July and August: Fly Fishing the Missouri River

Lower Missouri River Drought of 2012

Carp cuaght on a fly in missouri


Conditions have conspired to keep me from posting for some time now.   I had intended to follow up the last post with a video compilation focusing on my techniques for grass carp, or maybe just me catching grass carp.  Long story short…I couldn’t upload the compilation for some reason and had already erased most of the good individual video’s  I wanted to include.  This, coupled with the seriously crippling heat wave,  difficulty accessing some of my favorite water,  followed by the summer Olympics has led me into a sort of blogging malaise.    On the bright side I do have some footage I can post shortly (A, B, C, Gar) and I have been able to get out occasionally and catch some fish.  The Missouri river has been low all year and is incredibly beautiful.  Grass Carp are the staple fish in the big river but Commons, Drum, Bass, Catfish, and Bluegill  are often found in feeder creeks.  I like to use small crayfish or small black nymphs for most of my fishing, but have also found damsel green backstabbers to be a good alternative.



4 Responses to 'July and August: Fly Fishing the Missouri River'

  1. Gregg Martin says:

    Chris, what wonderful fishing you have! I’ll say these things, I still believe that wild grass carp are much more receptive to a fly than their sterile pond cousins, and that with your photography, fishing skills, time on the water and knowledge, in all sincerity I think you could write the book on carp and Midwest coursefish. Always enjoy what you have!


  2. Fish adage says:

    Excellent Grass Carp videos….and that was a dandy gar, too! So cool that you got the “takes” on the videos!

  3. FishnDave says:

    Great videos of the Grass Carp and the NICE gar! LOVE seeing the “takes”!

  4. McTage says:

    Everything has been weird this year. Hopefully next year will be alittle more normal. Hasn’t slowed you down TOO much it looks like though!

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