Missouri River Fly Fishing

Brown and Rainbow Trout

Missouri River Flows

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The Missouri River:

The Missouri River is the longest river in North America. It flows 2,341 miles before joining the Mississippi River, but for all intents and purposes we’re concerned with the 50 mile stretch below Holter Dam. At times, this stretch is called Montana’s largest spring creek, but rather, the tail water flows mimic the prime conditions of a spring creek. Water flows at a fairly consistent temperature, compared to our local free-stone rivers and boasts good clarity year-round. Due to these conditions the fish grow at a staggering rate, and at times it seems there aren’t any small fish to be found! Due to the abundant aquatic insects the number of trout below the dam is an estimated 16,000 fish per mile!  That makes for some excellent Missouri River fly fishing opportunities.

Missouri River Fly Fishing

While this is a big, wide river, and possibly not as intimate as our rivers in Missoula, it is a great addition to what we are able to offer while fishing with Clear Creek Outfitters for a couple of reasons.

  1. We can head there for the day when our local rivers are blown out.
  2. It adds to the extensive variety of fishing we are able to offer.

The Missouri has all three types of trout: rainbow, cutthroat and brown. The upper-end of the river consists of a predominately rainbow trout population and the lower-end, near Cascade switches to a population comprised of predominately brown trout. The average size fish on the Missouri, is 18-inhes, while moving further downstream quantities are lower, but chance of catching larger fish (20-inch and larger), increases.

Missouri River Fly Fishing

Depending on time of year we typically use all techniques on this river: nymph fishing, dry fly fishing, and streamer. * The Missouri trip requires a nominal surcharge of $50 due to extra driving. This can be a long day, with a couple of travel hours added on both ends but provides the opportunity to see some of Montana’s beautiful country. The tributaries of the Missouri River include: Jefferson, Dearborn, Sun, Marias, Milk, James, Big Sioux, Grand, Chariton, Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone, Little Missouri, Cheyenne, White, Niobrara, Platte, Kansas, Osage, Gasonade

Missouri River Flows:
Maximum: 750,000 CFS (cubic feet per second)
Minimum: 602  CFS

River Source:Primary source is Hell Roaring Creek a tributary of the Jefferson, Secondary source is Firehole River a tributary of the Madison River

River Mouth: Mississippi River Spanish Lake near St. Louis, Missouri

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Missouri River Flows

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I floated with Doug Jones & Clear Creek Outfitters this June (2013) on the Clark River below Missoula as well as the Missouri River out of Craig, MT. To say it was a complete pleasure would be an understatement. Doug has a pleasing, easy style on the water as well as expert knowledge of all waters in the area. He put us onto fish but more than that, he knows how to quietly row and steady the boat making for perfect long drifts with a dry fly. He was prompt picking us up in the morning, comfortable ride to the water, provided a great lunch, tied on the perfect flies for us and expertly landed our biggest fish.
Trust me.. I know.. If you want to float the Blackfoot, the Bitterroot, Clark or Missouri, contact Doug, you won't be disappointed.

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