Fall has arrived on the Missouri River. Fishermen have reported that the BWO hatches have finally started to arrive on the Mighty Mo. That is if you can stand the winds (today winds in Great Falls were sustained over 20 mph with gusts over 30 mph). The discharge rate on the Missouri River below Holter Dam is at 4190 cfs. From there the current water temperature is holding around 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Your
best bet for BWO? Emergers or cripples are the name of the game during the mid day when water temps go up. In the morning and evening, nymphing is always a good bet and probably easier to cast in the high winds as well as streamers. With your nymphs and top water patterns stick to 18 or below size, although you could probably get away with a size 16. Cluster patterns will work, so buzzball, orange asher or griffith's gnat. For top water, a paramerger adams, purple haze, extended body bwo, wild turkey baetis. Nymphs any of your bwo nymphs will work, popular favorites to try here is zebra midge and rainbow czech are favorites here. For streamers, the miracle minnow and clouser minnow are good bets. Have fun tying and even more fun fishing your flies! Until next time I will catch you on the fly!