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.