It's worth the drive from Bozeman to fish this river. The water temps are warmer, for Montana standards, and the fish are hot. Some of the best streamer fishing around can be had here right now. If you do any swinging with two-hand rods you can have a more productive day here than almost any other river. If your not into streamer fishing you can get out a nymph rod and crush it. Tailwater nymphs like sows and scuds matched up with midge larva are a perfect rig. This time of year there are a lot of anglers that will be up near the dam but you can have just as productive of a day if you head downstream of Craig.
Dries: Hi-Vis Paramerger Adams: 18 Purple Haze: 18-20, Ex. Body BWO: 18-20, Wild Turkey Baetis: 18-20-22, Tilt Wing BWO: 18-20, CDC Biot Dun BWO: 18-20, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22
Nymphs: Mighty Mo Soft Hackle Pink: 16-18, Micro Mayfly: 18-20, Military Mayfly: 18-20, RS2's grey, black, olive, light cahill: 16-20, Juju PMD: 16-20, Red Head Stepchild: 16-20, Indigo Child: 18-20, Rainbow Warrior: 16-20, Green Machine: 18-22, IED Worm: 6-8, Wire Worm: 6, Short Wing PMD Emerger: 16-18, 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
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