Great Falls Fishing Report 02.08.18

Great Falls Fishing Report 12.27.17

Missouri River

It’s yo-yo season when it comes to the weather. This morning when I looked at the temp, it was 4 degrees. By the time I got to work, it was 36. But the temp is going to drop again with a projected high of 9 degrees. I think it’s time to tie some flies.

I did hit the jackpot day last week. It was 46 degrees and the trout spey action was fantastic. I swung a new minnow pattern I’m working on, off a floating line with a 12-foot leader tapered to 3X. Fish ate on the sink, on the swing, on the jig, and on the strip. Guess I’ll just have to relive that day this week.

Winter on the Missouri River

February can be a great month when the weather cooperates. In the coldest weather, fish within a mile or two of Holter Dam. After a few milder days, you can venture beyond Craig. Always be aware of drifting shelf ice, especially after sustained cold weather.

Fish will be stationed near drop-offs and shelves or cruising the slower flows. Look for walking speed current. Most days, the action picks up around 11 a.m. and falls off quick as the sun drops.

If you get out in the afternoon on a milder day, the water temp will warm up that one precious degree or two that really gets the fish moving. When we get those 35 to 45-plus degree days, its game on.

Trout Spey

Always a great activity during the winter months. Scandi or integrated floating lines and long leaders work great in the slower flows. Skagit heads with tips work best for dropping flies off shelves.

Fly Tying Season and Events

Fly tiers are always welcome at our fly shop counter. Grab a stool and tie a fly or two. Next fly tying night at the Mighty Mo is February 20.

Missouri River Fly Fishers Banquet tickets on sale now for February 24th.

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North 40 Fly Shop got its start in Great Falls, Montana when a couple fishheads snapped up a pile of closeout items and offered them for sale on a single pegboard wall. Today, we offer the largest selection of fly-tying materials in the area, along with a broad range of high-quality rods, reels and lines, plus gear and apparel, from dedicated fly-fishing specific brands. We spread our love of fly-fishing through fly-tying classes, spey claves, and community outreach, and run our shop with this motto: Beginner or expert—you’re welcome here. We love Montana and are proud to call the Missouri River our home water. While we always keep our finger on the pulse of the mighty Mo, we are surrounded by many other great rivers, streams and lakes and offer insider tips on these waters. Beyond Montana, we host destination trips to Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Christmas Island and Belize.
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