Big Hole River

April 23, 2019

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2019

 A ton of anglers love the Big Hole for chasing the Salmon Flies but the river can be just as good if not better at the beginning of run-off. It looks like the ice and snow in the upper valley is beginning to melt. The Ice shelves are finally gone in the upper valley and things should return to normal form for a few days before runoff really gets going. Make sure you bring some medium sized stonefly nymphs and maybe a dry fly or two for the Skwalas that will hatch soon. With the bump in flow and more color to the river some big red worms are a great dropper. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, Renegade: 16-18-20, Purple Haze: 14-16-18, Bullethead Skwala: 10-12, Carnage Skwala: 8-10

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, Pats Rubber Legs: Olive, Black, Coffee, Tan: 8-12

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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