Missouri River Ranch Fly Fishing Report

May 4th, 2022

The Missouri River is legendary even by Montana standards. With trout averaging 18 inches, and fish counts regularly exceeding 6,000 per mile, it’s easy to see why the Missouri is considered one of the greatest fisheries in the Western United States.
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The Best Fly Fishing in Montana:
There's a reason why fly fishing guides from Livingston, Bozeman and Missoula are hauling it to Craig right now. Hands down, the Missouri River is the best fly fishing Montana has to offer in May, and this Spring. Consistent flows and large fish are currently found all throughout the river. It's not uncommon for anglers to land 30+ fish per day this time of year. Come experience the magic of the Missouri River!
Fly Fishing Update:
We can't say it enough. The Missouri is the best fly fishing in Montana. No other river is fishing as hot right now. Our last few groups of experienced anglers have been seeing non-stop action, with some of the best dry fly fishing in the country.
The Blue Wing Olive hatch is so thick, that they cover an angler from head-to-toe at certain times of the day. While the wind and river eddies create difficult presentations, anglers have been rewarded with 20+ inch trout sipping dries. 

Nymph fishing has gone from a solid option, to rocket-hot. There are fish all over the rivers. On the banks? Yes. In the deeper water? Absolutely. Tail-outs of riffles? Hold on tight to your rod. Fish are all over the water column, and regularly taking frenchies, sow bugs, scuds, and baetis nymphs. If you're not sure where to start, "short-leasing" is always an excellent option.

Streamer fishing is producing when good cloud cover presents itself. Anglers have been utilizing Flash N' Grab patterns to great success in slower, deeper pools. 

The season is filling up incredibly fast. We have a few availabilities left for prime dates in June, as well as hopper fishing dates in August.

Drop us a line and we hope to see you soon! 

Missouri River Ranch
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160 Acres on a Private Stretch of the Missouri River
Craig, Montana
Missouri River Ranch Website
Phone: 406-206-6989 
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Wolf Creek, MT 59648 USA

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