Missouri River Report 06/26/10

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It’s been just a stellar week here in Craig, Montana on the Missouri River working with Headhunters Fly Shop.  The fishing has been good to great overall this week even with the lack of dry flies.  We’ve got another 2 days up here and then it’s off to the Yellowstone River where the reports we are getting is that its about to start happening!


PMDs in the morning and some caddis in the afternoon – although the hatch was pretty weak yesterday.

Weather & Water Conditions:

As we mentioned the weather has been pretty much perfect.  If you’ve been following the blog at all you’ve probably seen that the river has dropped to 16,000 cfs, which is still big and there have been several sunken boats over the past 7 days!  If you come up be very careful of the strong eddie lines.

Best Technique:

There is really no dry fly action so its all nymphing. Your rig should be about 7 to 9 ft to the 3/0 split shot (big).  You have to find the softer water which is on the insides  or backs of the islands or the inside bend of the river.

Best Bugs:

You should be running the Brain Buster wire worm all day.  In the morning our best trailer fly was the Hot Head Scud or the Hot Head PMD nymph in a 14 or 16 size.  In the afternoon our best trailer was the same, but we also had luck on the beaded diving caddis.

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