Missouri River

May 6, 2021

Fishing Conditions

May 6, 2021

Its certainly starting to feel like spring out this way! As usual, a lot of fish are feeding on nymphs up near the dam but you can hook up in any stretch you fish. The MO fish are starting to transition into faster water due to the rising water temps. We have heard good reports of fish taking BWOs and march browns on the surface. A classic parachute adams will do the job for the march browns. If fish are keying in on BWOs we like fishing a purple haze with a green machine trailed behind it. Look for these dry fly eaters in slicks, back eddies, and soft edges of seams. The nymphing has been decent with the tail water standards and your favorite BWO nymph. A good nymphing combo is a rainbow tail water sow bug with a green machine trailed behind it. You can get a bite all day long with the nymphs. The usual suspects such as sow bugs, scuds, worms, eggs and small flashy mayfly attractors are all getting eaten. Pink is typically the hot color for your bugs. Some holes require long leaders and quite a bit of weight. Streamer fishing is getting better slowly, but still not as productive as with nymphs or at times even a dry fly. The streamer bite should be on heating up these next couple weeks!

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Matt’s Midge: 20-2-24, Para Midge: 18-20-22, Brook Sprout, Grey: 18-20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Griffith’s Gnat: 16-18-22

Nymphs: Mighty Mo Soft Hackle Pink: 16-18, Micro Mayfly: 18-20, Military Mayfly: 18-20, RS2's grey, black, olive: 16-20, Juju PMD: 16-20, Red Head Stepchild: 16-20, Indigo Child: 18-20, Rainbow Warrior: 16-20, Green Machine: 16-22, 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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