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Missouri River

Updated 05/22/2018 at 8:47pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

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Our Report

The Mo is our oasis during high water in the the land of freestones.  Nymphing is the name of the game until the flows come back down.  There may be some fish looking up on the lower but this time of year, the creeks can muddy it all up.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Double nymph rigs leading with a hot bead (scud, Charles, sow…) or worm and back it up with zebra midge.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – Once you hit a couple fish in a run, stay on it and continue with the same rig.  The water is high right now so fish are concentrated in eddy’s, pushed up on the banks, or in very soft water.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Reports have been good from the Dam down.  With much of the state out of fishing commision, expect more company than other rivers but there is plenty of fish and space.

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!



Conditions on the Missouri are high and reports are decent.

The Hatch

Scuds, sowbugs, worms, midges down under - midges on top.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - griffiths #20, parachute or thorax midge #18-20, sipper midge #18, para purple haze #16. NYMPHS - green machines #18-16, sow bugs and scuds, zebra midges, pink scuds, bwo split backs, 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.


Water Flow

15,200 cfs at Holter

Link to Water Flow Graph


Clear before Prickle Pear and the Dearborn

Water temperature at mid-day

51 degrees

Water Condition

Big and pushy... be mindful, especially up by the dam!

Best time of day to fish

All day for nymphs, the possibility of streamers in softer water.

Best stretch

Below Holter Dam to Craig is good but busy with boats. Keep an eye on flows for the Dearborn, if it remains stable... it may start to clear up!

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.