Missouri River Fishing Report 8.22.15


Cool mornings, mild days and very little crowds so far this weekend here in Craig, my question to all you folks kicking back at home is pretty simple; what in the hell are you thinking? Yea fishing can be challenging this time of year but things are starting to turn around as we hit the latter end of August. Nice rain shower last night put down the smoke and its sounds like it should stay clear for the rest of the weekend. Weather is looking good for the upcoming week as well, a few warmer days at the beginning of the week with things leveling out by Wednesday & Thursday. Now let’s get to the goods…. Continue reading

Strainer gets Interviewed by Tom Rosenbauer for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by my long time friend, Tom Rosenbauer, for his awesome podcasts he hosts and produces, The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.  Tom and I “sat down” to talk about fishing the MO and other waters in Montana in the busy and “dog days” of summer.  It was a lot of fun talking about the subjects I love -fly fishing, the MO, “other” waters and shop stuff.


Tom is a great interviewer and I think we touched on subjects that many people will find informative and helpful in their own adventures to the MO and beyond.  Check out this and the other podcasts that Tom produces.  I think you’ll find Tom as legit as they get as a fly angler.  It’s easy to subscribe to his podcast in iTunes -Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.  You can also listen to single episodes on feedburner -Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast.

Check out my Podcast Interview on the Orvis News:

Podcast: Lessons from the Missouri River with Chris Strainer

Hoot Owl Restrictions Update: Bye Bye Blackfoot Edition


Father’s Day Blackfoot Cutthroat

Updates from the F.W.P Offices concerning several rivers in Central and Western Montana. Some rivers dropping off the list, several being added. Here’s the most up to date list of rivers under hoot owl from Fish Wildlife & Parks. Rivers listed in BOLD have just been added and the restrictions are in effect starting TODAY, which still means No Fishing From 2 p.m to Midnight….

Western District Rivers:

  • Bitterroot River, entire length excluding the East & West Forks
  • Clark Fork River, headwaters to confluence with the Flathead River
  • Flint Creek, from the Highway 1 bridge at mile marker 53 to the confluence with the Clark Fork River
  • Silver Bow Creek, from  the confluence with Warm Springs Creek (near Warm Springs) to the confluence with Blacktail Creek
  • Blackfoot River, entire length of the main stem
  • Tributaries of the Blackfoot River: North Fork below the falls, Morrell Creek, Gold Creek, Belmont Creek, Copper Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Monture Creek & The Landers Fork of the Blackfoot

Central District Rivers:

  • Ruby River from Duncan District Road to confluence with the Beaverhead River
  • Shields River from its mouth upstream to its confluence with Smith Creek
  • Lower Madison River from Ennis Dam to the Missouri River Headwaters
  • Lower Gallatin River from its confluence with the Madison River at Three Forks upstream to Sheds Bridge (Hwy 84) near Four Corners
  • East Gallatin River from its origin (at the confluence of Rocky Creek and Bear Creek) to its confluence with the West Gallatin River

However F.W.P  released a statement this morning regarding a few rivers in Central Montana; longer nights, cooler air temperatures and some much-needed rain have brought down the water temperature of several southwest Montana river systems. Therefore, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted the angling restrictions on the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Jefferson rivers effective Thursday.

~Cheers, Chewy

Montucky Tales


Montana Gold

Montana is a place. Wild. Vast. Beautiful. Most importantly it is plum full of trout. Here at the Craig shop most of our off time is spent drinking beer and fishing for the non-natives, browns and rainbows on the MO. Occasionally, the team members will go for back country excursions in search of the native trouts of Montana. When we return we tell the tales. Honestly, most of the tales are not true. This might be one of those tales, but maybe, it isn’t. Continue reading