When to plan your trip
If you are after big browns, this is the time of year. After a long hard winter the water temperatures start to warm up into the 50's, the rainbows are getting ready to spawn, and the brown trout become extremely aggressive. Be prepared for unpredictable weather - rain, sleet, snow, and sunshine, but the midges and blue winged olives will be hatching, offering the first good dry fly fishing of the year. The browns spawn in the fall and go all winter without eating much. These fish love to fill their gut with anything, and streamers are the ticket.
In May the weather can still be a little on the cool side of things. Spring is in the air and the midge and blue winged olives are in full force. Most of our rainbows are spawning in the tributaries, but the ones still in the Missouri are eating anything in sight. The streamer fishing is still great for the big browns. What more could anyone ask for but uneducated fish and no crowds on the river.
June is a very good month to catch a lot of fish. The rainbows have returned from spawning and are trying to fatten back up from all their hard work. June is when our water levels will vary the most. The spring run off will make fishing a challenge. The fish hold tight to the banks and in the back eddies. Nymphing and streamers produce a lot of fish while we wait for the bugs to come off so we can throw the dry flies. Midges, blue wings, beatis, and caddis will be hatching.
Our weather in July is usually very warm. The waders come off and the Teva sandals are put on. Caddis and PMD's will work the water all day long. Fish will rise through out the day ... this is a dry fly fisherman's paradise.
This is the peak of the summer. Warm weather and water temperatures in the 60's. This is when our tricos come out. Every morning, funnel clouds of tricos look like smoke lining the banks of the Mighty Mo. The grasshoppers are in full force and the fishing can't get any better.
Kids go back to school and so do most of the summer crowds. You can fish many different patterns - tricos, midges, blue winged olives, caddis, beatis, hoppers, and October caddis. The fish are fat and strong. They are still eager to eat and the fight is incredible. As the leaves start to change colors and the days get shorter these fish know they have to fatten up for another Montana winter, which means great fishing.
Fall is upon us and the browns are getting ready to spawn. There is nothing prettier than a brown trout in full spawning colors. These fish will eat streamers as well as the occasional dry fly. The rainbows are eating the last of the big bug hatches before winter sets in. Beatis, blue wings, caddis, and midges will be on the water most of the day. Our weather is much like April, cool and unpredictable.
We welcome all anglers for the winter season. Relax by the cozy fireside with a hot beverage and enjoy the pristine wintry scenery while you await tomorrow's bite. Lodging is open for all winter activities as well.