Big Hole River

August 20, 2017

Fishing Conditions

August 20, 2017

 As of 7-19-17 two sections of the Big Hole have Hoot Owl closures in place from 2pm until midnight. From Saginaw Bridge to the North Fork of the Big Hole is under Hoot Owl and from Notch Bottom to the confluence with the Beaverhead is under Hoot Owl Closure. The fishing has been good if you get on the river early at 6am and are off the river by 2pm. Dry dropper rigs rain supreme this time of year with a great rig being a small chubby with a PMD nymph behind it or a yellow sally nymph. Its hard to beat a flash back pheasant tail as well. Rubber legs are still a good nymph over here all summer with smaller flashy caddis pupas or mayfly nymphs below them. Tricos are out in the mornings and offer some technical fishing. If fishing gets tough though it pays to get out and work the likely holding lies. In mornings and evenings this is a great time of year to work attractor dry fly patterns. PMX's and parawulff patterns will find some fish. The flows have remained good enough to float a hard side boat without scraping bottom all day.


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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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