Fall is definitely here and the fishing has been outstanding! With firearm hunting seasons going on, the river feels like a ghost river most days, while a majority of people focus on chasing deer and elk in the woods. There are still people wading and floating the river, but the number of people is relatively low considering how great the river is fishing currently.
Nymph fishing is, like most days, the best way to catch good numbers of fish. The usual flies like fire bead wireworms, czech nymphs, zebra midges, love bugs, green machines, and military mays will all produce fish. Streamer fishing has been hit or miss, there have been days where boats have gone out and landed one fish in 5-6 hours, and then there are days where boats will land a dozen fish in a couple hours. Evening and night time streamer fishing has produced a more consistent bite, if you do get out in the evening, think big for the streamer! The last couple days have seen overcast days with little to no wind, which has provided some excellent dry fly fishing. Tie on small BWO patterns, cluster midges, and drop a small nymph off the back for best results. The Fall baetis hatches have been pretty strong, then throw in the psuedos and midges that are still on the water and you have a pretty good buffet for the trout to feed on. I prefer dry flies with cdc on them, they always seem to produce well on the MO, but even traditional flies like Parachute Adams and Royal Wulffs have been performing well.
Bottom line is if you want some near June like fishing without the June crowds, get out on the MO while we have the current weather that we do, because the trout are happy and healthy and fighting strong!