Are you an experienced angler that needs to be challenged? Look no further, this is the place to test your skills! The stretch of the Missouri from Tonston to Townsend, MT, has very calm moving water with large spooky rainbows and browns, requiring long accurate casts delivered smoothly. To give you an idea of how spooky these fish can be, if an angler slaps the water with the line or is dancing the two-step in the boat while casting, the fish are not going to hang around. The payoff can be large, however. Using mostly dry flies, rainbows and browns will average 20 plus inches. Did I mention Carp? Yes, the Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) is a wild species introduced from Eurasia into Montana's rivers and lakes. Taking a carp on the fly is as challenging, if not more so, than taking a trout. Carp are becoming increasingly sought after with the fly, and for good reason. Most carp in the "Mighty Mo" average 8 pounds and know how to use that weight to their advantage.
If the name "Land of the Giants" does not get you excited, then maybe the 28 inch brown pictured to the right will! As one of a select few licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captains, Captain Nate Stevane offers a special Jet Boat trip on the Missouri River. The jet boat is set up like a drift boat with oars, anchors and knee locks, and is used to motor up river to areas where you cannot launch a drift boat, and then float back down. The Missouri is very large, and walk-n-wading from the bank limits your area to fish, not to mention the difficulty of trying to land a "Giant" that runs out into the current. Using the boat we can chase large fish if needed, and bring them to net. Jet Boat fishing is recommended in late April and May, mid-October into mid-November. This trip is a must!
Holter Dam to Cascade is considered the Blue Ribbon section, known for incredible Trico hatches from late July to early September. PMD's , Baetis, caddis and midges are other well-known hatches to keep an eye out for when fishing the "Might Mo." 5x and 6x tippit are not uncommon when trying to match these hatches, and for the extremely wary fish 7x might be needed. Floating in a drift boat is recommended for this section. Guided trips from Holter Dam to Cascade have a two day minimum. At Trout On The Fly we are happy to help you find accommodations, but lodging is not included in the price of the trip.