A guided Fly-Fishing trip on Montana’s “Blue Ribbon” Missouri River should be on every angler’s bucket list.Montana’s Missouri River is regarded as one of the best brown and rainbow trout Tailwater Fisheries in North America.It’s home to a rich and varied insect life, great scenery and a wild trout population that is off the charts.The Fishing can be very technical therefore ‘experience counts” when hiring Missouri River Fly-Fishing Guides.With a combined 50 years of Guiding and Outfitting Experience our Orvis Endorsed Missouri River Montana Fly-Fishing Guides have the know how to ensure you have a great Missouri River Montana Fly-Fishing Trip.
The Rich and varied insect life coupled with the Missouri River’s Tailwater and spring creek like characteristics equate to dependable hatches ,strong growth rates and dependable but challenging Dry Fly fishing.Caddis and Mayflies are in abundance, while faster flowing stretches also are home to various Stoneflies ,Midge hatches in the Spring can also be intense. In the Summer into early Fall Terrestrial fishing can also be very rewarding, especially when large Missouri River Brown Trout crush your Hopper pattern.
Best early season brown trout streamer fishing I have every experience. We had such a great time.
I’ve fished with Dave and his team for years. He always takes good care of us and makes sure we have a good time. Dave had been guiding for over 20 years but still has great excitement for the sport. He will also keep you entertained during slow stretches. He’s a hoot!
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The Missouri River can be described as The World’s Largest Spring Creek!
From the Holter Dam down to the town of Cascade, the River’s population of trout varies from 5000-8000 combined brown and rainbow trout over 10 inches per mile in the upper stretch (Holter Dam to Craig) to 2500 per mile as the river reaches Cascade’s outskirts.The Missouri River Montana Fly-fishing experience is best noted for Spring Creek-style Dry Fly fishing,insane and technical nymphing action and awesome streamer fishing.
Missouri River Fly-Fishing Season
Although the Missouri River fishes year round the timeframe we focus in on is from May thru in to October. The rainbow trout spawn has finished, the fish are out of the winter water and feeding more aggressively and the hatches are strong, providing great dry fly opportunities.
While other rivers can be high and dirty from run-off, due The Missouri River never really does.The dams above The Missouri River Tailwater act as a massive settling pond,although flows increase during run off the Missouri River never blows out from dirty water which is a huge bonus for Fly-Fishers seeking a Missouri River Montana fly-fishing trip in June.
Missouri River Dry Fly Fishing
A big draw to the Missouri River is the outstanding Dry Fly Fishing which The Missouri River is known for.Montana’s Missouri River can be defined as a massive Spring Creek offering Anglers who come to the Missouri River a chance at some great fish on top.The hatches on The Missouri River are intense however Anglers need to be able to cast and present their Missouri River Dry Flies into the Trout’s feeding lane and present it Drag Free.The Best all around Fly-Rod for Dry -Fly Fishing on The Missouri River is a 9Ft 5 wt with a Weight forward Line.
Missouri River Hatches
- Various Caddis
- March Browns
- Brown Drakes
- Golden Stones
Missouri River Nymph Fishing
Our Missouri River Fly-Fishing Guides are very good at getting our Clients into a fish by fishing Nymphs.Nymph fishing is a highly productive way to Fish on any river.Due to the amount of aquatic life found in The Missouri River.Anglers can “rack em up” while Nymph Fishing.The Nymphs we use run the full gauntlet of Aquatic Vertebrae found in the river and include,Mayfly Nymphs,Caddis larvae,Stonefly Nymphs,Scuds,Sow bugs,Back Swimmers,Crane Fly Larvae,Crayfish, Midge Larvae and Aquatic Worms.The two most common ways to Nymph Fish The Missouri River is either with a “deep “rig where Nymphs are fished 4-6 feet underneath a strike indicator usually rigged with two flies and a split shot.The other Nymphing technique that our Missouri River Fly-Fishing Guides like to use is a shallow or light rig.The indicator is smaller compared to the “Deep rig” and can be Yarn or a small Indicator.A Hopper or Large attractor such as a Chubby Chernobyl or Hopper Pattern can also be used.Usually we are fishing water that is 6 inches -24 inches deep with this rig.The most common rods used for Missouri River Nymph Fishing are 9-91/2 Ft 5 &6 weights.
Missouri River Montana Streamer Fishing
Streamer fishing is often over looked on The Missouri River ,however our Missouri River Fly-Fishing Guides love to fish Streamers and love it even more when our clients want “in’ on The Streamer game.For Clients that want to target large Missouri River Brown and Rainbow Trout Streamer fishing is the way to go.
We fish a variety of Streamer Patterns and what we fish is determined by how the Missouri River brown and rainbow trout are reacting to our flies.The Equipment we use for Streamer fishing is usually a 9 ft 7 weight rod with both floating and a 10ft sink tip lines.Our Guides will have all the neccesary Fly-Rods and Missouri River Streamers for your trip.Just let us know that you want to fish streamers on you Missouri River Guided Fly-Fishing Trip.
Missouri River Guides and Outfitters
Our Guided Missouri River Fly -Fishing Trips along with Guided Montana Upland Bird Hunts are ran through Orvis Endorsed Channel & Brown Outfitting Company based out of Cascade Montana.Longtime Missouri River Fly-fishing Guide & Outfitter Lindsey Channel Montana Outfitter #7886 is Co -Owner of Channel & Brown Outfitting Co..Lindsey has over 30 years of Guiding and Outfitting Experience,Lindsey has worked as a Missouri River Fishing Guide and Outfitter for 20 years.Ontop of being a Jedi Missouri River Fly-Fishing Guide and Outfitter Lindsey also Outfits for Trophy Montana Mule and White Tail Deer. Our Client’s enjoy Lindsey’s ability to think outside the box and consistently target Big Missouri River Brown Trout a rare talent that very few Missouri River Fishing Guides possess. Lindsey is extremely patient and an excellent Fly-Fishing Instructor.
Dave Brown Montana Guide License #15117 has been Fly-fishing on Montana’s Missouri River since 1993 and is also a Co-Owner of Channel & Brown Outfitting Co. Dave has held a Montana Fishing Guide License for 10 Years doing most of his Missouri River Montana Guided Fishing Trips during the months of May and June before heading north to run his Orvis Endorsed Guide Service on Alberta’s Bow River for the remainder of the fishing Season.Things have changed for Dave and he will now be spending equal time Guiding on Montana’s Missouri River and The Bow River.Why ? Dave loves the challenges these two rivers bring to the Fly-Fishing table namely big browns and rainbows.Dave loves to coach his Fly-Fishing clients the nuances of streamer fishing and throughly enjoys setting his Clients up for dry fly shots at Missouri River Trout.Like Lindsey, Dave has 25 Years of Outfitter and Guiding Experience.
Missouri River Guided Fly-Fishing Rates
At $650 per day Our Missouri River Fly-Fishing Guide Rates include:
- Boat Rods (if needed)
- Non-Alcoholic Beverages
- Deli Style Lunch
- Transportation to and from the River
- Montana Fishing
Missouri River Montana Lodging
Lodging in and around Montana’s Missouri River varies from hotel and motel rooms to private rental homes.There are lots of options ensuring your Missouri River Fly-Fishing Experience is in line with your budget and comfort level. Contact Us for more details.
Missouri River Ranch
Located upstream of Craig Montana the Missouri River Ranch is an excellent choice for those seeking a western Fly-Fishing Lodge experience. CONTACT US to Book it.
Bob’s Missouri River Fly-Fishing Retreat
Our Friend Bob has a stellar Log Cabin on the Missouri River that sleeps 6 People.See the slide show below.Contact Bob via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Text Bob @ 406-788-2282 For rates and details.
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Missouri River Fly-Fishing Equipment List
- 9ft 5 weight Fly Rod -Dry Flies and Nymphing
- 9ft 6 or 7 WT Rod
- Streamers and Nymph Fishing
- Reels with WF floating Fly Lines
- Spare spool with a 10 ft sink tip for Streamer Rod
- Breathable Waders
- Rain Jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- Polarized Sunglasses
- Wet Wading Gear (if fishing during the Summer )
- Sun Hoodies and/or light weight fishing shirts
- Montana Fishing License