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Hank Bechard with a nice bow caught on a baetis nymph
George wade fishing below the Untouchables bridge

We fished the Missouri last weekend and as usual it was pretty solid, perhaps a little slower than usual.  It had been quite sunny over their, making it more of a nymph game.  We saw a few pods of fish actively feeding on dries, but these fish were in the 8-16″ range.  While we had clouds a huge number of midges came off in the morning along with some small size #20-22.  The fish were definitely more interested in the baetis.  It definitely paid to stop, get out and nymph a riffle thoroughly.  A czech nymph plus a B split shot, perhaps a little more and a heavily tied baetis nymph was our best combo.  For most of the day we stuck with throwing streamers, which wasn’t exceptionally effective… oh well, we kept at it and in the end, we did move a few nice browns and managed to farm a couple 20+ fish on streamers.  Small and natural was the way to go, larger “Yellowstone style” streamers got us nothing.