Missouri Fly Fishing Charters

Missouri Fly Fishing Charters

Best 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!

Missouri
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Missouri

Hit the morning hours before sun heats up the water and other boaters rattle the lake…
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hit the morning hours before sun heats up the water and other boaters rattle the lake…
Branson's Reel Fishing LLC
Branson's Reel Fishing LLC
Cool in the mornings, lake is infested with quality fish. Blake Harris gets it done!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Cool in the mornings, lake is infested with quality fish. Blake Harris gets it done!
Excel Fishing Charters
Excel Fishing Charters
First time fishing for us at Table Rock Lake and booking a guide was the best decision we made.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First time fishing for us at Table Rock Lake and booking a guide was the best decision we made.
Catch Mo Fish Guide Service
Catch Mo Fish Guide Service
Book Captain Micham! It will be well worth the money and create lasting memories. No question his knowledge and expertise will help me fishing on my own anywhere in any lake. Great for beginners through experts.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book Captain Micham! It will be well worth the money and create lasting memories. No question his knowledge and expertise will help me fishing on my own anywhere in any lake. Great for beginners through experts.
Captain Micham's Guide Service
Captain Micham's Guide Service
Might need a rain/light weight jacket for the fog lingering above the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Might need a rain/light weight jacket for the fog lingering above the water.
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Absolutely.. I kept out anglers # and we are already talking about a return trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely.. I kept out anglers # and we are already talking about a return trip
Freedom Fishing Guide Service – Branson
Freedom Fishing Guide Service – Branson
Captain Spenser’s technique allowed me to catch fish in hot tough conditions. Will use this back in Louisiana on my lakes.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Spenser’s technique allowed me to catch fish in hot tough conditions. Will use this back in Louisiana on my lakes.
Breaking Bass Guide Service
Breaking Bass Guide Service
For your first time you need a guide. So many places to fish you will miss all the best spots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
For your first time you need a guide. So many places to fish you will miss all the best spots.
Hooked On Branson Fishing
Hooked On Branson Fishing
It’s starting to get hot! Recommend mid to late May for spawning season! Table rock was gorgeous though!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s starting to get hot! Recommend mid to late May for spawning season! Table rock was gorgeous though!
Hooked On Branson Fishing
Hooked On Branson Fishing
Expect fun, wear sunscreen, let Captain Josh Issacs show you the ropes, and he will get you catching fish fast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect fun, wear sunscreen, let Captain Josh Issacs show you the ropes, and he will get you catching fish fast
Branson's Full Throttle Fishing
Branson's Full Throttle Fishing
Time of day is important. I’d suggest communicating to the captain prior to booking to see if he/she recommends a particular fishing time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Time of day is important. I’d suggest communicating to the captain prior to booking to see if he/she recommends a particular fishing time.
Dave's Guide Service
Dave's Guide Service
Listen to your guide. They are on the lake daily and know where and what fish are biting on. They also give you tips along the way to get fish in the boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your guide. They are on the lake daily and know where and what fish are biting on. They also give you tips along the way to get fish in the boat.
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Probably bigger and better fish earlier in the year when water is cooler and fish are spawning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Probably bigger and better fish earlier in the year when water is cooler and fish are spawning.
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
Eric's Elite Guide Service–Branson
We caught fish consistently and Cody tries to make everything conducive to catching fish at this time of year!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught fish consistently and Cody tries to make everything conducive to catching fish at this time of year!
Cody Spetz Fishing Adventures
Cody Spetz Fishing Adventures
Use Unreel guide service. They will do their absolute best to get you on some fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Use Unreel guide service. They will do their absolute best to get you on some fish.
Unreel Guide Service
Unreel Guide Service
I booked this trip with no expectations just wanting to get on the water for the experience. Catching fish was the bonus.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I booked this trip with no expectations just wanting to get on the water for the experience. Catching fish was the bonus.
Hooked On Branson Fishing
Hooked On Branson Fishing
Hire a guide like Cody Spetz to learn tactics, equipment and technique. After that you’ll be ready to go on your own.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Hire a guide like Cody Spetz to learn tactics, equipment and technique. After that you’ll be ready to go on your own.
Cody Spetz Fishing Adventures
Cody Spetz Fishing Adventures
I would highly recommend Robbie. He was a pleasure to fish and converse with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would highly recommend Robbie. He was a pleasure to fish and converse with.
Dodson Guide Service
Dodson Guide Service
If fishing before middle of April be sure to bring some warm clothes. If bringing your own gear bring multiple types of lures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If fishing before middle of April be sure to bring some warm clothes. If bringing your own gear bring multiple types of lures.
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Payable Guide Service LLC – 22'
Absolutely! This was our first fishing trip in Branson and we had a blast.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely! This was our first fishing trip in Branson and we had a blast.
Branson's Full Throttle Fishing
Branson's Full Throttle Fishing

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