Missouri River Fishing Report October 15, 2020 - Fins & Feathers
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Missouri River Fishing Report 10/15/20

Date: 10/15/2020

Current Conditions

Finally cool weather in the Craig area. The baetis got the memo as have the trout. Cool and calm days will produce excellent BWO action in the late morning and the evenings. Pretty standard to Montana, Fall never really happened and there is already some snow in Craig. Nymphing a crayfish, natural Baetis, midges, and sowbug/scud imitations, have been picking up fish. Streamer fishing has been good with heavy streamers that imitate large crayfish or leeches. Olive and white are also good colors this time of year. Flashy patterns like a copper Kreelex or RIO's precious metal produce fish consistently. Make sure you have BWO patterns in multiple stages, i.e. (nymph, emerger, spinner, etc.). The BWOs can provide for some fun and technical dry fly fishing. Fish long and light leaders, a 12ft 5x leader is a good size to start fishing this small mayfly.

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    Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Missouri River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides.

    Flows

    3390 CFS
    On 2020-10-15

    Streamflow

    Missouri River Fishing Report 10/15/20 Streamflow

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    Missouri River Overview

    The Missouri River is formed with the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers near Three Forks, Montana. The blue-ribbon stretches of the river are generally considered downstream in the “tail-water” sections, which are formed below several reservoirs. The best trout fishing section of the Missouri River is the stretch of river downstream from Holter Lake that our guides fish in the spring and early summer. Closer to Bozeman is the stretch of the Missouri River around Toston Reservoir which is a great mid-summer Carp destination that also holds a few large trout seasonally.

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    Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Missouri River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides.

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