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?.