Late October November Missouri River Fishing Planner

Late October November Missouri River Fishing Planner

Good times here on the Mo. Calm this week and last. Calm most of the month. Cold all week long, this week past, including snow and vacant waters.

That is the type of weather we yearn for here on the Mo in the fall session. So many good things come from the proper water temperature, right now a perfect 53F with flows holding at approximately 4000cfs.

The week ahead brings us a more seasonable weather. Temps crawl out of the basement tomorrow reaching into the 30’s as we try to enjoy more normal temps for the weekend. Really a good time to be out there. Enjoy your morning at home, locals, and head to the river after lunch. Fish the hatch or strip your way to success as the late day session ensues.

BWO’s: Coming. The true baetis fly is on the menu. Not yet. Maybe yesterday some were seen. Today? Probably. Will let you know when the lid comes off the fall favorite the BWO. Historically stays about a month. But the past several years, or decade, the fall olive showing has been pretty weak. If not at all some years. So we are holding our breath.

And if it comes, we have some strong dry fly sessions to come. Some years through Thanksgiving. Let’s hope this is one of those years.

Izaak’s last day will be tomorrow October 28th.  Joe’s Bar open mostly daily, variable hours. Lazy I Brewery in WC open into November. Cascade has the Driftwood and the Angus that both serve until 9. Don’t be late in the fall though unless you just want to drink your dinner at any local eatery.

The river is pretty quiet in late October and November. Most days you will see a couple guides at the end of season pulling streamers in the afternoons.

A few dry fly fellers out there staring at fly boxes knee deep in the Missouri River killer flats. Remember that any great parachute baetis pattern that you love will work. Also Harrop spinners. DOA Poly Wing Cripples, CDC Cripples, and your favorite emerger. We love the Cripple!

Nymphers running the short leash with high rate of success. Tiny BWO mayfly imitations hung below a Czech Nymph/Bubble Yum or favorite scud or sow bug. Purple still on fire too.

The 2 handed trout contingent lives here for the next couple months. Strong swing bite along with the solitude makes us smile amongst the snow.

River Lodging wide open. Guide trips available for either 2 handers or single handers.

Lots of great time left on the Mo in 2023. Give us a shout @ 406-235-3447 ext 2 to chat about fishing, dry flies, and swinging!

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  • Christopher Ingrassia
    October 20, 2022 1:32 pm

    I am considering a trip out to fish. I love to swing soft hackles here in the East but I use a 9 foot 5 or 6 weight rod with a floating line. Is it necessary to achieve success to use a 2 handed spey rod on the river to swing soft hackles? What is the advantage of a spey rod other than keeping the fly off the bank?

  • Give it a few days for a warm up into next week. Then be ready for some great conditions and fishing – if it can get any better …… 🙂

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