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.