Missouri River

April 23, 2018

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2018

 The fishing has been a little tougher than usual for April. It's most likely due to the multiple low pressure systems that keep rolling across Montana. We have a system that will be here tonight and tomorrow but the weather looks calm for the rest of the week. You are going to have to start adding some length to a nymphing leader. Usually this is the time of year we are using a 15' rig. Weed beds are being disturbed and will put a lot of scuds and sow bugs in the flow. Bright worms will sometimes light them up during the beginning of Spring. We are so very close to the Blue Wing hatch that you might want to try a dry during the afternoon.


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Hi-Vis Paramerger Adams: 18 Purple Haze: 18-20, Ex. Body BWO: 18-20, Wild Turkey Baetis: 18-20-22, Tilt Wing BWO: 18-20, CDC Biot Dun BWO: 18-20, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 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: 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, Short Wing PMD Emerger: 16-18, 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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