Craig and the Missouri River are easy to get to. If you're flying, both Great Falls and Helena provide air service. Both airports are approximately 45 minutes from Craig where the river and The Trout Shop are located. While Great Falls is an international airport, you will find it easy to get into and out of. Helena's airport is small and equally easy to enter and exit. Both airports are only minutes from Interstate 15. Travel south from Great Falls or north from Helena. You'll be in Craig, MT, within 45 minutes and will be literally two city blocks from the river. It's that easy.

A variety of Lodging is available on the Missouri River. Prices range from $80 per night up to $500 per night. Evolution Fly Fishing can assist you in locating lodging or you can contact directly the following recommended lodges and booking agents:

The Trout Shop Lodge 406 235 4474

Missouri River Ranch (formally the Flyway Ranch) 406 235 4116

Quality Gore-tex rain jacket with hood
Long sleeved Jacket in case you get chilly
Depending on season either waders or rain pants
Gloves, waterproof and warm, multiple pairs
Bug spray
Rods. 5 and 6 weights will cover 99% of situations
Camera and spare batteries (film?)
Waterproof bag. Handy for storing camera, wallet, etc.
A hat and headsock

If you show up with those things listed, you should be prepared for just about everything.

Okay, you have finally made it to Craig, Montana, home of the Mighty Missouri River. You are sitting in your room with everything that you think that you might need to fool a trout, right in front of you. Then you realize that you are going to be spending the next few days sitting in a drift boat. What should you bring?

The guides at Evolution Fly Fishing all use the best drift boats on the market. They feature plenty of dry storage so that you can store items with the confidence that the weather will not get to them. In Montana it can be 80 and sunny in March and 40 and rainy in July. So we would rather you bring too much, than to little. But here's a list of the basics you should bring to ensure that you will be properly prepared

  • Nymphing
  • Hunting Heads
  • Streamers
If you want to go out there and just flat out catch fish and have a pile of fun, this is the way to do it. For reasons that I don't understand a lot of people think that indicator, nymph, split shot, beadhead, are dirty words in trout fishing. That nymphing is somehow a lower form of fly fishing. Bullshit. To be an effective nymph angler requires a set of skills that are the absolute foundation to becoming a better angler. A detailed understanding of the dynamics of current flow, bottom structure, why the fish are there, and what they are eating is needed to be able to go out on the river and absolutely punish the trout. When nymphing there is no need to cast to the other side of the river. Just get the fly away from the boat and properly present the fly. This means a slack line presentation with big, aggressive up stream mends that allow the fly to drift naturally down the river. Never have a straight line between rod tip and bobber. You always need some slack line on the river. And if that bobber so much as twitches, set the hook and hold on.