Missouri River

August 23, 2019

Fishing Conditions

August 23, 2019

The MO is tough to beat right now. Dry fly fishing has been great with Caddis, PMD's Tricos, ants and hoppers. It has paid off to get on the river early and stake out your dry fly spot as quickly as you can. The emergence has been happening around 9:00 to 10:00 with bugs hanging out for a few hours after that. When the fish get really selective over here, which happens during high sun, it pays off to throw a down stream drift to them. Park the boat or position yourself up stream 50-60 feet from the fish. Throw that reach cast and let the bug float naturally into their face. Remember to make your first cast count! During the heat of the day, nymphing has been pretty consistent. Scuds, sow bugs, caddis and small mayfly nymphs have been getting the job done. The PMD split back trailing a ray Charles has been a good rig as of late. Small flashy bugs such as a lightning bugs or a rainbow warrior have also been good bets. You will probably have some Browns begining to follow a streamer but they aren't on the take yet. Once water temps drop a little this will change. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: C-UM Trico Spinner: 20-22, CDC Trico Spinner: 18-22, Parachute Trico: 18-22, Morrish Hopper Yellow & Tan: 6-10, Attract Ant: 14-16,Hi-Vis Paramerger Adams: 18 Purple Haze: 18-20 Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Quigley Cluster: 16-20, Royal Wulff:16-20,

Nymphs: Mighty Mo Soft Hackle Pink: 16-18, Micro Mayfly: 18-20, Military Mayfly: 18-20, RS2's grey, black, olive, light cahill: 16-20, Juju PMD: 16-20, Red Head Stepchild: 16-20, Indigo Child: 18-20, Rainbow Warrior: 16-20, Green Machine: 18-22, IED Worm: 6-8, Wire Worm: 6, Hot Head Scud: 16-18, Ray Charles (tan & pink): 16-18, Sow Bug: Dark or Light Hares Ear: 16-18, Tung. Tail. Sow Bug Rainbow: 14-16, Clouser Crayfish: Olive, Tan, Drk Turkey: 6-10


Streamers| Bling Minnow Pearl, Gold: 6, Sparkle Minnow Sculpin 4-6, Zonker White: 4-6, Jawbreaker White: 1/0-2, Home Invader White, Black: 2, Bellyache Minnow Fire Tiger: 2, Flash Fry White: 4, Micro Zonker: 8, Natural and Copper Zonker: 6-8, Kreelex (gold/silver, black/red): 6, Articulate Sparkle Minnow: 4, Baby Gonga: 8


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