Depending on the time of year, there are different types of insects to imitate with trout flies. From the midges to Scuds, to the BWO’s, from March Browns to the callibaetis, to the Pale Morning Duns, to the Tricos and Caddisflies, we can tell you exactly which fly will yield you the best results based on our knowledge of the seasons of each aquatic insect. Scuds, Sowbugs, Green Machines, and San Juan Worms, little sedges, mayflies, ants, grasshoppers, and terrestrials are all found in prolific numbers on the Missouri River. Large trout are very selective to hatches, so knowing which fly will work best for the place and time are the keys to catching fish.
The Missouri River is home to some very large Rainbow Trout ranging from between 16-20 inches long. Boasting an average of 5,500 trout per mile, these wild fish will challenge even the most skilled of anglers. This smooth, clear river with trout everywhere is perfect, but your skills must be up in order to catch these crafty creatures! In the section below the Holter Dam near Craig, MT, the fish are smart and have seen it all. Your drifts must be drag free and your hook sets on point. Keep that rod tip up and let’m run!.
River flows are always conducive to floating and fishing from a drift boat. In the lower river, there can be tricky sections with tall canyons and faster runs, but most of the Missouri River is slow and steady, providing excellent opportunities for the seasoned angler and novice fisherman alike. Access points to the river are both numerous and easy to get to.
Just imagine the thrill headhunting down a grasslined bank, looking for that nose that everyone else passes by, posting up 35 feet away and waiting. Waiting and watching that 22’’ Brown Trout show it’s nose to you. Selectively eating every PMD spinner that floats over its nose. Make that 30 foot cast that lands on the perfect micro seam, get a 5-foot drift, watch that brown trout gently sip your bug, hook set and everything hits that fan when you connect! That’s the Missouri River!
As you reel it in to inspect your catch, you feel the power of the trout as it squirms in your hands, just before you snap a picture to send to your family and release it back to its natural habitat. Then, you begin again. The day is filled with moments like these.