Missouri River

January 2, 2019

Fishing Conditions

January 2, 2019

The Mo is still fishing well if you can find a hole in the weather that makes fishing comfortable. We recommend focusing on the stretch between the dam and craig, but below craig has its days. 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. Dyr 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. The streamer fishing can be good this time of year as well. 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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