Missouri River

June 15, 2021

Fishing Conditions

June 15, 2021

 The MO fish are starting to transition into faster water due to the rising water temps. Flows are still low at 3420 cfs. The Dearborn has dropped and is no longer pumping mud into the river. The dry fly bite has been pretty inconsistent. There are sporadic PMDs on the lower river currently, the PMD hatch should get better as we progress into summer. The nymph bite has been good in most stretches with PMDs, caddis and the usual suspects such as sow bugs, scuds, worms, and small flashy mayfly attractors all getting eaten. A good nymphing combo is a rainbow tail water sow bug with a green machine or splitcase PMD trailed behind it. You can get a bite all day long with the nymphs. Some holes require long leaders and quite a bit of weight, other stretches short leashing your nymphs has been better. 

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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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