The streamer fishing continues to impress all of us. Even with the bright sunny skies that we have been having, the trout are still eating streamers. We are still getting fish on San Juan Worms, Chubby Chernobyls, and Pats Rubber Legs, but almost all of the big fish that have been landed in the last couple days have been on streamers. Warmer weather is forecasted for the next couple days, but then it looks like we are going to return to cooler temperatures with scattered precipitation.
Below is a nice Brown that was landed yesterday between Fishtrap and East Bank.
The colder weather over the past several days has brought the flows on the Big Hole River down to around 2500cfs and increased the visibility to more than two feet. This lowering of flows and improvement of the clarity has made for some great spring fishing. Even though we still haven’t really seen much sign of the Skwallas, the streamer fishing has been really good. As usual for the Big Hole, yellow has been the hot streamer color, and slow stripping has been the most successful technique. Below are three nice fish that one of our clients caught this past weekend.
After an intense rain storm on Tuesday, the Big Hole River is back on the drop. The flow has dropped back down to 2600cfs, and the visibility is increased to around 2 feet. The great streamer fishing that we had been seeing on the upper river should come back as quickly as the river is dropping. Yellow streamers thrown tight to the bank has produced quite a few fish over 20 inches in the last week. Most of the anglers have been floating from East Bank to Jerry Creek, but fish are being caught from as high as Fishtrap and as low as Notch. Cooler weather this weekend should keep the river on the drop and keep the fishing good.
The Big Hole River is in prime condition and is fishing amazingly well. Even though we haven’t seen a lot of adult Skwallas, the fish are looking up and eating Skwalla patterns on the surface. And if you are willing to drop a nymph off of your dry fly, the action becomes even more intense. If that wasn’t enough, fish are also chasing yellow and brown streamers. Spring fishing couldn’t be better!
Below is a fish that our client Woody caught yesterday.
Even thought Spring is officially here, it still fells like winter isn’t quite ready to say good bye to the Big Hole Valley. The 7-day forecast has lows in the mid 20’s with the highs reaching the upper 40’s. If you are willing to brave this early spring weather, the lower river is fishable and looking great. Water temperatures are still quite cold, but nymphing a stonefly nymph and a san juan worm can be very productive. The Sunrise Fly Shop will be opening its doors for the 2014 season on Saturday, March 29th. If you are thinking about coming to the Big Hole for a spring fishing trip, give us a call for the most up-to-date information. Also, don’t forget to call us if you need a shuttle.