Spring is here, it’s been here for about 2 months now. With spring weather comes the roller coaster of flows on the freestone rivers associated with low elevation snow melt and rain. It happens every year, spring warming trends and rain will bring the rivers up and out of shape for several days at a time during March and April. This year the high flows seem to be sustaining with above average temps that are maintaining well above average flows. The safest bet is to head to the Missouri River and throw your bobber and pink fly out on the upper river and catch some fish. If you’re not really into that, then gamble a bit by watching the flows and roll the dice on a swollen west side river, which often results in a 5ft worm dropper off a huge chubby for a hand full of fish. Or you can always fish the other 25+ miles of Missouri below Craig and try your luck with some foam flies and streamers. You’ll probably sacrifice your numbers but it’s good to mix it up.
We have recently updated our river flows page to incorporate all the necessary graphs in one place. Pay attention to dropping flows and roll the dice, or drive to the Missouri…
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