Great Falls Fishing Report
August 16, 2018
It’s August coming off of a high-water year. That means that the river is carrying a little more flow and is a little cooler than in a low water year. That’s a really good thing! For August, the fishing is really good. Mornings rule. Afternoons are for napping or sipping a beverage while following a hopper.
Every year, the weed beds form up below the dam and the fish congregate around them and feed prodigiously. From the dam to the Wolf Creek Bridge, you can find lots of activity. Little stuff like zebra midges and tiny micro mayflies are the primary players, though scuds, sow bugs, and larger nymphs can get some attention too.
Trico hatches keep on rolling. If your game is strong, you can get eats on the little bitty duns and spinners of the #22-#24 variety. If you prefer a larger target, cluster patterns and caddis might unlock a few lips.
Terrestrials such as; ants, beetles, and hoppers are really fun to throw after trico fishing has taxed your eyes. Now is the time to fish the fun flies.
Floating weeds make fishing large streamers with clingy materials very difficult. Smaller patterns with slippery mylar are the best choice now, as they are easy to rip through the water and remove any clingons. We like the flash n’ grab, the kreelex and the skiddish in the late summer.
Most of the streams are still carrying a little more flow this late summer and that is very good. The Sun River is on Hoot Owl restrictions below HWY 287 but that is typical for the season. Get a little elevation, and you should enjoy some great fishing.
The Lower Missouri River
Not as many smallmouth bass and pike seem to have made their way up this year, but the fishing for other species has been really good. Carp, drum, and channel cats will put a bend in your 8-weight. If you want to have some topwater fun, bring a 3 or 4-weight and fish a hopper or caddis for the goldeye.