Missouri River

June 23, 2017

Fishing Conditions

June 23, 2017

The mo has been on a consistent fall now down below 8000 CFS. Fish are eating PMD's off the surface but they are spooky. You need to make a good distance cast to them or you will put them down. If you make a bad cast or get too close they will stop eating. There has been a lot of pressure up here so anchoring up and waiting until the fish get used to the boat being there is a good option for the dry fly fishing. The extended body PMD is a good dry fly this time of year as well as a small rusty spinner. The nymph bite has still been the most consistent method of putting fish in the net. Success should come with the standard tailwater bugs, caddis pupa, sow bugs, PMD nymphs, UV Juan Worms, crayfish, rubber legs, Amex Czech nymphs, Rainbow Warriors, Garrett's Purple Death, Micro Mays and Ray Charles. A hot rig at the moment is a crayfish or wire worm followed by a split case PMD.  Another good rig to try is a czech nymph with a rootbeer float PMD behind it. Streamers are also a good bet over this way, throwing buggers or big streamers at the banks has been a good way to pick up some big browns. This is not a numbers game, but the fish that are landed can easily make the day memorable.

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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, 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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