The fishing on the upper waters above Canyon Ferry is slow and in full on winter mode, however the tailwater section near Craig is remains a great choice. The temperature moderation provided by the dam near Wolf Creek produces ice free waters all winter. The key when fishing the Missouri is to seek out the runs that hold trout in the winter. Look for the slower seems below islands or on the edges of big eddies as well as the slower water drop offs after a riffle to hold winter fish. Fish the soft inside seams. Nymping hot bead sow bugs trailed by midge larva is a safe bet. If the wind subsides, swinging flashy streamers on spey rods or singlehanders can be an effective and fun way to cover the broad runs in the Mo.
The Month Ahead:
The Mo tends to produce all winter and just improves as things warm inthe early spring. Later winter will see some decent midge hatches and a chance for dry fly fishing. Wind can always be an issue on the Mo, however the trout should still be feeding in the afternoon hours on a daily basis.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Missouri below the dam at Wolf Creek is a great early spring fishery. Nymphing the slower seams will be the staple until the stronger midge hatches and BWOs arrive in spring.