Missouri River

June 3, 2020

Fishing Conditions

June 3, 2020

Conditions have made nymphing the best way to get into fish and we have been getting great reports. The usual suspects such as worms, scuds, sow bugs, mayfly nymphs and soft hackles have been getting the job done. The Dearborn has been droping the last couple days making the lower stretches a viable option for floating. The Dam to Craig stretch was fishing well with hot head ray charles and rainbow sow bugs. That being said, the lower down you fish the more you will and to focus on mayfly and caddis nymphs patterns. You'll want to fish your indicator about 6-8' from your first fly. Caddis and PMDs should start showing there presence here soon. Make sure your box is stocked up with those dries if you head that way. If you would rather fish some streamers, the double bugger is hard to beat, although they are starting to eat some bigger flies as well. Swinging leaches, kreelexes and sculpin patterns have resulted in some nice fish.  On some of the sunny days, it has been hard to beat a JJ special with a black or Olive wooly bugger behind it. If the sun is out its been better with a darker pattern such as black or dark olive. The Missouri is a great option during runoff while other rivers are blown out throughout the state.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Hi-Vis Paramerger Adams: 16 Purple Haze: 12-16, Pullover PMD 16-18, Loop Wing PMD 16-20, Brook Sprout PMD 16-20, Last Chance PMD 16-20, Parachute Caddis 14-18, CDC Emerger Pink 14-20, Missing Link Caddis 14-20

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: 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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