We have seen a few Spruce Moths over the last few days, but not nearly enough to get the fish keyed in on them yet. Hopefully they will start to show up in the next few day.
Even without the moths, we have been having good fishing. The fishing technique and top-producing fly has been changing based on the section you are fishing and the weather, but with a little experimenting we have been able to find some nice fish this week.
Hopper fishing has been good on the lower Big Hole.
Tricos are starting to come off near Jerry Creek giving anglers opportunities to catch fish on small dries.
Streamers have been producing very nice fish on the darker, cloudy days.
Nymphing stoneflies (Pat’s Rubber Legs) and small mayflies (Copper Johns) in the shallow riffles has been the most consistent technique during the past week.
Below are two nice fish that were caught this morning between Melrose and Brownes!
Flies: #10 Chubby Chernobyl Yellow/Purple/Black; #8 Rogue Stone golden, #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