Missouri River - Below Holter Dam

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Nymphing in 2'-6' of water will get you into fish -lots of fish! Mayfly nymphs such as spit case PMD, Micro May, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Pink Lightning Bug, Love Bug or Little Green Machine split shot above your bug. Weight flies and sparkle pupa have been working for caddis nymphs. Our Thingamaleader Butt Sections make rigging this super easy.

The dry fly fishing has been slowing down and there are very few PMDs. The fish are focusing more on tricos. The best way to fish dries on the Missouri is with a 9-14 foot leader and size 16-20 flies. We are seeing tricos in the mornings when the spinners fall a good way to fish tricos is a cluster midge with a drowned trico or black green machine dropped off the back. The smaller size 16-20 flies and 5x-6x are taking more fish. Prospecting for fish using hoppers has been picking upa few fish here and there so using a purple hopper and trailing a nymph along the banks or over risers will pick up a few fish.

Seven-day forecast 

This week high temps are staying between the high 80's and low 90s. Expect sunny conditions for the rest of the week. Have a dry fly rod ready to go when wading and floating for when you see those heads! Mid day fishing has been challenging so get out in the early morning or evenings.

You can always see live weather and streamflows on our website at www.crosscurrents.com. Also, please feel free to call us for an up-to-the-second fishing and weather report. Helena- 406-449-2292, Craig- 406-235-3433.

Conditions 
Must Have Flies 
CDC Caddis Tan/Brown #14-#16 Buy from Orvis.com
Indicator Spinner - Trico #18-#22 Buy from Orvis.com
Rusty Spinner #16-#20 Buy from Orvis.com
Flying Ant Cinnamon/Honey #16-#18 Buy from Orvis.com
Smith's Crippled Emerger #14-#20 Buy from Orvis.com
Tunghead Pheasant Tail #16-#20 Buy from Orvis.com
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