Missouri River

July 14, 2019

Fishing Conditions

July 14, 2019

PMD's are starting to tail off, but the caddis fishing has been epic! There have also been reports of drakes and this is certainly the time to be on the MO. The area from Craig to stickney has had the most consistent action on the surface. 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. They wont refuse. During the heat of the day, nymphing has been pretty consistent. Scuds, sow bugs, 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 bug or a rainbow warrior have also been good bets. In terms of caddis, this particular strain of caddis spins at night, so the spent caddis patterns will be a good bet. This is a very overlooked hatch but can provide awesome fishing in the low evening light! Keep an eye for tricos as well. The little bastards cant be far off. 

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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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