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The Missouri River is North America's longest river, originating near Three Forks, west of Bozeman, Montana. This river, formed by the Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison Rivers, offers unique Montana fishing opportunities along its course.

Cool, clean water flows from Holter Dam support a robust population of Rainbow and Brown Trout on the river sections near Craig, Montana. The prime season for fishing is April to October, with a slowdown in late July and August during mid-summer.

The Bozeman fly fishing guides with Fins and Feathers Guide Service focus on Missouri River fly fishing trips from April through June. With over two decades of experience outfitting fly fishing trips in Montana, rely on us to ensure that you experience the best fly fishing in Montana during the time of year of your vacation.

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Fly Fishing in Montana on the Missouri River

  • The 35-mile tailwater section between Holter Dam and the town of Cascade boasts trout populations of over 5000 fish per mile and is considered to have the best dry fly fishing in Montana.
  • April, May, and June are the best months of the year to fly fish in Montana on the Missouri River near Craig, Montana. Although the mid-summer months are still productive, recreational floating traffic and aquatic vegetation growth can make for challenging conditions through September.
  • Missouri River dry fly fishing kicks back into high gear during late September and October with BWO and Pseudcleon mayfly hatches.
  • Fly fishing for Carp in Montana is an incredible challenge for the skilled fly angler and the Missouri River is a terrific western destination for chasing these intelligent, hard-fighting fish. They are found throughout the Missouri River drainage but the stretches between the Missouri River Headwaters State Park and Canyon Ferry Lake are the premier Carp fly fishing destinations in Montana.

Planning A Missouri River Fly Fishing Trip

This year-round trout fishing destination is always a viable option for anglers fishing in Montana. Wading anglers can easily access and wade the river, but expect challenging conditions when flows exceed 5000 CFS in May and June. Limited lodging options in the area require advanced planning to ensure accommodations between April and July.

Join our staff of experts on our Missouri River day trips or Craig Montana fly fishing vacations for a guided fly fishing trip on this legendary Montana fly fishing river.

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