Missouri River

July 18, 2018

Fishing Conditions

July 18, 2018

The MO is still cranking but it is on the fall, now running just under 6,190 CFS. The PMD's have been around and fish have been eating them in the softer water and on the flats. Good patterns over here include rusty spinners, bubble backs, brook sprout emergers, and extended body duns. When the sun hits the middle of the sky, the dry fly bite slows a bit. This is a good time to break out the nymph stick. Using PMD nymphs such as a crack back or small PT is a great way to target fish midday. Once the sun starts to creep behind the canyon style walls, the caddis have been out in full force. An X-caddis is a great pattern to target evening risers! The streamer bite is very minimal, a few fish are curious but not many will fully commit. The Dearborn is not pumping mud anymore so that lower water is in good shape. The water on the MO is crystal clear up near the dam. The fish are holding deep and feeding heavily in the mornings. As the afternoon sun gets high and bright, the fishing slows down substantially. Get on the water early or in the evenings for the most effective fishing. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Hi-Vis Paramerger Adams: 18 Purple Haze: 18-20, Ex. Body PMD: 18-20, Wild Turkey Baetis: 18-20-22, Tilt Wing PMD: 18-20, CDC Biot Dun PMD: 18-20, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 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: 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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