Missouri River, Upper - Three Forks to Canyon Ferry Lake

Toston, Montana

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The Missouri river has changed dramatically since Lewis and Clark led their expedition to its headwaters just over 200 years ago. Most notably, the river’s flow is interrupted by dams at four locations in its upper reaches for the purposes of irrigation and power. That is not to say that the dams are all bad—especially for those in search of trout. The dams allow for sediment and warmer water from irrigation returns to settle and cool in the depths of reservoirs, especially Canyon Ferry, Hauser and Holter. In fact, the Missouri river owes its healthy trout population and its spring creek qualities to the cooling and filtering that take place in the reservoirs along its length. Types of Fish: Brown and Rainbow Trout, Carp, Walleye, Northern Pike, Small-Mouth Bass, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.
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Fly Fishing Montana

by Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)

The Missouri river has changed dramatically since Lewis and Clark led their expedition to its headwaters just over 200 years ago. Most notably, the river’s flow is interrupted by dams at four locations in its upper reaches for the purposes of irrigation and power. That is not to say that the dams are all bad—especially for those in search of trout. The dams allow for sediment and warmer water from irrigation returns to settle and cool in the depths of reservoirs, especially Canyon Ferry, Hauser and Holter. In fact, the Missouri river owes its healthy trout population and its spring creek qualities to the cooling and filtering that take place in the reservoirs along its length.

Types of Fish: Brown and Rainbow Trout, Carp, Walleye, Northern Pike, Small-Mouth Bass, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.

©  Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher/No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Toston
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: September through June
Local Contacts: Helena National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Missouri River, Upper - Three Forks to Canyon Ferry Lake

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