There's no shortage of folks on the Missouri now. It's clear but still a little high for wading. Just a tad over 8000 c.f.s yesterday. I had to go and take a look just to see for myself what those water levels meant. Well, what it means is that it's fishable for a wading angler, although one needs to pick their spots. Boaters on the other hand have lots of spots to choose from.
The biggest issue is not in finding fish, but rather in what happens after hooking one. They're just harder if not impossible to chase with the deeper water and flooded banks. So one hopes, as I did, often, that there's enough backing. One fish took me down to the last few turns of the spool before the knot gave out at the fly. I was relieved to see the fly line after having recovered my backing. That fish might be to Great Falls by now.
So, it's PMD time. Finally. A sparse hatch yesterday, but there were plenty of spinners. They kept the fish interested and eating on top for better part of the day.
So, how was the fishing? Well, I lost the first six fish that I hooked. After they'd made their obligatory downstream run I'd get them within a rod length only the have the hook pull out. I was starting to think that this wasn't to be my day, but then the numbers improved and fish started coming to net. I broke for lunch around 1:30. My eyes were pretty well fried from staring at the water anyway, so the break was appreciated.
Around 2:30 I started feeling guilty about dozing in the car. Back upstream I went. Fish were still rising, spinners were still on the water. A few caddis were buzzing around too. I hooked several fish before encountering the "devil fish" that nearly cleaned me out. I caught several more after that. By 5:30 an aching right forearm said enough. I agreed and called it a day.