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Missouri River

Updated 04/18/2019 at 7:14pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report


1. Slowly stripping streamers down deep.

2. Nymphing runs under an indicator.

3. Look for fish sipping midges. They’re tough to fool, but, when you do hang on.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – Once you hit a couple fish in a run, stay on it and continue with the same rig.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Midges, BWO’s.

Even if we don’t get guides on the MO for the week we always are in touch with those who do and we always stock a great selection of tailwater flies.  Stop in and see us at Blackfoot River Outfitters on Reserve Street in Missoula.  We are open every day. 406-542-7411

Good luck from our team at BRO!



Fishing is ok. Been a cold winter but the fish gotta eat!

The Hatch

Midges, scuds, sow bugs down under - midges on top.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - griffiths #18-20 NYMPHS - green machines #18-16, sow bugs and scuds, zebra midges, pink scuds, tung head jigs pink or olive all in #18-16. STREAMERS - Pencil thin cone heads, sparkle minnow, brown buggers #8-4, crawfish patterns in olive or tan, kreelex fly copper/gold #6.


Water Flow

9160 cfs at Holter

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day

34 degrees

Water Condition

Some small tributaries have blown out, but most of the river is clear.

Best time of day to fish


Best stretch

Below Holter Dam to Craig.

Best access point

Multiple access sites.

Fish species

Rainbows, browns, whitefish, carp and a couple cuts below tributaries.

Fishing season

Open year round, but catch and release for trout this time of year.

Nearest airport

Helena or Great Falls

Recommended fly fishing leader

9' 4x

Recommended fly fishing tippet

4 or 5x

Best fly fishing rod

Crisp to cast but soft enough to fight big fish.

Best floating fly line

Is the one that fits your rod and style the best - fly shops will help discover this.

Best sinking fly line

Is the one that fits your rod and style the best - fly shops will help discover this.