Archive for the Missouri River Creeks and Oxbows Category

April 21st, 2015: Dragging Bottom for Freshwater Drum

Its that time of year again… time to sample the Freshwater Drum population in your local creek or river.  Get yourself an appropriate sink tip or long leader and a couple weedless lead eyed Hammerhead Missouri Buggers/ roughdubs/ or HH sculpins and its on like donkey kong… I’m using a 16 ft fast sink tip, 6ft leader and lead eyed, weedless fly. Tap bottom till something taps back. Likely spots are around boulders, rock piles, gravel bottoms, heads and tails of pools, water outlets, and tail-waters.

 

 

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Its Been A While…..Mulberry Hatch 2013!

Enjoy….

Fish on 2013: Missouri River Wild Grass Carp on the Fly

I visited “the spot” a couple days ago, seeing several large Grass Carp in the mid to upper creek, which is much deeper than the lower creek in times of low water.  After getting skunked on the Musky front I headed over to the creek for a little look see.  “Up or down the creek?”, I wonder.   Water has been so low that I wondered if they were stacking up below some of the downstream riffles, waiting for higher water while they enjoy the warmer temps of the small creek.  Bingo! about 1/2 mile downstream I found at least 1 or 2 large herds of GC.  I chased them down the creek and back up taking 6 fish, mostly on a black ops variant with sparkle tail. Silver and black on size 8 and you can’t go wrong. I fish a lot of black in sizes 4-8 in the general shape of  wooly buggers and black ops.  Size 4 is great for giant GC, commons, catfish, and hybrid bass, along with drum etc.  So when your not seeing GC you can throw the same flies or a little larger and slaughter everything else in town, and should that GC show himself …no need to change flies.

a grass carp in the water hooked on a fly

The first fish of 2013! Thank you Mr or Ms GC

 

Grass Carp Caught with a small black fly called the black ops

 

One of my best grass carp flies

Black ops sparkle tail, a new them on an old fly...does the trick

 

 

a hooked grass carp swims near a milk jug pollution

The pollution makes for a great size guage in this situation.

 

 

carp and warm water fly

For general warm water fly fishing and Carp...this is a great fly (the species list on flies almost identical to this are very near 100 diff species, for real)

Early June

 

Fly caught small mouth buffalo

 

The last week has been busy.  I’ve spent a good deal of time fishing and exploring accessible Missouri river opportunities, even getting the yak out on the big river.   I’ve also tried a new spot on the lower Meramec and made my way out to the Mississippi.  The big rivers are just incredible places to be!  All in all fishing has been just average, with a good day on the creek this last weekend.  Backstabbers were the fly of choice early in the week, giving way to the trusted rough dub squirrel tail crayfish late in the week.  I even got a Small Mouth Buffalo!  Only the second of my life.

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