I love fly fishing, so its great to spend time around others of the same bent. Tim loves fly fishing. He pulls together several groups each year in different parts of the country. This time around he set up his Montana fly fishing guides through Lone Peak Outfitters.
Tim and Bill fishing with Bryce
Men, that was a great trip. Thank you so much for coming. Clearly I love fly fishing and it was great to have so many friends, old and new, joining me. I’m never drinking again. 531 fish to net!…and that is a conservative number. That’s an average of ~50 fish per angler in 3.5 days of fishing. And most were quality fish. Ridiculous. You are spoiled by Montana and spoiled by good guides.
Logistically, the group needed one more licensed captain for a particular stretch of the river where jet boats access the juicy water. That is where I entered the picture. Thanks Bryce for bringing me on. Thanks Charles for rowing that last mile on day three while I piped a few fish and played net boy.
Missouri River Montana Fly Fishing Report
Thanks Paul (Lock Master) Bloch for pointing Bryce to me. By the way, those BWO emergers I picked up from you last Saturday killed it today on the MO.
The Missouri River fly fishing report is really good. There is lots of great water holding lots of great fish. Depending on where you are fishing and the time of day, you can experience your favorite technique. The nymphing is fantastic, the streamer eats are aggressive and you can usually have several sessions to choose heads for killer dry fly opportunities. Wanna get techy? How about fishing emergers with an occasional twitch? BWO’s, Midges and March (May) Browns are the bugs with some caddis entering the picture. Scuds, sows and eggs will get plenty of eats early in the day, before the bugs get moving. Streamers of all sizes and color will connect. A March Brown with a BWO cripple is hard to beat in the afternoon. Its hard to beat the Missouri River in Montana this spring for your trout fishing pleasure. I’ve got the MO for two more weeks. Then it will be Kenai River time come June!
Stacy Corbin has been pretty busy lately, because the Baja Rooster Fishing has been really good. When I speak of Rooster Fishing, I am not speaking about fishin for chickens the way Hobo Jim does.
Rooster Fish (Pez Gallo) are a really cool saltwater jack with a tall spiny dorsal fin. They are a very challenging fish to take on the fly, especially from the beach. It looks like these guys have got it dialed.
The last message I got from Stacy was this.
Just checking in. How was ice out? Looked like the usual good time. Got a fishing report with pics to follow soon: Finally got a window to go fish with Justin and Kate www.frigatetravel.com and Josh www.pursuitanglers.com. Day 1 four fish landed, including an epic double that should have been a triple but the hook didn’t stick. Day 2, 8 fish landed with more opportunity for eats. Day 3, Kate had to go to town and Josh took a day off so it was just me and Justin. We landed 14 (yes, 14) roosters including several that may have exceeded 30 pounds. Pics to follow when I get them.
Well I did get several pics, but I know there will be many more. I will also get the full story when we rendezvous at the Kingfisher Roadhouse in Cooper Landing over a couple Glacier IPA’s and toast a new Alaska season.
Great to see my friend Brian Neilsen on the cover of the latest Big R Fly Shop eMag with a slab rainbow. We had some spring fling fly fishing over in Idaho. That was a fun trip to the creek. The issue features a recap of our F3T and IF4 film fest time in Sandpoint/Ponderay. What a great weekend. Just click on Brian’s face if you want to view the mag. Well done Rob Guevarra.
Here are a couple videos from within. The first one features a very productive day working for Big R Fly Shop. Not only did we catch some fish, but we managed to demo some great products and outline a bunch more ideas for future issues.
In this video, we were using Echo Switch Rods (4 and 5 wt) with matching Airflo Speydicator lines. Spot on for fishing high banks with no backcasting room. The fly dejour was the Spring Breaker Leech.
Rob likes to sneak up on me with the camera when I am unawares. We were in the middle of an important business meeting at Joe’s Bar in Craig Montana. I was filling Matt in on some of the variables regarding spey head length for fishing with switch rods. Matt now owns both a Spey and a Switch rod and is rocking each with a single line. I’m doing my best to make things more complicated for him. Note the vacant glazed over stare.
Wishing you all some great spring fling fly fishing on your own Mystic Waters!
You have discovered fly fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska, piscine insights, a little humor, calls to action regarding fishery issues, fly fishing travel and a bunch more fly fishing on the Missouri River in Montana.