Upcoming Events

Plenty going on around here these days as the 2016 season continues to get underway. Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around Wolf Creek and Craig as well as the surrounding area. We’d love to see you at all of these events.

April 29th – Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance Annual Membership Meeting and Barbecue. Craig Firehouse.


The Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance (UMOWA) would like to invite the public to the annual members meeting and barbecue to be held April 29th 2016 at the Craig fire hall in Craig Montana.  Rocky Harbor of the Dearborn Ranch will be barbecuing with the serving to begin at 6:00.  The program will start at 7:00

Speaking on the program will be Dave Stagliano who will give a rundown on UMOWA’s  2015 Aquatic bug sampling project.  He will also provide a look at the 2016 bug project which will expand into a water sampling project as well.

Craig McLane from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) will talk about aquatic plants and invasive species in the Missouri River.  UMOWA is planning to implement a plant sampling program for 2016 with the support of FWP.

Filling out the program will be the annual fisheries shocking and fish count report for the Missouri river from Holter Dam to Cascade and the state of the Canyon Ferry Fishery.  This is always a highlight of the program as it will give us an idea of what to expect of the fishery for the coming year.

On Saturday the 30th we will be giving a bug and water sampling demonstration.  That will be a chance for you to get some hands on experience.  For more information for either the meeting or the sampling demonstration call 406-431-5084

This region of Montana is proud to be home of one of the most unique and productive natural resources in America.  This event will give you a chance to show your support for the preservation and improvement of the Missouri river.

May 5th – Bugs & Suds Fly Tying Night featuring Vince Wilcox. Wolf Creek Angler

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May 13th – Helena Ales for Trails, Pioneer Park – Downtown Helena MT


Wolf Creek Angler is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Ales for Trails.

Helena Ales for Trails is about contributing to the common good in Helena by raising funds for the Helena trail system. This year’s event will benefit Centennial Trail which is a paved non-vehicle path that will connect Spring Meadow Lake to East Helena.

The event is led by a consortium of community leaders from a variety of sectors. We’re proud to partner with local businesses, city and county government and private citizens to host and sponsor Helena Ales for Trails. In addition to the myriad people involved in planning, Helena Ales for Trails utilizes over 100 volunteers on the day of the event.

Keeping it Downtown:
This year’s event will happen in Pioneer Park (located next to Lewis & Clark Library at the far southern end of the walking mall). We’re excited to partner with Downtown Helena and the Spring Art Walk.

Date & Time:
The 6th Annual Helena Ales for Trails is scheduled for Friday, May 13th from 4 to 9pm. (Please note that 3:30pm to 5:00pm is reserved for the VIP Pre Event while the main event experience is from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.)

VIP Pre Event:
Every year we strive to turn Helena Ales for Trails more and more toward a unique tasting experience by inviting breweries who share the vision of a beer tasting event that showcases limited production, small batch, hard to find, special reserve, artisan, experimental, barrel-aged, sour and other unique craft beers. While we recognize the place of flagship beers, we hope to showcase breweries who welcome the chance to “bring us their weird!” VIP is your best chance to experience the wide variety of beer showcased at Helena Ales for Trails.

To further enhance the VIP Event we limit the experience to 150 VIP participants (as well as event sponsors and brewers). VIP starts promptly at 330pm at which time participants can enjoy an unlimited number of beer tastings while interacting with brewers and snacking from the professionally prepared complementary artisan appetizers. Tickets for VIP are $35 and in addition to the above include a custom printed 2016 Helena Ales for Trails Spiegelau Stout Glass (valued at $20 per glass) and 1 token that can be used for a 6oz. pour at the end of the VIP experience (5pm). The VIP Ticket also buys entrance into the main event which includes additional 6 oz beer tasting for $1, as well as live music provided by The Cottonwood Club.

* VIP has a history of selling out prior to the event.

Participating Breweries
This year we’re featuring 15 craft breweries, 1 cidery and 1 winery. The breweries are: Blackfoot River (Helena), 10 Mile (Helena), Lewis and Clark (Helena), Draught Works (Missoula), Uberbrew (Billings), Carter’s (Billings), Meadowlark (Sidney), Selkirk Abbey (Post Falls, ID), Blacksmith (Stevensville), Cabinet Mountain (Libby), Bower’s (Great Falls), Homestead (Eureka), Flathead Lake (Lakeside), MAP (Bozeman), and 2Basset (White Sulphur Springs). Montana Cider Works (Libby) and Sean Minor (wine) will also showcase cider and wine.

Regular Event Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 day of
Each ticket includes a custom printed 12 oz 2016 Helena Ales for Trails Belgian Tulip glass along with 3 tokens which can be redeemed for three (3) 6 oz. pours.

Ticketed attendees will also have the opportunity to buy addition 6 oz. pours at $1 each or 12 oz. pours for $2. Tickets may be purchased from Blackfoot River Brewing, Lewis & Clark Brewing, 10 Mile Brewing or online via Eventbrite.

For more information find Helena Ales for Trails on Facebook or email Jodi at jodi@narratechurch.org.


May 21st – 10th Annual Caddis Festival and BBQ Cook-Off. Craig MT
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10th Annual Craig Caddis Festival & BBQ Cook-Off

10th Annual Craig Caddis Festival and BBQ Cook-Off Saturday May 21st starting at 4pm. Parade, 10+ BBQ Competitors, arts and crafts, kids events, Live MUSIC, Live & Silent Auction Items…family friendly 

May 21st – Western District General Fishing Season River and Stream Opener


Get out and fish the creeks! We can’t wait! The small stream opener is like Christmas morning for us.     

As you can see there is no shortage of stuff to keep you busy for the next few weeks in addition to great fishing on the MO’.

WCA Events Update


May is going to be a busy month on the Missouri. An early spring has kick started the 2015 season. Lots of folks around already and a bunch of stuff going on in addition to great fishing on the MO. Here’s what’s happening the next few weeks in and around Wolf Creek Montana.


Friday May 15th. Ales For Trails – Pioneer Park in Helena from 5 – 9 PM. Helena Ales for Trails is about contributing to the common good in Helena by raising funds for the Helena trail system. This year’s event will benefit Centennial Trail which is a paved non-vehicle path that will connect Spring Meadow Lake to East Helena.

This year will feature 40+ beer varieties from up to 15 different craft breweries. Participants will also have the opportunity to taste cider and wine. Live music by David Casey and Kate Plummer.


Saturday, May 16th. 9th Annual Craig Caddis Festival. 4 pm – ??  Barbeque Contest, Parade, Kids Activities, Silent Auction, Raffle, Live Music and all-around shenanigans in Craig Montana with proceeds going to support the Craig Volunteer Fire Department. We’ve decided to pass on the barbeque contest portion of the event this year but we are donating items for the auction and we will be around enjoying the festivities.



Saturday, May 16th. Montana 2015 General Fishing Season Opener. Get out and fish the creeks. We can’t wait!

Not the Dub C A Soiree - but cool anyways.

Not the Dub C A Soiree – but cool anyways.

Saturday, May 23rd. The Inaugural Dub C A Soiree – Wolf Creek Angler, Wolf Creek Montana.

Come join us as we usher in another great season on the Missouri River with the Inaugural WCA Soiree. Great deals in the shop all day, food and fun and live music from Helena’s Sleeping Giants starting at 5 pm. You don’t want to miss this one. Limited lodging still available. Book yours today.

In addition to these big weekend events May will be a busy time at Wolf Creek Angler with crowds descending upon the region to fish our world-famous river. It should be prime time for streamer fishing and dry fly fishing will definitely be drawing a crowd. May is definitely a favorite month amongst the fly shop contingent as we enjoy spectacular fishing coupled with relative peace and solitude – the calm before the storm of the summer season.

We hope you join us for all of these events and great fishing on the Missouri River.