Missouri River

September 22, 2018

Fishing Conditions

September 22, 2018

The mo is running at 4670CFS. The tricos are the dry fly hatch of choice right now, but we are starting to see a transition into fall baetis pretty quickly. The fish are keying in and fishing is getting good. Try a rusty spinner or a little black spinner. If the fish won't eat, dont be afraid to throw a small terrestrial out there such as an ant in a size 18. 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 baetis nymphs such as a crack backs or small pheasant tail is a great way to target fish midday. The streamer bite is very minimal, a few fish are curious but not many will fully commit. 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 a bit. 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 Wild Turkey Baetis: 18-20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, CDC Biot Dun BWO: 16-20, Iwan-E Dun Thorax BWO:16-20, Batwing Emerger BWO: 16-20

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, 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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