Missouri River

October 23, 2018

Fishing Conditions

October 23, 2018

The Mo is running great and fishing well right now! Its full on Baetis season over here right now. These bugs are generally best from about noon to 5 but be ready to see some heads at all time of the day. A small extended body dun or a small cdc emerger are great bets. Midges will still work well at times too. A griffiths gnat or a matts midge are both good bets. Try fishing to the risers from 45 degrees up river so the fish see the fly before the leader. Nymphing is still a good bet. Running small baetis nymphs, zebra midge style patterns, or sow bugs will touch some fish. Run the nymphs deep in the upper portion by the dam. Streamer fishing has been alright, but as usual, you get a lot more slashes then you get eats. Just stick with it and eventually one of the bigger fish will get buttoned on!


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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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