Flows below Holter Dam: 3880 c.f.s
It’s definitely spring here in central Montana. Rain, snow, wind, sleet, sunshine, the whole gamut of weather is upon us as we push further into the season. With the weather as unpredictable as it can be this time of year it’s time to be prepared when you hit the water. I’m not just talking about foul weather gear, sunscreen, toddies and cold beer I’m talking flies and fishing technique. More than one way to
skin a cat land a fish on the MO this time of year. Let’s break it down….
Little Blackfoot River @ Garrison: 245 c.f.s
Blackfoot River near Helmville: 528 c.f.s
Rock Creek @ Clinton: 710 c.f.s
The Missouri is fishing great, if you haven’t heard your friends bragging about it or you haven’t been out lately you know now. But I’m tired of the MO for the time being so I’m switching it up, grabbing the 3 wt., some big fuzzies, a few leggy, handful of flashy and finding some smaller water Continue reading
“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us…” John Muir
Its taken me a while to put words to how I feel the way I do about fly fishing. I’ve never had a concise answer to any of my friends who don’t fish as to why I invest so much of my time and money to drive shitty dirt roads to rivers, stand there for hours on end, wave a stick around, maybe catch a fish, let it go if I do and drive back. Even if I’m investing a few days or more into this endeavor, the concept is alien to them. I really don’t expect them to understand. However after this last weekend spent with a good friend on an incredible stretch of water I think I know what I can tell them next time they ask. Continue reading
New Craig shop staff member Stephen with his inaugural MO River Rainbow.
Flows below Holter Dam: 4,030 c.f.s. (Normally 4,820 c.f.s.)
Lots of smiling faces and exaggerated fishing stories at Joe’s Craig Bar this weekend. With the warm weather and
awesome obscene amounts of wind on the MO this weekend we still saw a lot of folks hitting the water and welcoming the spring by drowning some bugs and getting lots of fish to hand. Nymphing and hucking the bigger stuff is still your best bet for now that is until the wind decides to give us a break. However lots of talk of fish on the surface when the wind dies down even for a few minutes or isn’t screaming so much you can’t hear yourself think, sort of like my ex; just like her, when the wind leaves I wont miss her.
In 1974, Montana did something that stunned anglers across the state and the nation: it stopped stocking trout in streams and rivers that supported wild trout populations. After decades of use and millions of dollars invested, hatchery production was not helping, and in fact was the leading cause of the collapse of the fishery. Continue reading