Just arrived home from the Missouri River after a few days of guiding with Josh Stanish, owner of Biggee’s Bugs & Guides. Biggee has been around Montana for nearly 20 years. Before that, it was Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and Oregon. For seven years he owned and operated Montana Troutfitters in Bozeman. Sly and quite is his style, putting clients on trout is his M O.
18500 cfs and superb nymph fishing is what the Missouri has to offer…not bad. Once you get used to the long leaders, it really isn’t a big deal. These trout are by far some the most fit fish state wide. Nationwide. Worldwide. Folks, I am not bullshitting you. The Missouri will blow your mind. The scenery, small fishing village atmosphere and large trout all combined on 35 miles of riffles, banks, island chains and canyon walls. When she drops back down, dry fly angling wil be orgasmic. It makes me shiver. We saw lots of PMDs and Caddis emerge up and down the the entire river. Once the rain stops, the Missouri will drop. Are you gonna be there?
We did see a few more fish crashing caddis yesterday afternoon, even a serious bank riser. Did we cast to it? No, there was lightning all around and we were pushing off. Besides, it was rising underneath the overhanging willows.