Dry fly fishing-Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 6-6-2017

This Missouri River Montana Fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting (www.fishmontana.com) and provides current Missouri River fishing conditions. This report will be updated frequently or as conditions change. The LOC crew spends May and June on the Missouri River and we currently have availability. Give a call and let’s go fishing.

Flows from Holter Dam: current discharge from Holter Dam are fluctuating between 830o-8900 cfs

Water Temperature: 58 degrees

Best time of day: River is fishing pretty well throughout the entire day

Hatches: Pmds and caddis

Patterns: zebra midge, tailwater sow, hot bead sow, Ray Charles sow, gold lightening bug, San Juan worm, steel worm, bubble back pmd, pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, Bloom’s caddis, crystal caddis, ascending caddis, zoo cougar, circus peanut, split case pmd, yellow haze, pmd hackle stacker, parachute pmd, pmd emerger

We’ve all been waiting for dry fly fishing and finally it seems the fish are starting to look up here on the Missouri River.  Water temps are starting to consistently hang around the high 50s and pmds and caddis are finally starting to pop in earnest.  Dry fly fishing is improving by the day and fish seem increasingly eager to feed on top.  Look for hatches of pmds in tailouts and faster currents but keep in mind fish are usually set up to eat a bit down stream in slightly softer water to take advantage of an easy meal and cripples.  At the moment fish are not necessarily snooty and will eat several versions of pmd and caddis patterns.  But it’s still all about the drift.  At this point their not pattern shy but be sure to show them nothing but fly.  Drag on the fly or a poor presentation will only get you the middle fin.

Nymphing is still solid up and down the river.  You can run short, about 5 feet to a couple bead heads and stick with banks and faster current in 3-5 feet of water or you can run deep with a couple BB split shot in 6-8 feet of water as well.  Just kind of depends on your preference.  Fish are definitely spreading out and can be found in all water types and seem to be moving each day as well.  Keep in mind what works one day may not actually be the ticket the next.  This is a transition period and trout are seeking more traditional summer runs and faster current.

It looks like we have a couple more nice days in the forecast and then expect much cooler temps and unfortunately wind.  A cool front is entering the area on Saturday and daytime temps will hover around the middle 50s.  We’ve been enjoying daytime temps in the 70s and very little wind.  It’s actually going to be hot for the next couple days and then we’ll see a big change later in the week.  What does this mean for dry fly fishing?    Stay tuned or we’ll see you on the water.

LOC guest Tom U. with a dry fly eating Missouri River brown dog.

Sturgeon Flows-Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 5-28-2017

This Kootenai River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Kootenai River and fishing conditions. It will be updated frequently or as conditions change. We have fly fishing guides available so give a call anytime if you have any questions surrounding The Kootenai River or anything about Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Discharge from Libby Dam: 26,900cfs

In-flow from Lake Koocanusa: 42,000cfs

Water temperature below Libby Dam: 49 degrees

Best Time of day: afternoon

Hatches: midge, baetis, March brown mayfly

Patterns: rubber legged stonefly nymph, San Juan worm, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, tung head pheasant tail, bunny patterns, circus peanut, parachute Adams, purple haze, stimulator

The Kootenai River is actually in pretty good shape at the moment.   The second pulse of Sturgeon flows have started but for now the river is perfectly fish-able at 18,000cfs.  That’s still a bit on the high side and so wading is not really much of a option.  Float fishing is the way to go right now and will be for a while until runoff has abated a bit.

Water temps have risen nicely what with some sunshine and 49 degrees is good enough to stimulate some activity in the way of feeding fish.  With sunshine and warmer days tributaries will kick color into the main stem but water conditions should remain pretty good from here on.

Nymphing is the way to go if you’re interested in best bet.  Fish are likely still busy spawning so numbers may seem scarce for now.  But rig up with 2 BB split shot and ser your indicator about 6-7 feet from first fly.  Look for fish in softer runs and tail outs for now as they’re likely not in fast water and are still in late winter/spring habitat.

streamers are also a good bet and on cloudy days the note has been decent.  Roll with at least a sink tip since it’s important to cut through the top layer of current and get down in the zone.  Look for fish in cover and boulder gardens.

Expect a nice week of weather with partly sunny skies and fair days.  Water temps will continue to rise and caddis should start popping a bit in the near future which may provide some dry fly opportunities.

Spring Kootenai River Westslope Cutthroat

 

 


Rain-Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 5-19-2017

Missouri River rainbow trout

This Missouri River Montana Fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting (www.fishmontana.com) and provides current Missouri River fishing conditions. This report will be updated frequently or as conditions change. The LOC crew spends May and June on the Missouri River and we currently have availability. Give a call and let’s go fishing.

Flows from Holter Dam: 10,500 cfs

Water Temperature: 52 degrees

Best time of day: River is fishing pretty well throughout the entire day

Hatches: midge, baetis, caddis

Patterns: zebra midge, tailwater sow, hot bead sow, Ray Charles sow, gold lightening bug, San Juan worm, steel worm, green machine, pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, Bloom’s caddis, crystal caddis, ascending caddis, zoo cougar, circus peanut

It’s been an interesting couple of days here on the Missori River. Flows from Holter Dam have increased approximately 2000 cfs in the last four days.  Normally we’d expect the fishing to slow down under this situation but for the most part the song remains the the same.

Two days ago a winter storm brought over 2 inches of rain to the area.  Tributaries blew up and Prickly Pear Creek and the Dearborn River both tripled in size  and are presently still pouring color into the the river.

For now, the only fish able water is from Holter Dam to the Dearborn River.  The upper River is off color at the moment but has been improving quickly.  Below the Dearborn River and in the canyonwater conditions are marginal.  The Dearborn is dropping quickly but it will be a couple more days before the lower river/canyon is fish able.

Today we had several boats running deep nymphing rigs with wire worms and sow bugs. Reports were good with rigs set 7 feet from the first fly with one B split shot. Most fish were caught in 6-8 feet of water and most were still on the sow bug.

Streamer action has been pretty good and one boat had substantial streamer action over the last couple days. Cloud cover always helps when you’re throwing junk and several big were netted with big smiles and high fives. If you’re throwing streamers you have to put in the time.

Dry fly action is pretty much non-existent at the moment. Blue winged olives are hatching each day but with higher flows rising fish are pretty scarce. If you poke around in the channels and really look hard you might get lucky and see a nose or two. But don’t expect much in the way of surface activity.

Today was a great weather day.  It was 65, partly sunny, and there was no wind.  The good news.  Expect more of the same for the next week.  And keep in mind water clarity is improving daily as well.  By early next week the entire River will be in good shape again.

Stay tuned for more reports and give a call if you’re headed this way to join us or want to arrange a trip.

 


Holter Dam-Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 5-14-2017

This Missouri River Montana Fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting (www.fishmontana.com) and provides current Missouri River fishing conditions.  This report will be updated frequently or as conditions change.  The LOC crew spends May and June on the Missouri River and we currently have availability.  Give a call and let’s go fishing.

Flows from Holter Dam:  8,230 cfs

Water Temperature: 52 degrees

Best time of day:  River is fishing pretty well throughout the entire day

Hatches: midge, baetis, caddis

Patterns:  zebra midge, tailwater sow, hot bead sow, Ray Charles sow, gold lightening bug, San Juan worm, steel worm, green machine, pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, Bloom’s caddis, crystal caddis, ascending caddis, zoo cougar, circus peanut

It’s been an interesting couple of days here on the Missori River.  Flows from Holter Dam have increased approximately 700 cfs over the last 48 hours.  Normally we’d expect the fishing to slow down under this situation but for the most part the song remains the the same.

Today we had several boats running deep nymphing rigs with wire worms and sow bugs.  Reports were good with rigs set 7 feet from the first fly with one B split shot.  Most fish were caught in 6-8 feet of water and most were still on the sow bug.

Streamer action has been pretty good and one boat had substantial streamer action over the last couple days.  Cloud cover always helps when you’re throwing junk and several big were netted with big smiles and high fives.  If you’re throwing streamers you have to put in the time.

Dry fly action is pretty much non-existent at the moment.  Blue winged olives are hatching each day but with higher flows rising fish are pretty scarce.  If you poke around in the channels and really look hard you might get lucky and see a nose or two.  Caddis are hatching in the canyon.  You might find fish rising tight to the bank in soft water if you’re lucky.  For the most part flows will have to come down before any consistent dry fly action can be expected.  When will that be?  That’s the big question.  Wednesday weather prediction calls for an inch of rain and possible snow.  That means the water is still pouring into Holter Lake and after a certain point, it has to be released.  Will flows keep increasing?  Only time will tell.

Expect another day or two of decent weather and then be prepared for some cold rain and possibly snow here in Craig.  Forecast is calling for an inch or more of rain on Wednesday with temps in the middle 40s.  With this kind of fast moving front winds are expected to blow around 20 miles per hour from the north.  That means it will feel much cooler.  Fortunately the front will last for only two days and by later in the week weather will be fair and more user friendly.

Stay tuned for more reports and give a call if you’re headed this way to join us or want to arrange a trip.

Nothing but net here on the Missouri River with LOC.

 

 

 

 

 

 


BWO Mayflies-Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 5-4-2017

This Missouri River Montana fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company.  It provides current water and fishing conditions and will be updated frequently or as conditions change.  The LOC crew spends May and June on the Missouri River in Craig, Montana.

Discharge from Holter Dam:  7,200cfs

Water Temperature:  48 degrees

Best Time of Day:  Conditions are good throughout the entire day now

Hatches:  midge, baetis

Patterns:  parachute midge, midge cluster, bwo hackle stacker, bwo parachute, bwo sparkle dun, bwo cripple, zebra midge, lightening bug, green machine, pheasant tail, sow bug, hotbead sow, sj worm, black bunny patterns

This is the time of year when the LOC crew is on the Missouri.  Through the middle of June we will be featuring  Missouri River fishing reports on our site and other outlets.  Stay tuned especially if you are meeting us soon in Craig, Montana for a spring fling adventure.

Let’s see…current flows from Holter Dam are 7,200cfs which is bigger than we’ve seen over the last three years.  This is a good water year and we’re all hoping flows stay in that range for the entire spring.  To compare, the last several years Holter Dam released average flows below 4500cfs.  We like more water and the river stays fresh and offers more in the way of diversity since channels are full, holding fish, and spreading things out a bit.

At the moment nymphing is pretty solid.  With good hatches of baetis and midge, fish are eating all day and depending on weather have been pretty grabby.  Bright days seem to offer less action but with cloud cover the nymphing has been great.  With slightly higher flows, remember to raise your indicator.  Think 6-7 feet to the first fly and be sure to add enough weight to get the flies down near the bottom.

Dry fly fishing has been sporadic.  During hatches of blue winged olives you can definitely find some rising fish in soft water and tight to the banks.  These fish will be tricky.  It’s all about small ball and long leaders.  But if that’s your preference, look closely and you’ll find some targets.

The streamer bite is largely dependent on weather.  It has been worth the effort if skies are cloudy, overcast, and obviously rainy days are better still.  Bunny patterns are always in play and we like to fish a dropper off streamers as well.  Think bead head prince nymph or something with some flash that might get their attention this time of year.

It looks like we’ll be seeing pretty typical spring weather for the next 7 days.  Immediately daytime temps are going to rise significantly with sunshine and approach high 70s!  I know, right.  And clear sunny skies will dominate the landscape for two or three days.  Then, daytime temps will be more normal and hover in the 60s as another gray sky, low pressure, rainy front moves into the area.

We have availability and would love to get you on the water.  Joanne and Helen are in the office and ready for your call.  800-596-0034.

Blue winged olive hatch on Montana’s Missouri River

 

 

 


Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 3-24-2017

This Missouri River Montana fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company, one of Montana’s premier fly fishing and hunting outfitters.  It provides current River and fishing conditions and will be updated frequently or if conditions change.  We are currently on the water and running trips so give a call if you need a good guide, need information, or need help with anything surrounding Montana fly fishing or fly fishing in general.

Flows from Holter Dam: 4,100cfs

Water temperature: approximately 40 degrees

Best time of day: afternoons

Water clarity: good

Hatches: midge, baetis, March brown

Pattens:  zebra midge, hot bead sow, hot bead anything, sj worm, parachute Adams, drowned midge, cluster midge, baetis hackle stacker, bunny patterns, circus peanut, zuddler

Missouri River conditions are steady, pretty good, and will only be improving.  Daytime temps are now consistently around 5o degrees in the afternoons and that means water temps will be ooching up slowly but surely as well.

Midge are still active and hatches of baetis and March Browns should be increasing as well.  My,phi,g is most consistent and hot bead patterns are always a good bet this time of year.  But don’t get stuck in a rut.  There are days when trout want more natural imitations so be thinking two midge at that point.

There are noses poking up on the Missouri River and for now the dry fly gig is mostly about midge.  Have a variety of patterns ready.  Mostly you have to be accurate and get the fly right into the zone or forget about it.

Streamer strikes are there for those of you who like to sling the junk.  For sure you’re likely to hit a big fish if you put in the time but with water temps still on the chilly side don’t expect lots of chasing or numbers.  Trout are still in late winter mode and their feeding activity is all about efficiency.

Expect a mix of weather through the the weekend with partly sunny skies and potential showers rolling through from time to time.  Look for daytime temps in 50s and gray skies through next week with breezy conditions and winds in 7-15 mph range.

Linehan Outfitting Company is currently booking Spring Fling trips on the Missouri River.  Give a call anytime if you have questions and see you on the Missouri River soon.

This could be you holding a big Missouri River brown…

 


MISSOURI RIVER FISHING REPORT 6-5-2016

This Missouri River Montana fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Missouri River Montana River and fishing conditions. My crew and I spend May and June over here in Craig, Montana and this is a spectacular spring fishing experience. Give a call anytime and let’s get on the water.
Flows: 4900 cfs
Water temperatures: 56 degrees
Best Time Of Day: Nymphing is solid all day and dry fly action is best in the evening

Hatches: midge, baetis, caddis, pmds

Patterns: green machine, pmd nymphs, wire worms, crack back pmd, sow bugs, Blooms caddis, corn fed caddis, x caddis, pmd cripple, parachute pmd, hackle stacker pmd, pmd quill body, Rosenbauer’s rabbit foot emerger, ascending caddis, fuzz face caddis, crystal caddis

Flows have been dropping each day and it’s hot out there.  Fishing has been pretty good for the most part but with high sun and heat we are also finding it a bit tricky.  But that’s all right and that’s the way we actually like it.

Nymphing has been solid generally speaking.  Short leashing through weed mats can be productive.  Set your indicator about three to four feet from the point fly and look for fish in 2-5 feet of water with good current.  If you’re running long, set your indicator 5-7 feet from the point fly, add a B split shot, and commit to 5-10 feet of water and essentially the center line of the river.

Dry fly action is sporadic.  There has been some caddis and pmd hatchs in the riffles around islands and fish are eager to eat.  Look for splashy rises in skinny water and don’t forget about emergers and cripples.

Expect hot weather and clear skies for the next week and inconsistently good fishing?.


Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 5-21-2016

Let’s see, the LOC crew has been over her in Craig on the Missouri River for a couple weeks now so I thought some of you might like a Missouri River Montana fishing report, especially since some of you are headed this way soon.  So, forgive my tardiness and expect more diligent efforts this end immediately.  

Flows:  5680cfs

Water temperatures: 51 degrees

Best Time Of Day: Nymphing is solid all day and dry fly action is best in the evening

Hatches: midge, baetis, caddis

Patterns:  zebra midge, sow bugs, green machine, caddis pupas, wire worms, bead head crystal caddis, parachute Adams, purple haze, chubbies, Bloom’s caddis, bunny streamers

At the moment the Missouri River is fishing great.  The weather has been tough what with rain and cold temperatures but this is what May is supposed to be like.  Not 80 and sunny so guides and anglers are generally happy.  

Nymphing has been off the charts the last few days and the fish have been grabby up and down the length of the river.  The Craig section is mostly about sow bugs right now mans while sow bugs are working on the lower River in the canyon, caddis are more effective especially in faster water.  

Dry fly eats are possible if you poke around and find some rising fish.  Baetis hatches are still coming off in pulses under cloudy, cool conditions and fish are looking up when they bugs are thick enough generally in the late afternoon.  Look for heads in soft currents, slip seams, channels, and sloughs with a bit of current.  We had been seeing some caddis activity in the canyon and lower, but the cold rain put a quick stop to that.  

Streamer action has been pretty good in the canyon as well and there are whispers of some big browns being seen under dark, cloudy skies along with werewolves and vampires.  Wait, what?  That’s from my nightmare last night.  Sorry.  Anyway, all in all the LOC crew and guests have been very pleased with the fishing and the Missouri is as healthy as ever.

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LOC Travis Lee with a wild Missouri River Montana brown.


Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 6-21-2015

Flows: 4320cfs

Water Temperature Below Holter Dam:  57 degrees

Best Time Of Day: nymphing is solid throughout the entire day and dry fly action is best in the from mid-morning through evening.

Hatches:  pmds, caddis,

Patterns:  Bloom’s caddis, cornfed caddis, double duck caddis, ascending caddis, crystal caddis, crack back pmd, bubble back pmd, parachute pmd, cdc pmd, captive dun, pmd sparkle dun, cripple pmd, pmd emergers

The Missouri River below Holter Dam is presently fishing very well and in great shape.  Dry fly action is now in full swing with pmds and caddis popping consistently.  It’s all about rising fish these days.  Double dry fly rigs have been very productive and a two for one sale featuring a cornfed caddis and pmd sparkle dun is hard to beat rolling down the banks in a the boat.

Pmd’s are coming off in good numbers on the upper and lower river as well.  Hatches are often site specific so be ready.  One day they go in the canyon, the next day on the upper river.  Keep your ear to the ground and check all reports.  Fish are getting snooty during sunshine.  Cloud cover helps make them much less wary and action has been good lately what with overcast days.

Caddis in the canyon are in full force and coming out of the riffles by mid morning.  Swarms of caddis are ovipositing eggs, bouncing off the water and dying in the evening providing some of the best happy hours this side of Margaritaville.

Expect mostly sunny skies and daytime temps in the high 80’s through the week with a bit of wind here and there.  This Missouri River Montana Fishing Report brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company.  We’ve got the guides and the knowledge and look forward to hearing from you.  800-596-0034.  www.fishmontana.com

LOC guide Jeff P. and guest Todd P. with a gator Missouri River brown.
LOC guide Jeff P. and guest Todd P. with a gator Missouri River brown.

MISSOURI RIVER MONTANA FISHING REPORT 6-10-2015

Flows: 5860 cfs
Water Temperature: approximately 54 degrees
Best Time Of Day: pmds and caddis are hatching consistently so dry fly action and nymphing is good all day
Hatches: caddis, pmds
Patterns: Bloom’s caddis, crystal caddis, fuzz face, wire worm, pmd emergers, crack back pmd, corn fed caddis, sow bugs

The Missouri River is presently fishing great. Nymphing is still off the charts. Short leashing with indicator about 4 feet from flies in fast current and weed mats is very productive. Or, you can run a deep rig with indicator about 6 feet from flies with a BB split shot and fish the off center river line inside out.

Dry fly action has been steadily getting better and better. Caddis have been going on the lower river and in the canyon for a couple weeks and will continue increasing. Pmds have officially started up and down the river and the fish are rising everywhere and choking about 11:00 am. As piggish as they appear to be, don’t think they’re pushovers. Good drifts with dry flies oars still a must. Dry/dropper rigs are in play now all day!

Expect nice weather to continue for next ten days with temps in the 70-low 80s with light, variable winds.

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