About the Missouri River
The 30 mile Blue Ribbon stretch of the
Missouri River begins at Holter Dam, located just outside of Wolf
Creek. Since 1918, this Dam has controlled the water flow of the
Missouri, which has remained steady with no peak power for years.
As a result - the Missouri is a stable and very rich biomass
of aquatic insect and crustacean life, making the river one of
the best tail-water fisheries in the West. Trout populations average
2,500 to 4,000 fish per mile, the majority of which are sized
between 13-20", although 20-23" trout aren't unusual. A few Browns
over 10 lb. are taken yearly.
Why it's so unique
hatches and rising trout are the Missouri's claim to fame. Aside
from the excellent nymph and streamer fishing, the Missouri is
one of the greatest Dry-Fly, "Match the Hatch" rivers to fish.
Though large, much of the Missouri is shallow and wadeable, which
makes this an ideal river for both float and wade fishing. It's
beautiful scenery boasts clear water, rocky mountainous terrain
and an abundance of wildlife. Here is a rundown of the typical
Missouri River fishing season:
March - early April: Waters are warming, and the Rainbows
head up tributaries to spawn. An excellent time to catch big Browns
on streamers, pink scuds, beadhead nymphs, cressbugs and the like
work well too. Some fish rising to midges.
Late April - May: Streamers & Nymphs still producing some
larger Browns. Baetis hatches begin, mixed with midges. Some very
good dry fly days just before run-off.
June - early July: Traditionally the high water period
on the Missouri and mountain rivers. Waters are clear, but less
productive for fly fisherman when volumes are high. In low water
years, excellent fishing continues with Baetis and Midges. Starting
around the third week of June, PMD's and caddis begin hatching
in force. When the water is low, this is great fishing. Call for
river updates. There are excellent lake options nearby with big
trout. We also fish other regional rivers at this time, including
the upper Big Hole.
July - August: This
is the prime dry fly season. PMD's and caddis boom through July
into August. Tricos kick in from mid-July on. Damsel flies add
an unusual twist in the heat of the summer. The hot weather period
of late August - early September can slow fishing a bit, as it
does on most of Montana's rivers, but this is when the Hopper
fishing really turns on.
October - November: Prime fishing on the Missouri with
exceptional dry fly fishing. Baetis, midges and caddis keep the
fish rising. The fall Baetis fishing is among the very best of
the year. Nymphs and streamers produce well also. After late summer's
heat, the trout reinvigorate, coming on strong to cooling water.
Rising fish are less picky at this time and a few BIG browns are
caught each fall in the 25-30" class. Duck and upland bird hunting
starts with great hunting on the river and in the vicinity.
Click Here to see the Big Missouri River Map.
Up to Date Hatch Information
The season is here and is booking fast, so to ensure your choice dates and guides contact us soon. Dan kelly and his guides look forward to fishing with you this season.
Cell Phone: (406) 949-9000
Wolf Creek Outfitters
P.O. Box 222
Wolf Creek, Montana 59648