The willows on the Big Hole River have a tint of yellow on the tips and the cotton woods are not far off from changing to the autumn gold color. The flows have dropped but we are still above historic averages on the Big Hole. The hatches are starting a little later in the morning due to the cool fall mornings. We are seeing Trico’s around 10:30 in the morning and the spinner fall before noon. The afternoon air temperature has been warm and the fish have been actively eating in the riffles. Ants, hoppers, and baetis nymphs have been working in the afternoons. Rain and cooler weather in the middle of this week should make for some great streamer fishing and baetis hatches.
Rob Ware with another great Big Hole Brown
Flies: #12 Chubby Chernobyl Yellow/Purple/Black; #10 Purple Haze; #16 PMD Cripple; #16 Rocky Mountain Mint, #18 Trico Spinner, #18 Trico Comparadun, #10 Pat’s Stone #12 Red Copper John #16 Bat Man Nymph orange/brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #6 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy # 10 Copper/Pearl Zonker