I had three days on the Missouri last weekend. Fishing was solid, though varied dramatically depending on the weather.
On Friday, we had calm wind and cloud cover – perfect BWO weather. In the morning before the hatch got going, we found our fish mostly in moderate-depth water on pink mayfly nymphs and larger pink Chewy Caddis. After lunch the BWO started hatching. While there were a few smaller trout rising, the larger fish were hard on BWO nymphs in the faster boulder fields. We put 20-25 fish in the boat.
On Saturday we had bright skies, calm wind, and lots of boat traffic. In other words, tough conditions. In the morning, BWO nymphs and sowbugs in the moderate depth, moderate current water produced fish, but after lunch we went super deep (15-16′ leaders, six or seven split shot, straight over the side of the boat) with sow bugs and egg patterns to get fish, and it wasn’t exactly a ball of fire. We again put about 20-25 in the boat, but there weren’t as many big fish as the first day and it wasn’t as interesting dredging them up out of deep water
On Sunday, the wind was up and it rained most of the day. We wound up quitting at about 3:00, so we actually wound up with fewer fish than either of the previous days, but the fish we got were almost all very solid. Again it was BWO nymphs in the morning. In the few short runs we made in the afternoon, the fish were all over sowbugs.
I’ve got at least two trips up there this week. I’ve spent the last week restocking my sow bugs and BWO nymphs.
We took a lot more pics than this, but way too many of them only wound up on the clients’ phones.