The Missouri River is an icon. It is reminiscent of a huge spring creek. The approach to fishing this river, and in turn the opportunities for big fish on small flies, makes the Missouri one of Montana’s most famous fisheries. Insect hatches are prolific due to the Missouri’s extraordinary fertility, and anglers far and wide consider the “Mighty Mo” one of the greatest trout fisheries in the world.
The Missouri fishery starts right below Holter Dam in Wolf Creek, Montana and extends north to Cascade, Montana. Just downstream from the dam, the Missouri eases past Craig, Montana, a small town which has become fly fishing’s de facto Mecca. Drift-boat fishing is a great way to access the Missouri’s legendary trout, and a day’s float affords both spectacular scenery and a chance to travel the same water Lewis and Clark navigated during their expedition west.
May through June
Rainbow, Brown, Mountain Whitefish
9ft, Five or Six Weight Fast Action Fly Rod
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During the spring, the Linehan Outfitting crew will spend a few weeks on the Missouri. The Missouri fishes like a huge spring creek, and anglers enjoy the opportunity to take big, powerful fish on small flies. The sheer volume of fish coupled with their quality and strength make the Missouri one of Montana’s most famous rivers. The river is also extraordinarily fertile and loaded with biomass, and the resulting hatches on the Missouri are incredible.