Flows coming from Holter Dam are steady at 4,080cfs with temps beginning to creep up in the next few days. The town of Craig has gotten a sneak preview of Fall over the last few days, with a light dusting of snow in the peaks and some higher winds. Water temp has dropped slightly, falling below 60 degrees, so keep an eye open for some BWO’s in the coming days. Trico hatches are tapering off, but pseudo and callibaetis hatches are picking up the slack, providing dry fly opportunities in the mid to late mornings and afternoons. Also, caddis hatches have been spotty, but more prevalent lower in the river. The weeds are still making the streamer fishing a bit difficult, but a few more cold days should help the situation. That being said, if the weather cooperates, these trout can undoubtedly be coaxed into taking multiple streamer patterns. Rolling a hopper in the mid to late afternoon can be quite productive, especially with a nymph or ant dropper. Nymphing is producing as always, especially higher in the river. Continue reading
Flows on the Mo remain steady around 4300cfs out of Holter Dam. Night-time air temperatures are in decline which is keeping the trout cool, happy and eager to eat. Mornings continue to provide the best dry-fly opportunities, but expect slower starts on the real brisk mornings, as the Tricos need time to warm up and become active as well. Hatches remain strong and fish will look for spinners in the trico, pseudo and calibaetis flavors well into the late morning. Grasshoppers and ants have been getting it done throughout the river from mid-day through the evening. Great reports are a little more inconsistent on the upper end but work any stretch well and it will provide you with a bounty of HOPPERTUNITIES!
The Missouri River is a special place for many people. I appreciate the fact that I live so close to the river and can fish here nearly any day of the year. Time spent alone on the river is time well spent and therapeutic. However, to me, I really enjoy bringing friends to the river and sharing the experience with them. Pictured above is my friend, K. Cooper Mitchell D.D.S. I recently shared an evening float on the MO fishing with Doc Mitchell. A fantastic evening it was, but on more than one occasion I noticed the Doc cringed while I pulled and bit tippet materials with my teeth. Pretty sure I’ll be getting some stern advice this fall on my semiannual trip to Park View Dental. -MikeB
Last weekend was my first time. Someone I know showed me how. It was so simple. It was so intimate. It was so fun. And now I’m addicted! What could it be, you ask? Tenkara. Continue reading