Big Hole River

October 16, 2018

Fishing Conditions

October 16, 2018

The Bighole is in good shape and fishing well. The name of the game this time of year is blue winged olives. These bugs make an appearance around 1 pm or so and will stick around for a few hours in the afternoon. Watch any slow runs, back eddies, or foam pockets and you will see heads. A good imitation is a small purple haze or a smaller olive parachute. If the bugs are not out, nymphing will produce. Running a bigger fly such as a pats rubber legs or a worm pattern with a smaller mayfly nymph behind is a good option. As with any river with brown trout, the bighole streamer fishing can be really good. As always, be cautious of reds and spawning trout. Leave shallow water fish alone!


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Elk Hair Caddis: 12-16, PMD patterns: 14-18, Renegade: 16-18-20 Water Walkers: 4-6, Chubby Chernobyls: 8-16, purple haze: 14-18, royal wulff: 12-18, Royal trude: 12-18, lime trude: 12-18, red humpy: 14-16, trico spinner: 18-22, rusty spinner: 18, foamulator: 8-12

Nymphs| Bubble Back BWO: 16-18, BH Pheasant Tail: 14-16-18, Green Machine: 18-20, CDC Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16-18, Rubberlegs Olive, Olive/Brown: 6-8-10, Ugly Bug: 4-6-8, Red Belly Yuk Bug: 2-4 Coppertone Delektable: 6-8 Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold, Purple: 14-16 IED Worm: 10 Copper Johnson Yellow, Red, Blue: 12-14-16-18

Streamers| JJ Special: 4- 6 Sculpzilla's Tan, Olive, Black: size 4-6 Haymaker Sculpin Olive, Brown: 4 Bellyache Minnow Tan, Olive: 1/0-1 Micro Zonker Tan, Olive, Black: 8 Fatheads Yellow: 2 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Rust, Natural: 2 Home Invader Yellow, Olive Space Invader: 2 Flash Fry Brown & Yellow: 2 Space Invader Brown Yellow, Tan: 2-4-6; Brown/Copper Sparkle Minnow 4-6


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