Tuesday, August 27, 2019

August 27th, 2019 Beaverhead River Fishing Report – Hoppers. Grasshoppers. Crickets.

Undoubtedly, you have heard about this summers hopper fishing, and the Beaverhead is at the top of the list. Quality trout on grasshopper patterns. Presentation has been key and with tight drifts there have been explosive strikes of the surface. Small hoppers in tannish, yellow, or pink tones with nice legs that make a nice commotion.

If the hopper bite is quiet, streamers have also been effective. For those looking to nymph, a small dark mayfly is choice, along with an attractor like a worm or a cranefly larvae. Getting down is key, so look for troughs through the moss and start there.

Give us a shout for the latest word or stop by on your way to the Beaverhead or your next time eating at the Hitchin Post. 406-835-3474.

-Dan Soltau

#4 Smoke & Mirrors – JJ
#8 Mojo Minnow – Yellow Perch
#4 CH JJ Special
#20 Zebra Midge – Silver &/or Copper
#18 Psycho May – Black
#10 Water Walker – Peacock
#8 Water Walker – Peanut

#16 Sparkle Flag Ant – Black
#12 Hot Bead Gummy Worm
#10 BH Cranefly Larvae
#10 CFO Chernobyl Ant – Peach
#10 Al’s Glommer
#10 Chernobyl Ant – Black & Tan
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

8/27/2019 Big Hole River Fishing Report – Cool water temps, stable flows, and very light traffic.

Other rivers may be seeing high levels of traffic, but it’s a ghost town around here. Trout have been keying in on terrestrials with tricos still being a hit in the right spot at the right time. The fish are in great shape, and expect a legitimate challenge when approaching them on the surface. Looking for the faster stuff has been key, but keep a look out for the slower foam lines and current edges with water cooling down.

A variegated girdle bug or a small dark mayfly nymph is a great rotation below a hopper or chubby Chernobyl. A double dry fly rig can also do very well, keying in the faster current seams. An ant, trico cluster, or trico spinner is a solid choice in tow behind a smallish tan hopper.

As per usual, a properly presented streamer is a good way to separate the larger trout that are holding tight to cover, in the riffles, or hanging out in the faster tailouts. Olive, tan, and copper minnow and sculpin patterns have still been favorable, with black picking up each day.

Holler for the latest word, to hire a professional guide, or arrange a shuttle. 406-835-3474.

Dan Soltau

#4 Smoke & Mirrors – JJ
#6 JJ Special
#4 Little Kim Tan
#8-10 Girdle Bug Olive & Brown
#8-10 Girdle Bug Tan & Brown
#8 Chubby Chernobyl – Olive
#10 Chubby Chernobyl – Purple

#18 Hippie Stomper – Royal
#12 Red Copper John
#16 Micro Mayfly – Brown
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#20 Para CDC Trico Spinner
#20 Trico Cluster
#20 Clear Wing Trico Spinner

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