Missouri River

February 19, 2019

Fishing Conditions

February 19, 2019

Cold, Cold, and more cold in the forecast over this way. That being said, this river has been fishing great if you're willing to brave the elements. Above Craig to the dam is having some very good nymphing. Think Pink out there. Whether it be scuds, sow bugs, small mayflies, or midge nymphs, it will pay to have a pink fly as part of your two fly rig. Running rigs deep has also been the key to having success. The fish have definitley moved into the deepest slowest portions of the river. Dry fly action has been spotty at best out this way. There have been a few midges out and about but the fish have not really been keyed in on the small surface bugs. Keep an eye out though, there have been some sporadic feeders out there. If you head below Craig you can get more fish to go for a streamer. Just run smaller flashy or leech style patterns low and slow. This is a great time to break out the two hander and beat up on some of the slower runs. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: 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, Batwing Emerger BWO: 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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