"Blanket Hatches". This term gets thrown around often, but this week's conditions were perfect. Windless days and good cloud cover provided the backdrop for some of the best Blue Wing Olive (BWO) hatches we have ever seen. Our guests have been catching some incredible fish. Wade fishing spots directly on the ranch saw Baetis so thick, that you could nearly walk across the water. Rising fish are everywhere! Flows are just below 3,200 CFS, and the water temps are between 41-42°F.
Dry Fly fishing is at its best state thus far in 2022. The Blue Wing Olive hatch is on. Anglers fishing a downstream approach with 5x are being heavily rewarded.
Nymph fishing is a great option when the wind picks up, or the sun creates challenging conditions for dry fly fishing. Baetis patterns of all types have continued to work well, along with sow bugs and scuds. Egg patterns fished at the Land of the Giants have been the ticket to landing some massive fish.
Streamer fishing is still producing well. Anglers who want to switch it up, should take advantage of overcast days and present streamers to any likely structure in the river.
The Canyon continues to produce a greater number of fish (albeit in the 14-16" range), and can offer a great change of scenery to the standard Dam-Craig floats.
Drop us a line and we hope to see you soon!
Missouri River Ranch