Missouri River Fly Fishing

A few Missouri River October Fly Fishing Tips

We are in full swing for the month of October. Lots of stuff happening. Not the big bugs yet but they gotta be on the way. Tons of Pseudo’s around almost every day. Monday brought the advent of the true baetis in an 18. Sunny and warmer conditions on the way as we move into the middle of the month.

A few Missouri River October Fly Fishing Tips

  • Sleep in. No rush. The sun needs to rise for the bugs to move up in the water column.
  • Think opposite, do something different, of the rest of the gang. Be smart and you too can stay out of the boat and wade fisher hatch. Think about it and execute your plan.
  • Blind fish some of your favorite water. You may be surprised.
  • You can employ all three disciplines for any given day. It is fun to fish all three during the day.
  • Don’t fish like a dick. It is quite rude.
  • Tons of non-local locals around and hunting some heads.
  • October is short. You should come out. It gets cold in November.
  • 3 words. B.W.O.
  • Overcast. 45F. Moisture in the air. Calm.
  • We love October.
  • A parachute Adams works well. Check out the shop for a vast selection of Cripples, Emergers, Spinners.
  • Make the first cast a good one. The initial drift is king! Honest.
  • The swing bite is good. You like a Scandi line. Floating line? Well then this is your time. Swing the fly in the top of the water column. It is good ind you will show it to the fish in the lower water flows this fall.
  • Faster water is the better water.
  • Strippers are killing it. Bright, or drab. Light lines here too. Need a new Streamer Fly Line? I bet you do. Slippery new fly lines shoot better.
  • P.S. Those who clean their fly lines seem to cast better. RIO Fly Line Cleaning Towelette at HH of Craig is the best $1 in fly fishing.
  • Headhunters open daily at 8am. The Best Flies Under the Big Sky. And certainly your best Swing Fly Shop in the West, definitely on the Mo. Honest.
  • Fish til dark if you wish. Some good things can happen during that evening session. The wind can knock down, the fish become confident, and the light is fabulous.
  • The fishing is good. Yup. October 2021. Call us today for more info…



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