The water is high but the fishing is good. Big fish are being caught on the Mighty Missouri River!
Here are some times we went fishing!
One of the best ways to learn more about fishing Montana’s Missouri River is to hire a guide your first time or two. The mighty Mo can be a real challenge to fly fishers who have never fished here before. We as guides see it all the time, first time Missouri anglers with all the right flies but no fish in the net. Usually new anglers have the right flies, weight and depth as prescribed at the fly shop. The common factor is poor rowing ability and lack of knowledge on where to look for trout. The Missouri is big and flat to the average eye. One must look close at the surface to understand the subtle shelves and drop offs below.
I see many first timers only catch a fish or two on a multi day fishing trip. Maybe they are too proud to go guided or simply can’t afford it. Either way a guide can help you get started on the mighty Mo! When we have our famous hatches, finding those trout can be a lot easier! Wade fisherman can actually do well if the flows are within reason for wade fishing. Good luck and happy fishing!
May is a great time to fish Montana’s Missouri River. We are on the verge of a large caddis hatch along with a some sizable drakes. The water volume is at the upper limits for the fish to rise well but I’ve seen some big fish rise in the past with similar conditions.
As of now nymph fishing is really good some days and really tough other days. Most guides are getting it done day to day. Most do it yourself guys are having some really tough days, especially in the sun. I have not heard many great reports about streamers but as the water warms fishing certain banks can be good.
My favorite time to fish is in the spring. Spring brings new hope for all of the hatches to come. Spring brings hope for all those big fish you never caught last year! I prefer the first half of the season more than the second half.
The first major Hatch begins in April. The BWO hatch is quiet major and can happen for 3 weeks or so. This is not the hatch that you can depend on day in and day out. These small may flies are effected by weather. Just when you think it is raining to hard for a good dry-fly bite, boom a bunch of big fish up and eating! Sometimes you think it is to sunny. Wrong, big browns up and vulnerable! Some days the conditions seem perfect for the big hatch and it doesn’t happen. The streamer road is always ready!
When the hatches are lacking, I always like to throw streamers. On occasion some big fish fall to streamers in the spring! The nymph fishing can be really hard to beat this time of year as well. Come on over to the Missouri river in April. You will be glad you did!
We are moving into spring! We all start to feel the need to fish this time of year! The water temp is getting close to 40 degrees on the Mighty Mo. I usually don’t start fishing until the water hits 40. That is when fish start to chase things. At about 42 degrees you can get those blue wing olive hatches, that’s when big dumb ones eat the dry fly! Hope to see you soon.
Another season has come to an end. It was a good season all in all. I personally guided 2 of the biggest mule deer I have ever had the pleasure of seeing! Still the end of the season is bittersweet! As the outfitter, you hope all of your clients have the perfect hunt. This is usually not the case. Many factors determine success, most of which we can’t control. It still doesn’t feel good when good clients have a less than stellar hunt!
All we can do now is look forward to the next season. We will hope for a mild winter and a wet spring. We will start posting some hunt stories from this season, some amazing hunts took place!
The fishing has been pretty good! Not the best dry fly bite but some trico eaters can be found daily. The hopper bite can be day to day. Hoppers can be stellar in the clouds.
The nymph fishing is good to great depending on who you talk to. I’ve been looking for big ones, not numbers. As you can see, the big ones have been coming to my net. Big bugs in shallow water have been my game. Guys have been throwing shallow or in the deep trenches. The cool down is coming!
As you can see August does not suck, at least from this anglers standpoint. The dog days of summer are not the ideal fishing scenario but big browns like to eat it for the patient anglers. I always have guided some of the my biggest fish in August. Warm weather and warm water doesn’t seem to bother big browns. It might make them more hungry! The warm water makes them easier to land. While you are in you air-conditioned homes I will be here catching pigs!
I Like to guide for big brown trout! It never gets old when a big one rises to your dry fly. We are in the thick part of our summer caddis hatch at the moment. The bugs have the big guys looking up! If you want to get the big ones have your people call my people!
May all of your fish be big browns trout!