Holter Dam-Missouri River Montana Fishing Report 5-14-2017
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Flows from Holter Dam: 8,230 cfs
Water Temperature: 52 degrees
Best time of day: River is fishing pretty well throughout the entire day
Hatches: midge, baetis, caddis
Patterns: zebra midge, tailwater sow, hot bead sow, Ray Charles sow, gold lightening bug, San Juan worm, steel worm, green machine, pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, Bloom’s caddis, crystal caddis, ascending caddis, zoo cougar, circus peanut
It’s been an interesting couple of days here on the Missori River. Flows from Holter Dam have increased approximately 700 cfs over the last 48 hours. Normally we’d expect the fishing to slow down under this situation but for the most part the song remains the the same.
Today we had several boats running deep nymphing rigs with wire worms and sow bugs. Reports were good with rigs set 7 feet from the first fly with one B split shot. Most fish were caught in 6-8 feet of water and most were still on the sow bug.
Streamer action has been pretty good and one boat had substantial streamer action over the last couple days. Cloud cover always helps when you’re throwing junk and several big were netted with big smiles and high fives. If you’re throwing streamers you have to put in the time.
Dry fly action is pretty much non-existent at the moment. Blue winged olives are hatching each day but with higher flows rising fish are pretty scarce. If you poke around in the channels and really look hard you might get lucky and see a nose or two. Caddis are hatching in the canyon. You might find fish rising tight to the bank in soft water if you’re lucky. For the most part flows will have to come down before any consistent dry fly action can be expected. When will that be? That’s the big question. Wednesday weather prediction calls for an inch of rain and possible snow. That means the water is still pouring into Holter Lake and after a certain point, it has to be released. Will flows keep increasing? Only time will tell.
Expect another day or two of decent weather and then be prepared for some cold rain and possibly snow here in Craig. Forecast is calling for an inch or more of rain on Wednesday with temps in the middle 40s. With this kind of fast moving front winds are expected to blow around 20 miles per hour from the north. That means it will feel much cooler. Fortunately the front will last for only two days and by later in the week weather will be fair and more user friendly.
Stay tuned for more reports and give a call if you’re headed this way to join us or want to arrange a trip.