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Missouri River

Updated 06/07/2019 at 1:45am

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report

The Mo is always a great spring/early summer option especially when free stones are still high.  Reports have been good over there, the Dearborn is clearing and dropping and should be fishable be next week.


1. Shallower nymphing is on the way, aka short leashing.

2. Swinging has been good.

3. Look for fish sipping PMDS. 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 – it’s row around season on the Mo.  The Dearborn is on the drop and should be fishable soon.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Highs in the 80’s until later in the week.  The weekend looks to be a wet and cooler one!

Typically we have a coupla guides on the MO for the week and if not we always are in touch with those who do and we 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 pretty good and there are bugs!

The Hatch

PMDs, BWOs, some stones, midges

Fly Patterns

DRIES - griffiths #18-20, bwo's #18-20, para purple haze #18, sipper midge #20 NYMPHS - green machines #18-16, sow bugs and scuds, zebra midges, pink scuds, tung head jigs pink or olive all in #18-16 and a hot bead is a good call. STREAMERS - Pencil thin cone heads, sparkle minnow, brown buggers #8-4, crawfish patterns in olive or tan, kreelex fly copper/gold #6.


Water Flow

6320 cfs at Holter

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day

54 degrees

Water Condition

Clear and in good shape

Best time of day to fish

All day.

Best stretch

Below Holter Dam to Upper Dearbron

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.