Fly fishing on the Missouri River in Montana is pretty darn good right now. We would love to say its great, but are biting our tongues as we are watching our water levels fluctuate a bunch lately. Fortunately, things are on the drop… for now???
The dropped the river close to another 1000 cfs today. This puts us right around 9,500 cfs currently. This is still a lot of water for this time of year, but we are good with it. Hopefully they can hold it somewhere around here for a while, so the fish and bugs can get a solid groove going.
The PMD’s are hatching each day. Some days are better than others though. But you can expect to see the bugs. Sometimes early. Today, they were a little later than expected. But they still came. Once the bugs are there, you can find fish rising for them. But with this much water, you really need to know where to look.
A PMD cripple is still our first dry fly out of the box. If they get snotty, a rusty spinner is an excellent second choice. The fish have been very willing to eat, if the fly is presented well.
Nymphing remains very good as well. Deep is still best with a variety of sow bugs, pmd’s and caddis leading the charge. Crawfish and rubber legs are working in the fast water as well. But excellent numbers can be had for those willing to nymph them up.
Hopefully we find a nice steady flow for the river here soon. We assume this will allow us to find a bit more regular schedule for the insect hatches around here. But regardless, the Missouri River is fishing very well right now.
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