Missouri River - Below Holter Dam

Tip of the week 

For numbers, a pair of nymphs below an indicator (see our Tip of the Week below) will get it done well. Spring has sprung so the ol' Worm, Pink Lightning Bug, Firebeads, Midges are doing well. There are some rising fish on Midges but they are hard to predict or plan for -just consider it a bonus when you're there and noses show with any consistency. We are starting to see a few BWOs coming off the water and have begun incorporating baetis nymphs into the arsenal while keeping our fingers crossed that the dry fishing picks up soon. In Spring, we LOVE streamers -either stripping or swinging. If you're drifting, stripping is good. If you're on foot, then we would recommend a 2-hand rod and enjoy some swing time!

Seven-day forecast 

There are still the occasional snowfalls in the higher elevations, which is good because we need them to keep coming in order for our rivers to stay full when the melt-off begins. Cool temps from the evening are carrying over into the mornings as the warmer Spring weather is starting to move in bringing the occasional rain shower. These are perfect conditions to get out on the river and fish for these eager and hungry Missouri River fish!

Sign up for on of our Fly Fishing Schools this Spring & Summer in our Helena shop. Call or stop by our Downtown Helena Store for more info or to put your name down for a class! 406-449-2292. Please click on the "Reported by" link at the top of this page to read more about all our classes & schools and for live weather links.

Open Tying every Saturday in our downtown Helena shop! Come on down, bring a vise (or demo a new one) and hang out, shoot the breeze, twist up a few flies -we'll show you some cool patterns, drink some delicious Firetower Coffee Roasters coffee and snack on sweet treats that Larry "The Urban Legend" provides! It's a good time!

Must Have Flies 
TH Zebra Midge Black, Red, Olive #16-#20 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head American Pheasant Tail #16-#18 Buy from Orvis.com
Lightning Bug Purple, Pink, Silver #14-#18 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head Flash Zonker Black, Olive, Brown, #6-#8 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Olive, Brown, Orange #6-#8 Buy from Orvis.com
Griffith's Gnat #16-#20 Buy from Orvis.com
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