The Big Hole River is in perfect July shape. We have great water flows and the hatches have been stellar. The morning PMD fishing has been fantastic. Fish have been looking up from daybreak till about 2 o’clock. #10 Purple haze’s and Rocky Mountain Mint’s have been the dry flies our guides have been knocking them out with. In the afternoon after the hatches taper off we have done well with a Golden stone dry and either a #10 Pat’s Stone dropper or a #10 Kyle’s PMD nymph. You will have PMD’s, Drakes, and Golden Stones on the water. We are starting to see some nocturnal stonefly shucks so we are not far off from some fantastic dawn fishing on big Chernobyl dry flies.
Big Hole River Nocturnal Stone Fly Shucks above Melrose
Flies: #8 Golden Cat Puke, #8 Rogue Stone golden, #10 Purple Haze #8 Chubby Chernobyl #16 PMD Cripple black/gold#10 Rocky Mountain Mint, #10 Pat’s Stone #12 Red Copper John #16 Bat Man Nymph orange/brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker