CrossCurrents Fly Shop out of Craig reported on March 18th that the fish don’t seem to mind this up-and-down weather in the Missouri River.
It’s mid March, that time of year when we could have mid 50’s and sunny one day, then 34 degrees and snow the next. The fish don’t seem to mind though, they are very willingly eating nymphs and streamers; plus when the conditions are right, they are targeting midges on the surface. The water temp is still staying right around 35 degrees, but she is flirting with 36 from time to time. Winter water holding areas are still very key for finding and catching fish, although we are starting to see a few fish move into shallower water. Seasons are definitely changing. Flows have been on the rise lately, instead of being in the 5000cfs range, we have been in the 6000cfs range the last few days. Be careful if you’re out there wading around.
To read what the story is with nymphing, streamers and dry flies, too, click here.