Fishing Reports

2 reports total
Missouri River - July 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Record flows coming out of Holter earlier this month, even this week, are dropping to be sure.  Yeehaw!  Back to very reasonable 13,500 CFS it's still higher than what most think of as 'normal'.   The river has been producing though! Fishing the MO on the drop can be some very good. Once the fish see the ceiling drop, they have been known to put the feed bags on. 7-9 ft from Indy to split shot and running an AB (vs a 3/0?  we'll take it!) and using olive crayfish, rubber buggers, as wll as brown buggers as the front fly and  smaller PMD and Caddis style stuff, along with Sally nymphs has been deadly. And, yes, finally, there has been more and more fish eating on top. You heard right! DRY FLIES. *sigh of relief* Caddis, Sallies, and PMDs are out in abundance and the noses are breaking the tension. This along with a drop in flows could result in some silly  fishing.

Look for fishing to continue to be good to great as this tailwater continues to drop in flows.

 
Missouri River - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Mighy MO sure is mighty right now. With record flows coming out of Holter many of us have been spending a ton of time getting to know this changing tailwater. The river has been producing though! Flows our of Canyon Ferry are now less than what is being released from Holter so we can expect the water to start receding soon. Fishing the MO on the drop can be some of the best trout fishing in the world. Once the fish see the ceiling drop, they have been known to put the feed bags on. Earlier in June the 12' Leader with a kitchen sink weight and two worms was the name of the game. Now we're fishing just as deep but with Cray imitations, smaller PMD and Caddis style stuff, along with Sally nymphs. BUT once the sun gets off the water, the fish have been eating on top. You heard right! DRY FLIES. *sigh of relief* Caddis, Sallies, and Drakes are out in abundance and the noses are breaking the tension. This along with a drop in flows could result in some silly dry fly fishing.

Even though we're all the way in Paradise Valley, we are still regularly doing day trips to the MO. It's a drive but can definitely be worth it. Call us for more MO details!  406.333.4401