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Missouri River Fishing Report 5/1/2021

Date: 05/01/2021

Current Conditions

The Missouri River is fishing pretty good especially around the Craig area. Nymphing has been best with your typical Springtime flies, Hot bead Sowbugs, scuds, Pheasant Tails, BWOs, Worms, Zebra Midges, Lightning bugs, and crayfish. Streamer fishing has been hit or miss but it is always worth a shop. Fish a Black Double Gonga, JJ Special, or White Mini Peanut Envy. With the blue wings hatching, watch the edges of the river carefully for heads. Fish a 9ft. 5x leader to a size #18 BWO cripple for the best topwater success.



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.

    Mar. 29 - 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, call 406-586-2188 to make a reservation
    Covid-19 Plan

    Flows

    3710 CFS
    On 2021-5-1

    Streamflow

    Missouri River Fishing Report 5/1/2021 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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    Montana Fly Fishing Packages

    Fins & Feathers of Bozeman’s Montana fly fishing packages offer convenience and value by bundling our guided services together with several lodging options in Bozeman. Check out the example pricing based on double occupancy in the rooms and with a guide.Call our Bozeman fly shop at 877-790-5303 or contact us to make a reservation and confirm availability.

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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.

    For Yellowstone River Shuttles Contact:

    CrossCurrents Fly Shop: (406) 235-3433
    Headhunters Fly Shop: (406) 235-3447


    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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