Once again, the Missouri River proved why it’s one of the finest rivers in the world. Without a doubt, it ranks in my top five favorite places to wet a line. Why? Well……cause, it just does. If you haven’t seen her, then it really is hard to explain, but from an angling point of view, the options are endless. The trout are plenty. The scenery is spectacular. Need I say more?
Jonathan Heames called way back in the spring and asked me to to hold some dates open for a group of ladies coming to the Missouri and hosted by Patty Reilly. I had never met Patty, but of course her name has been all over the fly fishing world for 30+ years, so I was excited to fish with her and the ladies. A full group of women anglers was refreshing. It’s rare that the entire group of anglers is female and I must say, we all had a wonderful time. Women have a much different style of angling than men. They really enjoy being on the river, watching the wildlife and scenery and there is not a care in the world for how many fish they bring to hand, which almost always results in a pile of fish being caught throughout the day.
These ladies, six in total, did not want to fish nymphs. Which, is how 75% of the anglers who visit the Missouri usually fish all day long. While there is nothing wrong with nymphing and I firmly believe it’s a skill to master, I was so effing happy not to stare at the bobber for three days straight. We primarily fished streamers, dry flies and from time to time we covered the river with a dry -dropper rig. So, in fact, we did fish nymphs, but it was in shallow riffles or on scum lines where fish are known to rise. On the last morning, the two ladies in my boat actually said it was okay to tie on a nymph rig and that they were interested enough in trying it out. Needless to say, it was working quite well and by lunch they wanted to try something different. At that point, the pseudos had popped with a enormous emergence and we fished dry the rest of the day. I saw quite a few October Caddis around and a #12 Orangeish-yellowy-tan Chubby was a great bug for us as well. Not tons of fish ate the Chubby, but enough did to make it worthy of tying on.
Thanks for a great trip ladies, see ya next October!