The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.
|General Region||Missouri River|
|Specific Location||Wolf Creek - Craig|
|Dates Fished||June 26 - July 05|
|Time of Day||7:00 - 2:00 & 6:00 to dark (10:00)|
|Fish Caught||Wild browns & rainbows|
|Conditions & Hatches||The water was the lowest I'd seen it since my first trip there in 1995. The flow for all ten days was 2700 cfs with a water temperature ranging from 62 - 69 degrees. I'm more accustomed to seeing flows of no less than 4000 cfs to 6000 cfs for this time period and water temperatures from 58 - 64 degrees. Saw good numbers of PMD's but I'd say sporadic and by no meansd blanket emergences. Better spinner falls than the dun emergences. It really doesn't matter because the Missouri trout just do not eat the duns. They much prefer a floating nymph or what we call a Half & Half; soft webby brown hackle tail, PT fibers twisted and wound for the abdomen and ribbed with XF gold wire, PMD color thorax and either a loop wing of light dun CDC or a stubby CDC wing tied in front of the thorax. Excellent cinnamon caddis emergences at dusk lasting to darkness. Sporadic cinnamon caddis activity throughout the day and good spent caddis action too. It was a little early for the epic Trico emergences and spinner falls but I did have fishable duns and spinner falls the least two days (see picture)|