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Missouri River - Cascade - Montana

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Midge Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
March Midge Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Parachute Adams, Baetis Nymph
April Midge Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Parachute Adams, Baetis Nymph
Caddis Late Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
May Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Parachute Adams, Baetis Nymph
Caddis Late Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Pale Morning Dun Early Morning 16-20 Parachute Adams, PMD Emerger
Stoneflies All Day 4-8 Salmonfly, Golden Stone
June Caddis Late Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Pale Morning Dun Early Morning 16-20 Parachute Adams, PMD Emerger
Stoneflies All Day 4-8 Salmonfly, Golden Stone
Green Drakes Afternoon 10-14 Green Drake Dun, Green Drake Nymph
July Caddis Late Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Pale Morning Dun Early Morning 16-20 Parachute Adams, PMD Emerger
Stoneflies All Day 4-8 Salmonfly, Golden Stone
Tricos Early Morning 18-24 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
August Caddis Late Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Pale Morning Dun Early Morning 16-20 Parachute Adams, PMD Emerger
Tricos Early Morning 18-24 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
September Caddis Late Afternoon 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Pale Morning Dun Early Morning 16-20 Parachute Adams, PMD Emerger
Tricos Early Morning 18-24 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
October Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Parachute Adams, Baetis Nymph
Tricos Early Morning 18-24 Trico Spinner, Trico Dun
November Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-20 Parachute Adams, Baetis Nymph
December Midge Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

One of the most beloved fishing destinations, the Missouri River – Cascade, boasts of a bounty of fly fishing spots that enthusiasts swear by. Here are some of the best:

  • Craig Area: This small town area offers plenty of access points along the river, suitable for both boat and wade fishing.
  • Land of Giants: Accessed by boat, the tantalizing fishing opportunities attract crowds regularly.
  • Holter Dam: Famed for trout action, this area also offers a boat launch.
  • Stickney Creek: Popular among wade and boat fishing enthusiasts for Rainbow Trout.
  • Wolf Creek Bridge: Offers easy access to wade fish or put in/take out boats with parking near the highway.

Each spot along the Missouri River – Cascade promises an unparalleled flying fishing experience, with the stunning display of nature adding to the appeal.

Best Access Points

The Missouri River – Cascade is an excellent destination for fly fishing in Montana. The river provides access to different types of fish, making it an opportunity that anglers should not miss.
  • Cascade Boat Ramp: Located north of the town of Cascade, this fishing access site provides excellent boat launching facilities. Coordinates: 47.2757° N, 111.7017° W.
  • Stickney Creek: A more secluded access point, with a trail leading down to the Missouri River’s shoreline. Coordinates: 47.3058° N, 111.7214° W.
  • Mid Canon: Located near a fishing bridge, and offers many areas to wade into the river. Coordinates: 47.1247° N, 111.7487° W.
  • The Blue Ribbon stretch: Though tough to reach, the Blue Ribbon stretch between Holter Dam and Cascade is well worth the effort for its quality fishing. Coordinates: 47.5113° N, 111.9628° W.
Please remember to obtain the appropriate permits and adhere to all fishing regulations.

Local Fish

  • Trout: There are generally two types of trout in the Missouri River – Rainbow trout and Brown trout. Both are a top target for fly fishing due to their size and aggressiveness.
  • White bass: These fish are common in the Missouri River and are often targeted due to their aggressive nature and fight when hooked.
  • Bluegill: Bluegill will take a fly readily and provide plenty of action for fly anglers.
  • Catfish: The Missouri River is well known for its catfish population, although they are not typically a target species for fly fishing. Species such as the Channel catfish and Flathead catfish are common.
  • Walleye: An abundant species throughout the Missouri River, Walleye are a gamefish favorite for many fly anglers.
  • Smallmouth Bass: This is a popular fly fishing target due to its fighting spirit and accessibility.
  • Carp: These fish may not be glamorous, but they can grow to impressive sizes and put up a good fight.
  • Sturgeon: While not targeted as often in fly fishing, these are one of the most unique fish to catch due to their large size.

About The River

The Missouri River-Cascade carries a rich and fascinating past. Snaking its way through the heart of the United States, it’s the longest river in North America, stretching a remarkable 2,341 miles.

  • Its story started millennia ago, sculpted by countless years of erosion.
  • Native American tribes, such as the Pomo and Miwok, relied upon its rich resources for survival.
  • In the 19th century, it then played a pivotal role during the period of westward expansion, guiding adventurers, trappers, and pioneers toward new opportunities.
  • Needless to mention, it was also a significant pathway for the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Today, this mighty river continues to be a lifeblood for many American communities, providing water, transportation, and recreation. Embodying the spirit of discovery and the resilience of nature, the Missouri River-Cascade continues to shape and inspire.

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