General Information
The Missouri River below Holter Dam near the town of Craig, Montana is a classic “tailwater” fishery. Cool temperatures and steady water flows, combined with prolific insect life, provide an ideal environment for trophy trout. Because of these factors, the Missouri River has some of the highest fish counts of any trout stream in the country. For guests staying at the Lodge at Eagle Rock, the Missouri River will be your primary focus. That said, the outfitters and guides that work with the Lodge are also able to fish many of the Missouri River tributaries and other fisheries such as Prickly Pear Creek, Belt Creek, the Blackfoot River, the Dearborn River, Flat Creek, the Sun River, and others. Nearby Holter and Hauser Lakes are also popular spots. The “Land of the Giants” jet boat trip on the Missouri is a trip that is only offered by a few outfitters in the area, and one that can be arranged by the Lodge at Eagle Rock. If you already have a favorite guide on the Missouri River, chances are that we can arrange fishing with that guide.

MISSOURI RIVER SEASONS

March – April
If you enjoy solitude on the water, then this is the time to consider visiting the Missouri. With little pressure, aggressive trout will be predominately feeding on midges and blue-winged olives. If there are overcast skies you can almost count on rising fish for hours a day. 

Late May – June
Since the Missouri is a tailwater, conditions are never as bad or as dirty as with other area rivers, and the food of choice for trout on the Missouri will be PMD mayflies and caddis. The mayflies will be out during the morning and into mid-day, with caddis mostly in the evenings.

July – August
Middle of the summer will provide great weather and great dry fly fishing. Tricos, caddis, and hoppers will bring fish to the top, with streamer fishing providing action for larger fish in the lower sections of the river. If you are looking for a great dry fly challenge, hit the river early in the morning for the trico hatch.

September – October
The fall season brings cooler fall temperatures and shorter days. However, this is one of the best months to fish the Missouri, with psuedocleons, blue winged olives, and midges providing solid top-water action. Caddis and hoppers will also bring fish up, and don’t forget to try big, ugly streamers down low on the river towards Cascade.

Boats and Equipment
Most Lodge trips on the Missouri are done while float fishing from McKenzie drift boats and skiffs. Trips to the Land of the Giants section are done utilizing small jet boats. The guides may also utilize rubber rafts for some of the small rivers like the Sun and the Dearborn. The Lodge carries rental and demo gear available, and there are several fully-outfitted fly shops in the Craig area.