Missouri River

March 29, 2020

Fishing Conditions

March 29, 2020

 The flow is nice and steady with just a small bump up to 5440cfs. With this flow and the day's getting longer you can do some of the longer floats. None of the ramps have any issues with snow or ice, even Mountain Palace. Nymphing has been the best way to get a number of fish but all this mild weather is going to have fish rising for the midge hatch. Late in the day has been the best time to try to get into a dry fly bite. The bite isn't very consistent on one perticular fly pattern. The color pink is working better than most other colors sub surface. If you would rather fish some streamers, the double bugger is hard to beat. On some of the sunny days, it has been hard to beat a JJ special with a black or Olive wooly bugger behind it. If the sun is out its been better with a darker pattern such as black or dark olive. When the cloud cover comes back it is better to go bright like chartreuse.

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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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