coming to net each year.
Book your days soon as availability is limited and lodging can be very difficult to find at the last minute. You can hold your reservation for 2021 with a “no payment” deposit that locks in your dates up until 2 weeks prior to your trip when the final payment is due.
Fins & Feathers of Bozeman’s fly fishing guides have been guiding fly anglers on the Missouri River since 2000 and fishing the river since 1992. We have fished it all throughout the year in high water, low water, bank to bank weeds, crowds, dirty water, and primetime conditions. The river can be incredibly productive this time of year whether water conditions are high and dirty or low and clear.
Our guides prefer to work Monday – Friday during this time of year to avoid the weekend crowds, but weekend trips can be arranged with advanced planning. Our guests typically stay in hotel rooms at Cross Currents fly shop (only 2 rooms) in Craig, Montana, but they are welcome to arrange their own lodging as well. Dinners can be had at Izaaks in Craig, the Oasis in Wolf Creek, or one of several options in Cascade. Breakfast is available at a couple of spots in Craig while lunches are included on our Missouri River guide trips.
The fishing this time of year is condition dependent, but typically consists of nymph fishing along current seams and below drop-offs from the driftboat. Cloudy days bring out blanket hatches of BWO and March Browns with Caddis typically starting to show up in mid-late May making for intermittent dry fly fishing. Streamer fishing is dependent on water levels and temperature on the Missouri River in the spring, with lower flows and warmer conditions being ideal. We always have a great time during our spring guided trips on the Missouri River and look forward to getting it done once again in 2021.
Availability is limited during our Missouri River guided fly fishing trips, so please make your arrangements sooner rather than later. Guided fly fishing rates for the Missouri River spring trips are $525 per boat for 1-2 anglers. A minimum booking of two days is required for advance reservations. Lodging at Cross Currents can be reserved with Fins & Feathers’ Bozeman fly shop or by contacting Cross Currents (Craig store)directly.
Email our outfitter, Toby Swank at Fins & Feathers of Bozeman or call him at 406-586-2188 to make a reservation for the 2021 spring season on the Missouri River.