Monday Missouri River September 17th Fishing Report

Monday Missouri River September 17th Fishing Report

Monday Missouri River September 17th Fishing Report

Cooling air temps and water temps have slowed that un-real top water blind fishing bite. Stopped it? No. But certainly not as red hot as it has been.

Replacing the morning Trico’s are the Pseudos on the lower reaches. They are moving up river as the days pass.

Trico’s are still hatching daily, albeit in smaller numbers, and the spinner fall provides good action later in the morning period. Really good in the right spots.

The ant and hopper action is just OK. Lots tossing it out there and getting some results. Not a terrific bite. But you gotta throw it to know it! Big Adams or Purple Haze still in the game too. But the trout are getting wiser. A true spinner form the Callibaetis family seems to get more interested. A spinner will bring them to the surface as well.

For the nymphing gang the standard issue flies are in the mix. Scuds, sows, worms, Czech’s, Frenchie’s, larger PT and GRHE’s along with October Caddis Pupa’s are ending up in fly cups. The lower end is some derivation of the Little Green Machine. Zebra’s, Little Black Mo, S & M, and any bug within that franchise will get the fish interested.

The entire river is fishing well with more traffic on the lower reaches this past couple weeks. That will increase as the sun gets lower in the sky.

Headhunters is rolling right along with you this Autumn period. We have guides available. We are your first stop for river lodging with more options than you can shake a fly rod at. Our fly selection is burgeoning  as Ninch keeps you in touch with all of the hot flies. Remember that we do not run out of the goods. No way man. We want you to have the best in selection.

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Have a great week folks. And as always we appreciate you support here in downtown Craig Montana.

Tomorrow the 2FER TUESDAY Fly is the SnowShoe Midge. We use this all 12 months. A great pattern to throw at those finicky fish that will not eat the regular patterns! Get your Tuesday online BOGO!



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  • My girls gonna love the horsey pic \III/

  • Mark Raisler, thanks so much for the post.Really thank you! Great.

  • Oh good lord, we’re not going to get into another discussion about how those horses look skinnier than the horses I see on other freestone rivers are we?
    Fall is a wonderful time of year, would be great if everyone could chill a bit and enjoy it instead of being so critical all the time.

  • I love your posts and you’re the best.

  • Like the browns and rainbows, Im non-native and have stayed here for 26+ years because I love it. I appreciate your honest informative posts. Keep it up Mark!

  • Mark,
    Not quite sure what Kevin is talking about. But, just wanted to say that my wife and I fished with “your” guide Ben last September and we had a great day on the water! Enjoy all your posts, very informative and some humor too,

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