Missouri River Fishing Report February 22, 2021 - Fins & Feathers
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Missouri River Fishing Report 2/22/2021

Date: 02/22/2021

Current Conditions

The Missouri River will be one of the better options right now with slightly warmer air temperatures than the Bozeman area. Expect high winds today and tomorrow but pretty good fishing when things mellow out. The best fishing will be found just below Holter Dam. Nymphing is the most effective method right now, with San Juan worms, Sowbugs/scuds, Zebra Midges, Green Machines, Lightning bugs, and Pill Poppers. Pink and black are always good colors on the Mo' in the Winter. Fish are stacked in the deep and slow runs right now so work these areas thoroughly. Still worth swinging flies if you are into the 2-hander game.

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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.

    Feb. 24 - 2021

    • Face coverings are mandatory (Gallatin County Health Dept. Mandate)
    • Please use hand sanitizer upon entering the store
    • In-store license sales will be available 3/1/21 (buy online at fwp.mt.gov in the meantime)
    • Private shopping is available in 30-minute time-slots, book online for free.
    Covid-19 Plan

    Flows

    3330 CFS
    On 2021-2-22

    Streamflow

    Missouri River Fishing Report 2/22/2021 Streamflow

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    Half-Day Guided Trip

    Looking for a quick introduction to fly fishing or only have a few hours to get out on the water with one of our fly fishing guides? A half-day float on the lower Madison is likely to be the perfect choice.

    • Half-Day Trips Are 3-4 Hours in Duration
    • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
    • Half-Day Float Trips On The Lower Madison River Only
    • Ideal For Families With Small Children (6+ Years Old)
    • Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
    • COVID-19 Operation Plan
    • We are requiring that guests drive in separate vehicles to and from the river at this time.
    • Limited Availability from Nov. 1 - March 15 ; e-mail us for availability.
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    Special Rates

    Summertime full day trips on the lower Madison include early start times but still give a typical full day experience. These are great options for people with afternoon or early evening plans.

    • Typical Start Time Between 5-6 AM
    • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
    • Float Trip Option Only
    • Trip Ends Between Noon and 2 PM
    • Available July 15 - August 31
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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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    CrossCurrents Fly Shop: (406) 235-3433
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    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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