The Missouri River.

We got a chance to hit the Missouri for two days. There is a lot more water than a couple of weeks  ago and the river will continue to expand in the following weeks. Flows were increased on Wednesday which made us wonder what the day would be like after a great day of fishing on Tuesday. There were consistent hatches of BWO’s, March Browns and Caddis, but no real surface activity… YET. It turned out the bump of 1000 CFS didn’t change things much. Nymphing was excellent in for 16-18 inch healthy Bows and Browns, and even an occasional fish that reached 20″ or better.

The flies of choice were the of usual tailwater fare. Assorted variations of San Juan Worms Sow Bugs and Baetis nymphs were our top producers. Long leaders and plenty of weight is the ticket this time of year on the MO, so sometimes the presentation isn’t pretty, however if you can get on the bottom at the right speed the results were spectacular. These are strong fighters that like to get airborne, even the browns. With the Yellowstone and other area waters on the back burner the Missouri is calling so go check it out. We are in close contact with sources that are on the river daily, so give us a call and we can book a guide for you or even just get you set up with the gear you will need for a day on the MO.

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