Missouri River

January 21, 2021

Fishing Conditions

January 21, 2021

 The mild start to winter is providing for some great days of fishing. As usual, a lot of fish are feeding on nymphs up near the dam but you can hook up in any stretch you fish. The nymphing is great with the tail water standards and small midges. You can get a bite all day long with the nymphs. The usual suspects such as sow bugs, scuds, worms, eggs and small flashy mayfly attractors are all getting eaten. Pink is typically the hot color for your bugs. Some holes require long leaders and quite a bit of weight. Streamer fishing is all right but not as productive as with nymphs or at times even a dry fly. Swing small patterns and cover water. The Rainbows are on the small midges that are emerging in the mornings. Some pods are rising to feed until dark which unfortunately is at 5:00pm these days. 


Text "Troutfitters" to 313131 for automatic fishing report updates right to your phone.

Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Matt’s Midge: 20-2-24, Para Midge: 18-20-22, Brook Sprout, Grey: 18-20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Griffith’s Gnat: 16-18-22

Nymphs: Mighty Mo Soft Hackle Pink: 16-18, Micro Mayfly: 18-20, Military Mayfly: 18-20, RS2's grey, black, olive: 16-20, Juju PMD: 16-20, Red Head Stepchild: 16-20, Indigo Child: 18-20, Rainbow Warrior: 16-20, Green Machine: 16-22, IED Worm: 6-8, Wire Worm: 6, Hot Head Scud: 16-18, Ray Charles (tan & pink): 16-18, Sow Bug: Dark or Light Hares Ear: 16-18, Tung. Tail. Sow Bug Rainbow: 14-16, Clouser Crayfish: Olive, Tan, Drk Turkey: 6-10


Streamers| Bling Minnow Pearl, Gold: 6, Sparkle Minnow Sculpin 4-6, Zonker White: 4-6, Jawbreaker White: 1/0-2, Home Invader White, Black: 2, Bellyache Minnow Fire Tiger: 2, Flash Fry White: 4, Micro Zonker: 8, Natural and Copper Zonker: 6-8, Kreelex (gold/silver, black/red): 6, Articulate Sparkle Minnow: 4, Baby Gonga: 8


Click to enlarge

More USGS Water Data

Enter your number below to receive new, up-to-date river reports from Montana Troutfitters.


Processing...