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Fly Fishing Gear and Montana’s Missouri River

Missouri River Fly Fishing

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THE RIVER HUB

The United States enjoys an abundant supply of navigable waterways.  From north to south and east to west, rivers driven by gravity make efficient bulk shipping to metropolitan areas possible.
Railroad shipping hubs popped up at river ports to help link rural America by rail car in the late 1800's.
CRAIG, MONTANA - Est., 1888
The River Hub - Craig, Montana

Burlington Northern chose Craig, Montana, as their supply stopping point halfway between their northern and southern river port suppliers.  Railroad tracks fit the Missouri River’s smooth stream banks perfectly. Steam engines came to a slow stop in Craig and took on fuel from the water tower next to the tracks.

Citizens that homesteaded the area helped build The Township of Craig into a small business district.  Large railroad ties support some buildings in town today.  Sterling Ranch Company loaded their livestock onto cattle cars to reach the larger market.  Craig Mercantile received and supplied hardware and groceries to the local area.  The Hub Saloon, next door, entertained guests in an authentic, old western style, dance hall.  Stagecoach delivery of your mail to rural areas ended.  Dearborn Crossing suspiciously burned to the ground.

Craig Mercantile - 1888

No trains chug along the tracks today.  Our Post Office replaced horses and trains with Ford Model T's.  When the fly fishing caboose arrives in the area each season, The River Hub draws passengers in.  When it departs, Uncle Joe’s Bar chugs along making more history as usual.  Population: Roughly 39.

Railroad tracks follow one side of the river. When you get off the plane, grab your luggage, pick up your rental car and experience the other side.  When you’re about twenty minutes from The River Hub, exit Interstate Highway 15 onto Old US Hwy 91.  Enjoy stunning scenery while you slowly meander along the world’s largest spring creek.  When you land in Craig, you'll immediately know that you made it to the right place.

Step off the pathway and into the world's largest spring creek.

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The River Hub
Craig, MT



GUIDE TRIPS-BELOW HOLTER DAM

Capture the Most from Your Fishing Trip
Conquer the Missouri River with a Fly Rod

GUIDE TRIPS-LAND OF THE GIANTS

Connect with the Biggest Trout of Your Life
Try Not to Focus on the Amazing Scenery

DRIFT BOAT RENTALS

Access Both Sides of the Stream
Enjoy the River with Your Best Fishing Friends

VACATION HOMES

Find Your New Home on the Missouri River
Make Your Own Fishing Schedule

STREAMSIDE LUNCHES

Order Your Lunches Ahead of Time
Pick-up When You Get to Craig


THE TROUT SHOP LODGE

Walk to the River and All the Services of Craig
Enjoy the River Hub - Established in 1888

VEHICLE RIVER SHUTTLES

Finish Your Trip Planning
Book Your Vehicle Shuttle Before You Arrive

FISHING LICENSES

Purchase Your Fishing License Before You Arrive
Spend Way Less Time Standing in Line

Steam Engines rolled on the river trail for a century. Now, Fly Fishermen walk the empty rails.

Since 1989

Why we do it.

Pirate Code

I Bought My Fishing License Too.

The River Hub Since 1888 - Craig, Montana

Lot 1, Block 1, Township of Craig, 1888

Peter Schuttler Covered Wagons Sold at Craig Mercanitle

1990 - E. Neele Streeks / Pat Elam Shadow Boxes

In-House Production - No such thing as an iPhone.

The River Hub - 1994

Lot 1, Block 1, Township of Craig - 2022

Uncle Joe's Bar - Serving Burlington Northern for a Long Time.

100 Steps from The Trout Shop Lodge

Large, Wild, Brown Trout

Large, Wild, Rainbow Trout

Trout Don't Care if it's Snowing. Neither do whitefish.

Sometimes It's the "Mighty Mo"

Knowledge From Top to Bottom

Get The Most Out of The River - Hire a Missouri River Guide

Front Row Parking with Good Reasons

Elvis is in the House

You Need a Cup of Tungsten Pink Amex

Pink AMEX Work in Argentina. Do you have enough?

So Pretty. J- Walkers permitted.

Your View From Lookout Lodge

Full Service Vacation Home Rentals

Nobody Home. Wonder Where They Are?

Vehicle River Shuttles

Drift Boat Rentals - Ready When You Are

Stay Here Buddy. Let me sneak up on these guys.

Walleye's Don't Stand a Chance Against TC's Rubber Leg Buggers.

Obviously, The "Silver Fox" Was Here

Watch Out for Canadian Mounties on the Untouchable's Bridge.

The Last Picture of the Historic Craig Bridge

They'll Let Anyone in This Place.

Adventure, Danger, Romance and a Few Fish Await You.

Say Hello To Some of our Local Residents

Lots and Lots of Missouri River Trout Flies

Top Quality Gear Meeting Your River Challenges.

All Roads Lead to Craig, Montana.

Front Row Parking

Remember 1888?

When It Snows, You Enjoy the Beauty

When the Snow Melts, You Have to Settle for This

Thank You!

After a Long Night at Joe's Bar.

More Local History Just Up the Road in Wolf Creek

Perfect

Everywhere You Go

Come On Man. We're Trying to Eat Lunch.

Sterling Ranch, LLC - 6 Generations and Going Strong.

How Do You Like My View?

Magazine Material

Spoken Like a True Pirate

Hot Soup Awaits You at Joe's Bar After You Take the Plunge

The End of The Rainbow. Really? That's Awesome.

Lookout Lodge - 3 Acres Surrounded by 5 Miles of Conservation Protection.

Found at Craig Mercantile Inside The Trout Shop.

"Little Big Man" Donated the Land for The Craig Boat Ramp.

Cherish the Moment

Holter Dam - Where it All Begins.

Holter Lake - Home to the Giants Below Hauser Dam.

Too Big for the Lens

Mountain Palace

Future River Keeper

Fly Fishing Ambassador to Japan - Leon Chandler

Which One Should I Cast To?

They Can Go Fishing. I'm Good.

Ready for Repair.

See Ya When You Get Off the River.

24" On the Tape

Fringe Benefits

My Shuttle Better Be Here. Like My Vest?

Aren't we supposed to be looking at the bridge?

Spotted from a Private Plane

Darn Parking Brake

Normal

Nice.

Slow Traffic

Guide Appreciates it if You Cast Downstream

If you want to hang with the big dogs, you have to learn how to piss in the tall grass.

#rusticbrowntrout

Shakey's Medicine

Returns to the scene every year.

Public Wifi replaced the big screen

Where's the Train?

He's OK. Don't do this at home.

The Missouri River - Sleeping Beauty

Oxygen Bob - Best Shuttle Driver Ever.

The Evening Rise

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

Got Bugs? Remember to Tip Your Shuttle Driver

Missouri River Guides Business Card

Fall Scenery

Say Good Morning to our Little Friends.

Cascadia

The Scenery is Awesome

Top Secret Fishing Location

Spite Hill Pet

Well Done.

Walk to Craig - Sterling Ranch House

Sterling Ranch Lodge - Group Events

Lewis & Clark saw this without a bridge.

Row, row, row the boat.....Gently down the stream.

Charles Meck's Favorite.

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