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Missouri River

Updated 08/12/2019 at 4:16pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report


Casting dries to sipping fish. Nymphing with small nymphs if no rising fish.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – 1. Start looking for tricos in the mornings. Fish will gorge themselves on the dead spinners on the water.

2. Caddis in the evenings

3. If dry fly fishing slows down during the day, a short leashed nymph will do the trick.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Temps in the 90’s and wind. Fish mornings and evenings to try to avoid the wind.

Typically we have a couple 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

Tricos, midges, caddis, some PMD's around.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - #18 rusty spinner, griffiths #18-20, pmd's #14-18, 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

5660 cfs bl Holter

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day

65 degrees

Water Condition

Clear and in good shape

Best time of day to fish

All day.

Best stretch

Below Holter Dam to Upper Dearborn

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.