Wednesday Headhunters Fishing Report 10.2.19
Day 2 of October. Liking it already. The morning temps are cool. 17F as we write this. A cool 13F yesterday morning. But the afternoon was fantastic with air temps crawling into the Hi 30’s!
BWO’s: Saw a couple 18’s yesterday. I think that is the Beatis Bicaudatus. Like the look of them. But the big one, the Tricaudatus is yet to be seen. Maybe on the lower reaches. They are coming! Soon we hope.
A great hatch of Pseudo’s, the 24’s, out yesterday though. Good enough to get the dry dropper game working along with the short leash. The short leash was sick in the afternoon. Look for more to come this month ahead into November as the Blue Winged Olive is our primary insect for the Missouri River fall session.
Caddis: Both the small 16’s and the October, I don’t know the smaller one but the October is Trichoptera Dicosmoecus, are on the table. Those tossing the band tan 16 are getting some to hand. Cast it long, drifts it long, hit it hard, and keep at it. Those who follow the advice above are in the game. You gotta stay with it too. Try a Translucent Emerger or Pupa behind your visible fly and get after it. A soft hackle drug behind will get some attention too.
Look for fish working in riffles and beyond. Find the faster water if you like the technique above. Shorelines? If they are quick enough paced.
Callibeatis? Some. A big Adams or Purple Haze is another good choice for your lead fly. Dry-Dropper with a. Two Bit, LGM, Bubble Back, Mkcro May, Peep Show Dark, Radiation Baetis or tiny BWO pattern hung from it will work well. Also do not disregard the power of the Callibaetis Cripple. You could blind that one out there with confidence.
Look for soft water with some silty bottom near you. You will find this bug hatching in this kind of water. If you see a couple CB spinning, tie one on…
Not too much pressure out there. A nice time to be on the Mo. The lower reach may be the busiest? High and bright for the next couple days. We do not care much for that type of bright sky in October and beyond. Overcast is our wish for sure. Do a grey skies dance for us today in your office. Or step outside the cubicle and dance man! Or book a late October or November trip to the Mo, then dance. Promises to be a good one this year.
Weeds: Some and then some days more than some. Not as much up top. Not as much in the Cascade reach. Not much in the churning rapids in and around Half Breed & Sheep Creek. Waning, we think.
Flows and Water Temps: Temps continue to fall. 55.5F this morning. Good times. Trout love that temp! Water flows are hovering above 5K at 5220cfs this am as well. Looks like they may fall according to Stephanie Micek of the DNRC. We will monitor and report to you here on the only updated and accurate fishing report on the Missouri River.
Weather: Average. Cool in the mornings and heating up throughout the day. Get that sun away from us! Looks like nicer air temps as we move through this week ahead. Bring Raingearis, cold weather gear, and flip flops. You can see it all here as we live just on the east side of the Continental Divide. The weather is always variable here in Craig!
Fishing Style? All. Nymphing both deep and short is effective. Close your time of day and fish it accordingly. The secret here is to put the flies where the fish are! Streamer fishing picking up fish too. Swinging? Soft hackles and streamers got it done yesterday on my trip, although they were not attacking it with the fervor we’d hoped for. Today is a new day. Dry-Dropper? Yes. Dry fly only blind fishing? OK. Posted up fishing at rising trout? Some. October and November have it all with fewer anglers in and around you.
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