Monday Morning July 31 Missouri River Fishing Report
Trico’s. Going good. Some mornings they seem to not get out of bed though. So, we hope they are getting after it as you are out on the water. Yesterday was a good day. Floated Craig to Mid Canon and lots of action. Less pressure from anglers allowed the fish to rise freely for hours and hours. But, make the first couple count. Casts I mean. Even good drifts through some of those fish put them down. High and bright sun along with a couple months of hard core pressure have educated the Missouri River trout. And, yes, pods of fish rising.
Hoppers. Pink and purple. Green and tan. Yellow too. Any color of the rainbow or any fly pattern you like. Not enough info on the hopper bite yet to give you c=some conclusive information here not his educationally slanted blog. Come in and ask Ninch. He knows. Lots of afternoon action on them. If you get a take a mile that is good. Some days have been stellar. But yet others not as good. Fish the 18″-36″ moving water. Banklines too. Hoppers are fun. You all know how to fish the hopper pattern. Don’t you?
Ants. Yes. Red and black. Check out yesterdays fly box selection. Fish them. Need a few more to add to your ant arsenal? We got ’em at the shop. Flying ones are good too!
Caddis. Some around but not as many as we had even last week. So a few out there. Don’t count on them to get you through the afternoon. Take a break in the afternoon and early evening. Some around near dark. A skittering or spent caddis will get the job done. Spruce Moths seem to work as well. You should have a few at the ready though. Stock up on them at Headhunters, the best fly selection on the Missouri River for sure. Come price it to yourself. Stop in today!
PMD’s. Done. A few last bugs holding on. A good run for the PMD this year again as we saw the first emergence in late May. Then really strong through June and into July. They did disappear about the end of the third week of July. SO a strong 8 weeks in my book. A few spinner falls left but not anything to write home about. We look forward to next year. Good-bye PMD’s.
Weather. Hot. Smoky too. Looks like some cooler temperatures in the near future. At least we are not touch the century mark like we did yesterday. Mid 90’s a week from now. Let’s turn it around for the month of August. Last August was stellar. Could we see fantastic fishing conditions and weather this August? Maybe?!
Water Temps. About average here too. Some years it gets to 70F in the month of July. Not this year. If the summer continues to be hot we will see it move upwards a bit. But as August historically is about 1/2 of 1 degree cooler than July, we should be OK. If we follow the average.
Water Flows. 4070cfs. Average for this time of year. Look at those triangles not eh chart. That is the median daily flow for that date for the last 71 years. So, right on the average there. Should continue to be the same for the foreseeable future. Through next March. Unless it isn’t. Expect it to stay the same.
Weeds. Lots of them. Not tons of the gooey shit in the water column yet. But I expect we will see that goo develop as the warm weather continues. So keep it tuned here for more updates. Nymphing can be difficult with that shit in the water. Short leashing can be good as it does not penetrate the water as deeply. Your choice. It is all bad. Why not just dry fly your day away…
Headhunters Hours and Craig MT Lodging. Open daily 6-9. Lodging available for the foreseeable future. Guides too. August is one of our slower months as the rest of Montana is generally fishing quite well. Lots of restrictions out there so check your local waters to see if there are any rules to fishing later in the day. OR ask us. Headhunters Fly Shop is the information source in the central Montana corridor.