you are after big browns, this is the time of year. After a long
hard winter the water temperatures start to warm up into the 50's,
the rainbows are getting ready to spawn, and the brown trout become
extremely aggressive. Be prepared for unpredictable weather - rain,
sleet, snow, and sunshine, but the midges and blue winged olives
will be hatching, offering the first good dry fly fishing of the
year. The browns spawn in the fall and go all winter without eating
much. These fish love to fill their gut with anything, and streamers
are the ticket. The last four years the biggest brown has been caught
on streamers in April.
May the weather can still be a little on the cool side of things.
Spring is in the air and the midge and blue winged olives are in
full force. Most of our rainbows are spawning in the tributaries,
but the ones still in the Missouri are eating anything in sight.
The streamer fishing is still great for the big browns. What more
could anyone ask for but uneducated fish and no crowds on the river.
is a very good month to catch a lot of fish. The rainbows have returned
from spawning and are trying to fatten back up from all their hard
work. June is when our water levels will vary the most. The spring
run off will make fishing a challenge. The fish hold tight to the
banks and in the back eddies. Nymphing and streamers produce a lot
of fish while we wait for the bugs to come off so we can throw the
dry flies. Midges, blue wings, beatis, and caddis will be hatching.
weather in July is usually very warm. The waders come off and the
Teva sandals are put on. Caddis and PMD's will work the water all
day long. Fish will rise through out the day ... this is a dry fly
is the peak of the summer. Warm weather and water temperatures in
the 60's. This is when our tricos come out. Every morning, funnel
clouds of tricos look like smoke lining the banks of the Mighty
Mo. The grasshoppers are in full force and the fishing can't get
go back to school and so do most of the summer crowds. You can fish
many different patterns - tricos, midges, blue winged olives, caddis,
beatis, hoppers, and October caddis. The fish are fat and strong.
They are still eager to eat and the fight is incredible. As the
leaves start to change colors and the days get shorter these fish
know they have to fatten up for another Montana winter, which means
is upon us and the browns are getting ready to spawn. There is nothing
prettier than a brown trout in full spawning colors. These fish
will eat streamers as well as the occasional dry fly. The rainbows
are eating the last of the big bug hatches before winter sets in.
Beatis, blue wings, caddis, and midges will be on the water most
of the day. Our weather is much like April, cool and unpredictable.