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Missouri River Fishing Report 06/04/11

We’ve been up on the Missouri River in Craig, Montana for the past several days and despite the less than stellar weather (read as cold and rainy), we managed to have some pretty successful fishing. Currently, Missouri is 14,600 cfs, which is fairly high water flows, but the nymphing is still good – 20 to 30 fish days are doable.

The Dearborn River is still muddying the lower river so Dam to Dearborn accesses are the only real options for fishing at the moment. The predicted warm weather is probably not going to improve the high flows in the near future.

The technique is pretty much the same deep nymph rigs of 9 to 10.5 feet fishing the inside corners in the soft water. Flies are San Juan worms and Czech Nymphs in medium sizes and small size 18 sow/scuds bugs like the Tailwater Scud or beaded headed Ray Charles. The split shot should be at least a big AB or 3/0.

We’ll be back up here the middle of next week but in the meantime, we are heading back to Livingston for a couple of days of private lakes and spring creeks.

While the new Fish Pimp Palace is great it’ll be nice to sleep at home for a couple days.

– somewhere near the water via iPad

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