Missouri River - Below Holter Dam

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

There are lots of targets to cast to starting around 12pm. However, they are pretty picky right now, and sometimes tough to drift to because of the high winds that we've had out here lately... so you've got to be on your game to get them to eat. It's challenging, but fun. You should have these dries with you: BWO spinners and emergers, and with October caddis popping off soon, a few elk wing caddis as well as a few CDC caddis (in case a random caddis hatch happens throughout the day).
Nymphing has been good, as well, but there are still some weeds in a few spots and some still breaking off and floating downriver. The occasional "fish salad" with end up on your flies, but it shouldn't prevent you from catching some great fish. Green Machine, Weight Fly, Sow Bug, Czech nymph up front dropped by a small, Sow Bug, Love Bug, Zebra Midge, Green Machine, Juju Baetis on 4X (or 5X) about 15" behind the larger but. You can "deep" nymph that with a split shot and indicator set from 3' to 6' or short leash it 1.5'-2.5' behind a small indicator.

Seven-day forecast 

Windy, windy, windy... but warm! Come on out and practice casting in the wind. It will make you a better angler!!!

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Conditions 
Must Have Flies 
Blue Wing Olive Parachute #18-#14 Buy from Orvis.com
Elk Wing Caddis #14-#8 Buy from Orvis.com
Griffith's Gnat #18-#16 Buy from Orvis.com
Conehead Rubber Bugger Black, Olive, Brown, #8-#6 Buy from Orvis.com
Zonker Olive, Brown, White #8-#6 Buy from Orvis.com
Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug Rainbow, Natural #20-#16 Buy from Orvis.com
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