Montana is a big state with an abundance of great trout water, and one of the best and least known areas is in the Helena-Wolf Creek-Craig area. Most anglers know of the world famous tailwater fishery that is the Missouri, or the "Mo" as the locals call it. With consistent and regular flows, the Missouri is basically a giant spring creek pumping out phenomenal hatches on a year-round basis. On the Missouri, there are over 3,500 fish per mile, but river locals like to think there are over 5,500 pounds of trout per mile! And the river fishes great from March through November.
However, many visiting anglers do not know of the many other great angling opportunities that surround the Mo.
We would like to introduce you to our friend Pat Straub. Pat and his family have generations of experience and use this to offer guiding services to this uncrowded part of Montana. Montana Fishing Outfitters (MFO) is a dedicated team of professional who deliver great guides, fine accommodations and food, and a passion for exploring new and plentiful "flywater."
If the challenge of stalking 20-inch trout on a dry fly excites you, then of course, spend a day or two on the Missouri, but if you also love the solitude of smaller waters, MFO has exclusive access to some fabulous water. Why not try both? Or perhaps a trophy lake where 10-pound rainbows cruise the shallows?
Imagine stalking rainbows in, let's call it, "Solitude Creek" at the foot of the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Front Range. Here, your companions will be your guide, some elk, and lots of feisty trout. The next day you can float on a secret tributary of the Missouri River where the majestic canyon walls shoot straight up for 1,500 feet.
On the Missouri and close to these unnamed streams, MFO offers riverside accommodations, exceptional food, excellent local guides (these guides live minutes from the Missouri and fish it on daily basis) and can tailor a trip appropriate to your experience and desires. The Wolf Creek Lodge, Flyway Ranch, Troutshop Lodge, and Cross Currents Inn offer a wide-range of accommodations. Or you can choose to stay in historic Helena.
Located halfway between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone, Helena is the state capital and at one time, had the highest density of millionaires in the world. Filled with history and big fish, the Helena area is quietly becoming a prime angling destination.
Accommodations in Helena run from romantic bed and breakfasts to historic inns and from first-rate hotels to basic motels. Fine dining and summer concerts round-out the exciting activities in Helena. As a testament to Helena's blend of exceptional fishing and culture, it was recently named the Best Small Art Town in America. Pat Straub and MFO recommend The Great Northern Hotel in the heart of Helena's Great Northern Town Center. A five or six day adventure with Straub's MFO gives anglers a true "Montana" experience and one that cannot be had anywhere else in the state.
The "secrets" of the Helena area go well beyond the amazing consistency of the Missouri, the wonderful small stream fishing and the wide range of accommodations and dining. A short hop over the Continental Divide serves up the Blackfoot River, the river that inspired Norman Maclean's classic "A River Runs Through It". The "B-Foot" provides intimate float fishing for large rainbows, browns, and native cutthroat.
As one of the "last, best" places in Montana, Montana Fishing Outfitters's strives to keep it that way by limiting access to their numerous beats on private creeks and rivers. Discover spring creeks, trophy trout ponds, high mountain creeks, overlooked stretches of popular rivers, and rivers that others think are "unfloatable." This is all the information we can give you about these other prolific waters near the Missouri and the Blackfoot. Give us a call on a secure line and we'll tell you more!