Mid-Week Missouri River Update
The sun is out, the bugs are not, the subsurface bite is on.
The sun will go away as we roll over this hump day and look towards the weekend. Rain on Saturday. Back to fall weather. Bring it.
Until then the nymphing is shit hot. As good a September bite has been in several years.
Anglers from the top @ Holter Dam to the bottom @ Cascade have been scoring well with small BWO & mayfly nymphs of all kinds. Size 12 PT’s tapering down to sz 20 or sz 22 tiny micro BWO nymphs. Micro Mays, S & M, Radiation BWO, Little Green Machine, Mat’s Auto-Cad, Pearl LB, Two Bits, Olive Zebra, WD 40’s, and the like.
Some with split shot in the am and moving toward throwing the short leash in the afternoon as the bugs move up in the water column. Mid length rigs with the water flows not a bad idea either. 4′ to split is a common theme. Or a bit shorter.
Any way you cut it it s really quite good out there.
The juvenile bite is on as well. Smaller rainbows will charge the fly anywhere int he river, certainly below Craig, the canyon, and beyond.
Dry fly anglers not too much to be excited about in the high and bright sun. The rising fish seem to go away. But the cloudy seasonal forecast this weekend will be much better. The fish when up have been catchable with tiny cripples, spinners…the normal Missouri River fare.
Blind dry fly dudes can get a few on ants, hoppers, attractors.
Streamer fishing better with inclement weather. It is coming. New streamer lines and Trout Spey gear arriving daily. Stop in and chat with our expert two handed crew about anything Trout Spey. We have demo rods as well. And the only demo line program in the region, if not the state.
Looking good for the remainder of the month but well into October and November. Make your late season plans today. Guides, lodging, and fun for all in the next 2 months!
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