The Missouri River

The Missouri River below Holter Dam has been called the world’s largest spring creek and is the most famous section of the Missouri. Holter Dam releases consistent flows from the bottom of the lake year-round creating an environment of ideal trout habitat. The best method for fishing the large river is by drift boat.

Water Details

    Best Time to Fly

    Hatches occur throughout the year and the Missouri boasts the longest productive fly fishing season around. Because of the dam, the river does not experience the extreme high flows in the spring, making this the best time to fish the Missouri.

    What You'll Catch

    • Rainbow trout
    • Brown trout

    Recommended Flies

    • Nymphs
    • Streamers

Fishing Reports and Trips

  • Fishing Reports

  • Are you looking for the most up-to-date fly fishing conditions for Montana’s Madison River Valley area? Our comprehensive fishing reports cover data from the U.S. Geological Survey on flow details, current water conditions and recent hatches.

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  • Float Trips

  • Our float trips are the best way to experience the finest fly fishing on the most pristine waters in the world. The Tackle Shop offers a range of full-day and half-day trips which are all-inclusive and cover gear such as flies, rods, reels, waders and boots.

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  • Walk/Wade Trips

  • If you are looking for a slower-paced fly fishing experience, our full-day and half-day walk and wade trips are perfect for you. Take in the sights and sounds of Montana’s Madison River Valley while we cater to your individual needs on the water.

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