Spring Fly Fishing on the Missouri River
Spring on the Missouri has long been my favorite time of year to fish the stretch of river below Holter Dam. Generally, it is a quieter time of year on the water than the rest of the year (it is still very buys though), there are some rising fish to be found most days, and there are no weeds to contend with. When hatches are sparse, one can count on reliable nymphing in a wide range of stream flows. Personally, I like fishing the Missouri best when the flows are in the 7000-10000 cfs range…which it is currently.
So far, the deep nymphing has been the ticket with double Sowbug rigs keeping a bend in the rod throughout the day. Wading right now is getting tricky, so plan on being in a boat if you expect to have much success! I like to concentrate my efforts on fishing inside bends where there is plenty of soft water and a gradual change in depth. I’ve been running rigs that are 8 feet in length with either an AB or BB split shot about 18” above the first fly. Long drifts through the right water is the key to success right now.
This is a great time of year to experience the Missouri River, below Holter Dam with the guides at Fins & Feathers of Bozeman. We require a minimum of two days guided fishing for these trips at $475/day for 1-2 anglers. As always, we include lunches, flies, and gear if needed on all of our guided fly-fishing trips in Montana. If you would like to book a trip or learn more about our Missouri River guide trips, just give us a call at 1-877-790-5303 or send us an email.