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The Missouri River, from Holter Dam near Wolf Creek to the small community of Cascade, is one of Montana's finest Blue Ribbon fisheries. For approximately 10 miles below the dam, rainbow and brown populations exceed 4,000 fish per mile, with more than 300 rainbows per mile over 18 inches!
Despite these impressive statistics, the "Mighty Mo" is no pushover. The river resembles a giant spring creek, with numerous weed beds and miles of slick water. Successful angling requires exacting patterns and delicate presentation. But the rewards are worth it. On the Mighty Mo, we have landed more rainbow and brown trout over 20 inches, using dry flies and floating emergers, than all other rivers combined.
Start the morning fishing midge and caddis dries to fish working the surface in back eddies and off the main current. By 9:00am Tricos are going strong and continue until early afternoon. Stalking pods of 20 trout or more is not uncommon. PMD hatch starts early evening and continues until dark. Evening also brings out the caddis. It is not uncommon to get caught up fishing this hatch, realize it is past dark, and still have a mile or two to the nearest take-out point. If the weather is warm, afternoon hopper fishing is also an option.