The Missouri River below Holter Dam is one of Montana's richest resources. Formed by the confluence of the Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson rivers the "mighty Mo" has been tamed by a series of three dams. This river exits below the final dam (Holter) as blue-ribbon water, a classic tailwater with immense hatches and stable flows. Blessed with exceptional spawning tributaries the Missouri has developed into a world class rainbow trout fishery. These battling leapers average 15 to 20 inches so make sure you check your backing before you come! The rainbow trout population is currently 7,000 rainbows ten inches or longer per mile an all time record! Equally as famous as the rainbows are the Missouri River brown trout. Thanks to spawning protection in Little Prickly Pear Creek the brown trout population continues to expand. While just as fat and feisty as the rainbows, the browns tend to grow larger. Brown trout over 20 inches are a daily occurrence for anglers from May through mid-August. Brown trout longer than ten inches currently number around 1,200 fish per mile.
Originating in the Scapegoat Wilderness high in the Lewis and Clark Range of the Rocky Mountains, the freestone Dearborn is a relatively unknown river when compared with nearby waters such as the Missouri, Madison, Smith, Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. Wading is easily had in and around the Highway 200 and Highway 287 bridges. Floating season is short as the river typically has a fast run-off window in May and June of most years. Prior to and after run-off the river is usually too low for floating. The most popular section is a 19 mile float from the Highway 287 bridge through a magnificent canyon before its confluence with the Missouri river near Craig, Montana. However, floating in high water can be good between Highway 200 and 287. The upper section of the river is characterized by open rolling hills and agricultural land. The lower, or canyon section, is a meandering river through a fairly deep canyon with stunning beauty. Fishing is typically best through the canyon.
Evolution Fly Fishing is your premiere source to fly fish for carp. The world's next game fish on the fly! These fish are incredible, with their size, power, strength, and wariness to a fly. These fish will test any angler's patience, skill, and ability. Fishing for these big fish is a lot like bone fish or red fish on the flats. Averaging ten pounds, they'll give you everything you can handle. To true fly fishermen that catch and release, these fish will offer you something new to try the next time you are fishing with us on the Missouri River.