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Missouri River Fly Fishing Report
May 13, 2018
Good news (for now).
Mother Nature's cooler and drier conditions eased some stress on the Missouri River Headwaters. Inflows stabilized and headed downward a little.
Temperatures in the upper 70's to low 80's over the next couple of days promises to melt a significant chunk of snow and send the inflows upwards once again. No worries. Inflow increases look threatening, but the cushion provided by our flood control pool, Canyon Ferry Lake, prevents any material flow change below Holter Dam. Canyon Ferry's 14' buffer zone keeps good fishing in play.
Both the Dearborn River and Little Prickly Pear Creek's flows declined with a positive impact. Much cleaner conditions greeted Missouri River Anglers. Anglers of all ages grinned at the quantity and size of fish they caught.
Bugs: Boat loads of Midges and Blue Winged Olives with a few March Browns and Stoneflies mixed in.
Angling Success: Good and Improving. Big fish like Baetis nymphs, sow bugs. the worm and scuds.
Traffic: Moderate - focused on the upper river, but stretching all the way to Cascade
Spring runoff prevents angling success nearly every where else in Montana. The Missouri appears Mighty and requires a guide or boat. Carefully approach the river and smile to the camera.
Cooler temperatures return mid-week. Small creeks open to fishing May 19. Cross your fingers. The Dearborn River could come into shape for the opener.
Craig Caddis Festival: May 19.