Big Hole River

June 23, 2017

Fishing Conditions

June 23, 2017


The salmon flies are out and about and the fish are still looking up in the mornings evenings and sporadically throughout the day. Look for them in the stretch below divide first. The PMD's are also starting up and caddis in the evenings.  Keep in mind that up high you'll still find as many fish in the middle of the river as on the banks. Search out those boulders that create those long midstream pockets. Look also for those grassy under-cut banks and slow water along them...a black buggger can be deadly in these areas.  Dont be afraid to nymph a streamer such as a big wooly bugger, mccune's sculpin, or a zirdle bug. This is also a good time of year to rip and strip your best big streamers. A large white streamer pitched at the bank and retrieved hard can hit some of the true giants that inhabit this stream. This is also a good time of year to run your favorite dry dropper rigs, a big chubby with a rubberlegs underneath will pick up fish throughout the day. This river is notoriously difficult to wade, please be careful while wading the heavy water. Additionally, take caution while floating. Below wise river is some difficult water to maneuver, pay attention to what is ahead of you. There is not much margin for error at these high levels.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Low-Rider: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Elk Hair Caddis: 12-14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16, AC Caddis: 14-16, X Caddis: 14-16-18, Flutter Bug: 4-6, Cat Puke: 4, Dog Puke: 4, Grillo's Palamino: 4-6

Nymphs| Serengold: Olive 14-16, G6 Caddis: Amber: 14-16, Edible Emerger: Tan 14-16, Electric Butt Caddis Pupa: Olive & Tan 14-16, Rubberlegs Olive, Olive/Brown: 6-8-10, Ugly Bug: 4-6-8, Mega Hares Ears:Olive Crystal Bugger 6-10 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 BHFBPT: 12-14-16

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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