Missouri River

August 20, 2017

Fishing Conditions

August 20, 2017

 It's Trico time in the mornings, really good hatches are coming off in the early mornings around dawn. Then during mid-morning you can catch the spinner fall. There will be spent Trico's, Caddis and PMD's. Mid-day has been getting hard to get into the fish. You really have to be on your "A" game for casting and be very stealthy. The fish are spooked very easily, make your first cast count. Streamer fishing has really got tough due to the amount of weeds in the water. A good rig for those tricky trico fish is running a sunk spinner beneath a royal wulff or bigger rusty spinner. This is also a good time to break out your ants and beetles in the afternoons as well as a few hoppers. Terrestrials can pick up fish throughout the river system. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Hackle Stacker Trico: 20, Pearl Butt Trico: 20-22, Parachute Trico: 18-20-22, C-UM Spinner Trico:20-22, Drowning Trico: 18-20-22, C-UM Spinner PMD: 14-16, CDC Spinner PMD: 16-18, Adult Spent Caddis: 14-16

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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