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
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.