High water right now on the Big Hole but fishing has been fantastic the last couple of days. The Big Hole has about 2 1/2 feet of clarity and remains at a stable flow. We have had good fishing from the upper reaches of the Big Hole all the way down to Notch Bottom. If you want to get into lower flowing water then fish above the Wise River on the Big Hole. You will find some bug activity in the afternoons. We have had hatches of Blue Winged Olives, and March Brown mayflies. Our best fishing has been sub-surface with streamers and nymphs. Yellow Zonkers, Yummies, Sparkle Minnows and Sunrise Sculpzilla’s have been our best streamers. Nymph droppers have been San Juan worms, pheasant tails and lightning bugs. We have a good period of fishing before the next bump in flows. Get out there while it remains good.
Recommended Flies: #10 Purple Haze; #12 X Caddis; #10 Mr. Beam; #10 Skwala Stone; #10 Pat’s Stone Olive/Brown; #8 San Juan Worm; #12 Pheasant Tail; #12 Caddis Pupa; #6 J.J. Special; #4 Smokin’ Mirrors; #4Mr. Creepo
As we enter another pattern of colder and wetter weather, the Big Hole River is again on the drop and river temperatures are creeping back down into the low 40’s. The fish have still been very active chasing streamers, but with water temps dropping we might see slower fishing in the mornings. The forecasted high for the next 5 days ranges from 45 to 55 degrees, which should be sufficient to keep the river warm enough to continue the phenomenal streamer fishing we have been seeing. The benefit of the cold and wet weather system that we are going to see this weekend is that it will bring with it overcast skies, which will also help continue good streamer fishing.
Below are a couple photos from Lou’s guided trip on Tuesday.
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.
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.