Rio’s John Harden with a 22” streamer caught ‘bow
The Missouri River around Craig, Montana, has been on my bucket list for a while now. Its wide, beautifully set and a dry fly haven.
As I’d come to find out planning for this trip, with the Rio crew of Simon Gawesworth; Aaron Stiney and John Harden, plus 3 other Rio dealers from across the country, its considered pretty good streamer water too. Though they do approach it a little differently than we approach it.
The afternoon Baetis hatches were fun though it took me a while to settle down on the hook set, after pitching hoppers for a couple of months and for the sheer fun of it all.
It was also a hoot getting to fish with spey guru and good friend Simon Gawesworth: we have sledged each other over various sports particularly cricket and rugby in the nature of Aussies and the English, for a decade and yet had never shared any water time. Stay tuned for news an awesome weekend with Simon in 2014.
After plenty of tales from mutual friends from Wisconsin and Michigan, I also drew a day in a boat with Schultzy from Schultz Outfitters in Ann Arbor. He’s good people and if you are up that way you could do plenty worse then get onto his smallie waters.
Schultzy and I had a day pitching meat, big stuff and proved it would work. I had no shame in pinching one of his versions of the Tommy Lynch DDD to nail a good brown.
Having established a some contacts, the Missouri is one place I really want to head back to with a group from the shop. Mark Raisner and his crew at Headhunters are awesome, I’ve got a cook and place in mind to stay with a great view of the river, who’s in?
Hope you enjoy the pics
Mike Kuhner and Simon Gawesworth with a Missouri dry fly brown
Your view next fall _ Aaron Stiney on a favorite flat
Schultzy dry fly rainbow
well taken care of
Not the Ozarks
afternoon head hunting
Kuhnert and Gawesworth with a sweet dry fly ‘bow
mouthful of meat