Missouri River

October 21, 2019

Fishing Conditions

October 21, 2019

 The Missouri has been fishing but it hasn't been easy with the conditions. Weeds in the water column are the big issue. They are floating under the surface and can make streamer fishing tough because of how many times you are cleaning your flies. The mid-afternoon is getting hatches of small Blue Wings in sheltered areas from the wind. Don't get close or they will spook. It's a time when a long case is needed, usually about 30 feet. Some days they are sipping the emergers more than the Duns. Flies like the Bat Wing are good for the sippers. Some better reports from the past weekend were from Craig downstream.


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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, Bat Wing Emerger:16-18-20, Film Critic BWO: 16-18-20

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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