Craig, Montana is the 388th most populated city in Montana with 39 residents.
Located on the banks of this legendary tailwater trout fishery, Craig is the modern epicenter of Missouri River fly fishing from April - early July.
Spend a few days here around Memorial Day and you will quickly realize that fly fishing and Craig are deeply intertwined.
Experienced anglers are drawn to the Montana fly fishing on the Missouri River for the world-renown hatches and technical dry fly fishing. Novice anglers thrive here, quickly improving their skills with the myriad fly fishing scenarios encountered each day on the river.
"Spent three days on the Mo around Craig, MT with Feathers and Fins. Absolutely splendid fishing - I wish I were still there. We had great action from put-in to take-out and cordial help from great guides all along. Streamers, dries, nymphs... with a nice show of rainbows and browns to reward our flawless presentations. Fins and Feathers expertly planned the trip and ensured a good time for all skill levels and ages (30 to 70!) in our party. When are we going again? Are we there yet?"
- Mike F.
Flyfishing Montana on the Missouri River, below Holter Dam, is a bucket-list experience for advanced and novice fly anglers alike. The 35 miles between the dam and Cascade, Montana is home to nearly 5000 wild trout per mile and the best fly fishing in Montana from April - June.
Experience western dry fly fishing at its best during the June PMD hatches. Improve your nymph fishing skills during high water in May and learn to read water like never before.
Immerse yourself in Montana fly fishing on the Missouri River during the spring, surrounded by the brilliant landscapes of central Montana.
Originating in the Scapegoat Mountains deep within the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the Dearborn is among the most scenic Montana fly fishing rivers.
Montana fishing on the last 40 miles of the river's course - from HWY 200 to its confluence with the Missouri River near Craig, Montana - is brilliant during the first few weeks of June with big dry flies or streamers.
Floating the lower canyon section in late May or early June - if water conditions permit - takes the angler fishing through a seemingly untouched trout fishing paradise. Floating beneath the towering canyon walls through this remote 20 miles is a Montana fly fishing day trip like no other.
The best time to fly fish the tailwater section below Holter Dam is between April and early July. We have full-time Missouri River fly fishing guides near Craig, Montana from mid-April through late June.
This world-renowned river boasts Montana fish populations exceeding 5000 trout per mile with some of the best dry fly fishing an angler will ever find.
Improve your fly fishing skills or master your craft with the patient, expert instruction of our Montana fly fishing guides on the Missouri River this spring.
Whether your passion is dry fly fishing, streamer fly fishing, or just putting numbers in the net – Missouri River fly fishing has something for every angler.
Gain valuable insight into current hatches, recommended fly patterns, and the most effective Missouri River fly fishing techniques before heading out. Anglers fishing the Missouri River have been counting on our advice for over 23 years.
Updated frequently, our Missouri River fishing reports are based on feedback from our guides and friends in the Craig, Montana fly fishing community.