Missouri Fly Fishing Charters

Missouri Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Missouri

Top Fly Fishing Charters in Missouri

Fly Fishing in Missouri

Missouri fly fishing should be on every angler’s bucket list. With designated Red, White, and Blue Ribbon waters to fish, as well as over 400 lakes and 115,000 miles of streams and rivers, there’s no end of places to wet a line and reel in a beauty.

What to Expect

Depending which river you choose to fish, you could spend as little as two hours out on the water or the whole day. Some of the top spots to visit when fly fishing include North Fork River, the Ozarks, Lake Taneycomo, Crane Creek, and plenty more. 

Some guides are happy to teach anglers the skills required to fly fish. If you’re a beginner, head over in spring. The early season hatch of caddis, mayfly, and stonefly happens in March and the Trout are hungry for them. Match your flies to the hatch and the action will be non-stop.

Fall and winter are best for experienced anglers – you’ll need to cast further to reach the deeper hidey-holes of the fish as they move into warmer and more protected waters. You’ll need precision and skills in placing your fly just right.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect fishery and time of year to visit, you can then decide what you’d like to target… and there are plenty of options!

Missouri is known for its top-notch Trout fishing. Both Rainbow and Brown Trout can be caught throughout the year. You can even reel in a lunker or two out in the Show-Me State. Waters are stocked regularly, even daily in some months. 

For an exciting fight that will leave you tired but smiling, target Catfish. This is for experienced anglers only! Catfish run and will break your line if you’re not careful. You’ll need heavier gear paired with a 7 wt line to have any chance of reeling a Catfish in. Once you do, you’ll have complete bragging rights!

Smallmouth Bass also put up a great fight pound for pound. A Missouri native, these guys can be found in the same waters as Trout, but in warmer areas. Try fly fishing for them for a good fight. Largemouth Bass are also a lot of fun on the fly, as long as you have heavier gear to match the fish. 

What to Bring

You’ll need to buy a fishing license before your trip begins. Make sure you have a Trout stamp and check local regulations where you’re fishing for any additional tags needed. 

Although guides will provide you with quality gear, you can usually bring your own lucky rod along if you wish. When fishing for smaller fish, such as Trout, you’ll need a 2–5 wt line on a 6–8.5’ rod. For larger fish, like Catfish, Carp, or Bass, have a 6–8 wt line on a 8–10’ rod. A good all-rounder for beginners is a 9’ rod with a 6 wt line. 

Don’t forget to bring your own waders, appropriate footwear, and amber polarized sunglasses – these are perfect for seeing through the glare of the lake.

Come experience a Missouri fly fishing trip that you’ll never forget!

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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Missouri

You have to be prepared for the fact that if there is a major change in the weather (cool front), the trout may not bite during your trip. It has nothing to do with your boat captain or equipment.
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You have to be prepared for the fact that if there is a major change in the weather (cool front), the trout may not bite during your trip. It has nothing to do with your boat captain or equipment.
Cindy  B.
Cindy B. Saint Clair, MO
Table Rock bite was on fire, landed well over 100 fish in 3 hours on water.
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Table Rock bite was on fire, landed well over 100 fish in 3 hours on water.
Travis  O.
Travis O. United States
There was a lot of pressure on the lake. Robbie kept mentioning how unusually busy the lake was. I think it may be due to folks being ready to shake this pandemic. But again, it was a great time and beautiful lake.
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There was a lot of pressure on the lake. Robbie kept mentioning how unusually busy the lake was. I think it may be due to folks being ready to shake this pandemic. But again, it was a great time and beautiful lake.
Anthony  S.
Anthony S. Fayetteville, AR
Dress warm and be ready to wok for the fish, they a a little lethargic. HAVE FUN!
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Dress warm and be ready to wok for the fish, they a a little lethargic. HAVE FUN!
David  M.
David M. Fate, TX
Make sure to use lure colors and line for clear water fishing. I did not have clear lakes in my home area.
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Make sure to use lure colors and line for clear water fishing. I did not have clear lakes in my home area.
Donna  F.
Donna F. Portland, TN
Book with Dave. He is amazing. He helped my 6 year old and I have the time of our lives
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Book with Dave. He is amazing. He helped my 6 year old and I have the time of our lives
Tim  B.
Tim B. Edmond, OK
Plan for plenty of time and expect different weather. Just enjoy your time on the water. Take time to enjoy the tranquility of it all
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Plan for plenty of time and expect different weather. Just enjoy your time on the water. Take time to enjoy the tranquility of it all
Jeff  L.
Jeff L. Belgrade, 00
You may want to try bass fishing if you are a novice fishermen. The trout fishing trip requires some experience.
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You may want to try bass fishing if you are a novice fishermen. The trout fishing trip requires some experience.
Katherine  R.
Katherine R. Midland, MI
Definitely use a guide. They know the area and the techniques for the area. Brian at Captain B’s was great.
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Definitely use a guide. They know the area and the techniques for the area. Brian at Captain B’s was great.
Brad  M.
Brad M. Malvern, Arkansas
Yes I would recommend fishing in Branson. It was a little slow due to the cold water but crappies are due to spawn shortly guide was very professional boat was great. Scenery and weather was absolutely perfect I would recommend fishing Branson and with a guide could easily get lost on this Lake if you don't know it.
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Yes I would recommend fishing in Branson. It was a little slow due to the cold water but crappies are due to spawn shortly guide was very professional boat was great. Scenery and weather was absolutely perfect I would recommend fishing Branson and with a guide could easily get lost on this Lake if you don't know it.
Ted & Linda Ostby
Ted & Linda Ostby Clinton, Iowa
Fishing in April in Branson is great as the weather is moderate and fish are active at various depths due to warming of water. Recommend sun screen and/or long sleeves and head protection
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Fishing in April in Branson is great as the weather is moderate and fish are active at various depths due to warming of water. Recommend sun screen and/or long sleeves and head protection
Michael  N.
Michael N. Jackson, Michigan
I love Branson. Can be cold, but we happened to be there on a 60 degree day. Had a great time!
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I love Branson. Can be cold, but we happened to be there on a 60 degree day. Had a great time!
Westover  F.
Westover F. Steelville, Missouri
Best place to be in October is in Branson, fishing for Brown Trout! Look up Captain Dave, we will put you on some nice Browns!
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Best place to be in October is in Branson, fishing for Brown Trout! Look up Captain Dave, we will put you on some nice Browns!
Robyn  M.
Robyn M. Newton, Iowa
You definitely want to get a guide the way we caught fish in Branson was nothing like the way we fish in California the expertise of the captain made all the difference
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You definitely want to get a guide the way we caught fish in Branson was nothing like the way we fish in California the expertise of the captain made all the difference
Jeff  J.
Jeff J. Kansas City, MO
Book your trip with Captain B. Awesome guy with lots of fishing knowledge.
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Book your trip with Captain B. Awesome guy with lots of fishing knowledge.
Amanda  G.
Amanda G. United States

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