Missouri River

May 23, 2017

Fishing Conditions

May 23, 2017

 Six gates were opened this past weekend with a flow over 11000 cfs. At this flow you can't wade fish unless you are up at the dam. It will be a nymphing game right now... make sure to run your bugs deep with a long leader and some splitshot.  Nymphs will be your standard fare of tailwater bugs, caddis pupa, UV Juan Worms, Amex Czech nymphs, Rainbow Warriors, Garrett's Purple Death, Micro Mays, Ray Charles, Etc.The best time to be on the water lately is in the morning. After about 2 o'clock the fishing has been slacking off. If you're looking to do some dry fly fishing it'll be tough at these flows.  


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Low-Rider: 20-22, Renegade: 16-18, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Spider Midge: 18-20, Griffith's Nat: 18-20-22, Quigley's Cluster: 16-20-24, Micro Midge: 20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18, Para Midge: 18-20-22, Neversink Gnat: 18-20-22, Challenged BWO: 16-18-20, Extended Body BWO: 16-18-20, Comparadun BWO: 16-18-20, Wild Turkey Baetis: 18-20-22

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 & BWO: 16-20, Red Head Stepchild: 16-20, Indigo Child: 18-20, Rainbow Warrior: 16-20, UV Glass Bead BWO: 16-18, Bat Wing Emerger BWO: 16-18-20, Green Machine: 18-22, IED Worm: 6-8, Wire Worm: 6, Short Wing PMD Emerger: 16-18, CDC BWO Emerger: 16-18, Hogans Slow Guy BWO: 16-18, Hot Head Scud: 16-18, Ray Charles (tan & pink): 16-18

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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