Update from the Missouri
Thinking that I’m really glad that I’m not tasked with trying to find some fish around the Bozone this week! Much easier up here in Craig right now. Caddis are popping on the lower river right now and the fish should get on them any day now. I’m sure that the late evening angler can find plenty of fish rising in soft water edges right now. Nymphing though, has been solid to awesome the last couple of weeks and I don’t think that will change anytime soon.
My ‘go to” rig has been pretty much the same everyday the last coupe of weeks. High water flows have got me trying to maximize the time that our flies are in the “strike zone.” So, I have been running about 6’ of 4x off a tippet ring attached to about 12” of 20-pound tippet looped to the fly line. The finer diameter tippet sinks quicker than a traditional tapered leader and stays down in heavy currents. The flies have varied slightly but basically a sowbug with a caddis pupa dropped a foot below the first fly. Late in the day, I’ve been changing to a worm with a firebead sowbug rig.
Although the water is high right now, regional tailwater like the Missouri and Bighorn continue to be great choices right now. This is one of my favorite times of year for these two rivers as warming water gets those fish moving and eating well. The weeds of summer aren’t even close to being an issue either. Get out there and enjoy some great early season fishing right now…just find some clean water!