Missouri River

April 12, 2021

Fishing Conditions

April 12, 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 nymphing has been decent with the tail water standards and small midges. 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 Baetis are starting to show. A little calm and clouds goes a long way in getting the heads up. Keep an eye out for the bulk of the hatch coming in the next few weeks. The start of the baetis can epic!

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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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