The river has come up quite a bit over the last week but has stabilized the last few days around 13500 cfs out of Holter. Heavy rains in the area have sent some color into the river below the Dearborn, but not to the point that it has effected fishing.
These higher flows make for tougher fishing as the fish move around into new areas and anglers have a tougher time getting to them. Concentrate efforts around soft seams below islands and inside "swirls" with a variety of nymphs - wire worms, sowbug, and PMD nymphs (just starting). As the PMD emergence picks up speed, try fishing a dry dropper rig with a Chubby Chernobyl and a 3' dropper with a dark Perdigon in the hydraulics and recirculating water. We have been seeing good numbers of fish feeding a few feet below the surface in these areas the last few days.
We have been streamer fishing the last few days, primarily. Lots of action in terms of follows and plenty of eats too. However, this has been consistently good with heavy cloud clover and consistently slow when the sky lightens up.
The dry fly bite on PMD's was good the last two days when you can find actively feeding fish, near the banks - mid-day. Even though flows are high, those fish love their PMD's!
We offer guided fly-fishing trips on this section of the Missouri River from April 24 - June 6 in 2023. E-mail us for availability or book online as well (just click on any of our Book Now buttons on this website)
Our guests have the flexibility to fish a variety of world-renowned trout fisheries including the Yellowstone, Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson rivers on our Bozeman, Montana fly-fishing guided full-day trips.
Fins & Feathers Guide Service has been outfitting fly-anglers across Montana since 2000. We sold our fly shop (Fins & Feathers of Bozeman at 4-Corners) to our friends at Yellow Dog Fly Fishing in late 2022. Our guide service remains the same and continues to be outfitted by Toby Swank, Montana Outfitter #9603.
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The Missouri River is formed with the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers near Three Forks, Montana. The blue-ribbon stretches of the river are generally considered downstream in the “tail-water” sections, which are formed below several reservoirs. The best trout fishing section of the Missouri River is the stretch of river downstream from Holter Lake that our guides fish in the spring and early summer. Closer to Bozeman is the stretch of the Missouri River around Toston Reservoir which is a great mid-summer Carp destination that also holds a few large trout seasonally.