Great Nymph Action on the Missouri: Helena Area Outdoor Report
By Matt Schauer

Posted: August 24, 2012

Hi, it’s Angie from Bob Ward & Sons, & welcome to COOLER weather on the HELENA AREA waters!

While you will run into more chilly mornings and clouds on the MISSOURI, it is rather weeded up in many areas. Reports are that NYMPHING has been most excellent, with bugs like a sz 10 Red/Brown San Juan or a sz 14 Grey Scud…or any of your PMD Emergers in 16! Tricos are still keeping the Dry Fly activity alive in the early hours, and you can float a few terrestrials (Hoppers & Ants) during the days (which are much more comfortable now!) & go to your Olive Snowshoe or Outrigger Caddis in the eves…we hear fish are definitely on the feed in the MO, so other than Streamers, which will probably net you a line full of vegetation with all the weeds around, anything else will profit you tremendously! Don’t forget to take along your rain gear, just in case an afternoon rainstorm happens along, which HAS been the case lately!

We’ve gotta let you know that Log Gulch Campground on HOLTER LAKE is closed due to a fire in the area, & there have been other evacuations as well, so steer clear of that mess! Head over to CANYON FERRY where the South End remains the most productive area on the Lakes…Walleye fishing is reported as sporadic, but the guys getting Walleye are trolling plenty deep with crawler-tipped jigs or crankbaits in Perch patterns. Beware of the gusty wind conditions all local lakes have been getting recently!

Come see us in the store for late summer buys on remaining fishing gear, & start loading the box with your Fall flies & Streamers…we have plenty in stock to choose among!..or start thinking HUNTING & check out the newest Archery items, shotguns, & camo clothing! The good sporting in MT continues, regardless of season! We hope to see you on the water, friends! I’m back next week with more…