Missouri River Baetis Hatch

Missouri river baetis hatchFinally the Missouri is back to her old self for the spring/summer season, meaning some real bugs are peeling off the river and creating some excellent fishing.  Not easy fishing, mind you, but excellent nonetheless if you are willing to put up with some serious weather and make that cast twenty more times before you get it perfect. Which is what Don and I did for three long, cold, windy, and rainsoaked days based out of Wolf Creek.

Missouri river baetis hatchFortunately on the Mo, when the weather goes to shit the bugs go nuts, which may be the only positive at times on that cruel river.  Eventually those big trout heads can’t resist ten million Baetis popping at once and start feeding on the surface somewhere, though the chop on the water makes finding them difficult.  With lots of flats, riffles, back eddies, and channels, finding these fish is a matter of searching that endless river for the areas that will produce today, and definitely not always the same lie from day to day.

Missouri river baetis hatchIn between spotting risers, the nymph game fished stellar at times for us.  Finding the right bug and setting depth and weight was crucial, but once we solved the riddle those big bows were ready and eager to eat.  Our final day was our best: good weather, only a couple hours of gale force wind, a damn good emergence of baetis and march browns, and heavy rising rainbows in a few riffles later in the day.  Find them and they’ll eat right now, on the first good drift.


2 thoughts on “Missouri River Baetis Hatch”

  1. First, thanks for another great fishing experience. It was difficult at times, but worth every minute as you learn more when the fishing conditions are not ideal. What I most appreciate about Jed’s style of guiding is he is really a great instructor ( what you learn is more important than the number of fish you catch ) and when given the chance will give you a live demonstration of proper technique with impressive results. I have heard it said that a guide should not fish with a client. That does not apply to Jed as I learn even more when he demonstrates the proper technique and his caching a fish more times than not. What I have learned from Jed is that if you faithfully follow the proper technique you will catch fish eventually. Technique is more important than the fly so when he catches a fish using my rod and the same fly, it tells me that it is my technique that is at fault and I have to try harder. Thanks again for another great trip and a catch to learn new things about fly fishing.

    1. Thanks for the kudos, Don! Great trip to the big river with you; once again we suffered, overcame, and eventually figured out the riddle to our advantage. Thanks for being a great student, and friend, as the Mo is never an easy endeavor and challenges both fishermen and guides alike. I’m looking forward to our next outing on the big Mo in June, get those PMDs ready to roll and see you in Wolf Creek! Jed

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