The “Mighty Mo” provides some fantastic fishing – and often times the best fishing is when our other rivers are running to fast and high. In several of our “hot spots” of the Missouri River, it is hard to even catch a trout under 18 inches! Clear Creek Outfitters can give you a real experience with our Missouri River Fly Fishing Guided Trips.
We spent two days with Doug on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot West Fork. This guy knows the rivers and he is very good with weekend fisherman who enjoy the sport but are far from experts. Hiring a good guide makes all the difference for a successful fishing experience. He has the boat, the truck, all the tackle, and above all the knowledge of where to go and how to fish the many rivers in the Missoula area. He is a real pleasure to spend time with as well.
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Missouri River Fly Fishing Guides
Missouri River Fly Fishing Trips are VERY UNIQUE!
The Missouri River is an important river to us for several reasons. For one, it adds variety to what we are able to offer for Montana Fly fishing. More importantly, we’re able to use this tail-water fishery when our local streams are blown out due to the melting snow-pack. Another reason to take the opportunity to travel over to the Missouri River is not only the scenic drive, but the opportunity to catch larger fish on average. The numbers on the upper stretch approach 16,000 fish per mile. This is one of the largest rivers in Montana and also has some of the highest fishing pressure. So, if the size of the fish is more important to you than solitude and a more intimate river, then the Missouri River would be a great option.
We tend to fish this stream spring, early summer and late fall. We tend to avoid The Missouri in late summer due to an increase in algae bloom, which is a result of low flows and warmer temps. The algae bloom affects the nymph fishing and increases the challenge of landing a fish without the extra salad on the line.
For the most part, there are 4 full-day floats that we offer on the Missouri River. Since it involves a 2 hour drive both there and back, it makes for a long day but is well worth the extra time.
The Missouri River is often referred to as the largest spring creek in Montana. Since it is a tail-water, the clarity remains good year round and doesn’t fluctuate nearly as much as some of the other rivers in the state. Due to this clarity, and the increased angler pressure, the fish can sometimes be a little more wary and require a little more stealth. Not only do we fish many different techniques but we also have our own special variants on each type. As a result of many years of fishing on this river, the Clear Creek Outfitters fishing guides have developed some special techniques that can be most helpful in fooling an “educated” trout.
If you want to specifically fish the Missouri River please call us to discuss dates and availability. If you are interested in fly-fishing the Missouri River please contact us about the dates you would like to visit, and we can make some great recommendations based on our extensive experience and your individual fly-fishing goals. Certain rivers afford different opportunities to anglers based upon their level of expertise, so please be honest about your abilities; we want to make sure you have the best experience possible!
Clear Creek Outfitters are very experienced Missouri River Fly Fishing Guides
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