The pursuit of great fishing is often about choices.
The Missouri River is never a bad choice. It is a big tailwater, known for its prolific hatches and 7,000-8,000 trout per mile. For dry fly enthusiasts, it is arguably the best dry fly fishery in the world.
The historic Blackfoot River boasts large populations of native West Slope Cutthroat trout. The Big Blackfoot meanders through one of the last truly undeveloped valleys in Montana. Don’t forget to look up once in awhile…
In addition to our bread-and-butter go-to rivers, PRO fishes the Bitterroot, Clark Fork, the North Fork of the Blackfoot and many lesser known rivers and streams throughout the west.
If your goal is to get off the grid, don’t hesitate to ask about some of our more off the beaten path fisheries.
$550/boat (one or two anglers)
Includes lunch, guided service, and fishing gear. Does not include fishing licenses, transportation, or a gratuity if you are so inclined.
Day trips must be paid in full at the time your trip is booked. Your payment will be refunded, less a $150/boat fee, if trip is cancelled 14 days prior to scheduled date. If cancelled within 14 days of trip, payment is non-refundable.
Day trips can be booked on either the Missouri River or the Blackfoot River. We can accommodate on availability basis and for an additional rod fee fishing on private spring creeks. If you are fishing the Missouri with us – you will meet your guide in Craig, MT at Cross Currents Fly Shop. If you are spending the day with us on the Blackfoot – you will meet your guide at the Blackfoot Angler Fly Shop in Ovando, MT.
If you get lost, or need any help – please call:
800-858-3497 or 406-439-4343 (cell)
The hatches are diverse and plentiful, dominated by various mayfly, stonefly and midge hatches; dry fly fishing can be quite good in the heat of the day. Insects are generally smaller, some exceptions. Fish are very active and hungry so streamer and nymph fishing are always an option. Water usually clear and cold.
Larger insects across the board dominated by the Salmon Fly and the Golden Stone. Many mayfly hatches with the Baetis still going on but many more larger bodied mayflies including the Pale Morning Dunn (PMD). Caddis just beginning. Water usually cold and off-color which concentrates the trout along banks and in slower water. Trout often feed heavily this time of year.
The second most predictable time of the year in this drainage. Aquatic hatches are dominated by the mid-sized tan caddis and PMDs size #14 to #18, terrestrials are often a dominant food source for trout.
Morning and evening hatches. During mid-day large terrestrials or attractor patterns often work well. Caddis and PMDs are still dominant aquatic hatches.
The most predictable time of the year, dominated by dry weather, comfortable temperatures during the day, cool nights, cool, clear water and consistent hatches. Aquatic insects begin to get smaller but the big, old hoppers still work.
Baetis and October Caddis dominant. Larger brown trout very active and more accessible, weather cooler with more moisture. A beautiful time of year.
Rainbows spawning with many in the tributaries from Holter Dam to Cascade, small mayflies and midges, streamers; river above Canyon Ferry Lake can have some great early streamer fishing for rainbows.
Water cold; numerous caddis and mayfly hatches but often nymph or streamer fishing best.
Water Temperature and level are excellent for dry fly fishing; lots of caddis, hoppers, tricos start in mid to late July.
Very predictable, heavy trico hatch which tapers off in late August; hopper; water sometimes quite warm in late August which creates slow fishing in the afternoons.
A wonderful time of year to be on the Missouri or for that matter, almost any stream in Montana; blue-winged olives, hoppers, and streamers.
The most dominant hatch are these two times of year are Montana River Guides. They are terrestrial but seem to migrate in the water en masse with a frenzy bordering on the humorous. Human angles are advised to be aware of aggressive and unpredictable nature of the organisms populating rivers in later fall and early spring in Montana.