Missouri River

April 17, 2019

Fishing Conditions

April 17, 2019

 The dam flow increased again as we had this wet weather move into the area and more lake ice began to melt upstream in the river system. The length of your leader has been changing. Above Craig has been the reaches to short leash, below is where you should lengthen your rig. The Dam to Craig is where most everyone is still fishing. Soft hackles with worms, Scuds with small midges. Access ramps are fine now to float lower down but below the Dearborn has got some dirty water dumping in above Mid Cannon. That is as low as anglers are going. The seam of dirty water as it flows into the river can hold a number of fish looking for food. 


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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, Royal Wulff:16-20, Batwing Emerger BWO: 16-20

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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