November Missouri River Fishing Report 11.7.16
The water temperatures are above normal.
How much above normal? We saw temps like we are having this week, currently 51F, the last 3 years. But 4 years ago, 2013, we saw water temps at 46.5 this week. And 2012 we witnessed water temps at 49F. So it is above normal.
The weather is sunny. Not normal for this time of year either.
It has been sunny and windy this past couple weeks. More normal is overcast and windy.
So we move into the front end of our winter season with unseasonably weather conditions. We are used to this kind of consistency with the weather. Consistently inconsistent. The norm here in central Montana.
Average. The nymphing has been staying strong. Deep in the morning, deep all day if you wish. Short if you like. Medium too. Find your lane, your shelf, your zone and fish it.
Small BWO nymphs rule. Sows. Scuds. Worms.
The streamer fishing continues to be hit and miss. Some days they are interested and others they, the trout, are not. Yesterday was black. Some had success not eh Kreelex. The Skiddish Smolt has had its wins as well. Intermediate tips have been the norm with the water levels of 3400cfs. Skinny water out there so you could toss your dry line streamer line if you wish. Some are tossing the T-8 tip also.
Dry fly fans not too much to get excited about. A few fish not he margins and they have proved to be quite difficult. Be on your game as they are some what spooky holding in thin water in the high bright sunny conditions. So be precise.
Dry fly patterns? Small techy or big and gaudy. The blind dry fly game has been decent in the afternoons. October caddis, attractors like and Adams, Purple Haze, a skittering caddis, and the like.. Baby Chubby? Yup.
Swing Season in effect. Come by and learn about how to get on board. We have the ways and means.
All Winter Long!
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