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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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.
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.
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.