Big Hole River

April 23, 2018

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2018

 The river has been on a steady rise for a while now. The tribs are starting to get big with snowmelt. The beautiful thing about this river is that it can be fished during the Spring run-off. Instead of getting dirty brown water it will get a deep tea color. Usually this is when you will begin to see the streamer bite pick up. Yellow is a color that shows up well in this water. Nymphing with stonefly patterns and a worm pattern can sometimes be the set-up that will fish all day. The river usually gets up above 5,000 cfs during peak run-off and today we got to 3,000 cfs.     

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Low-Rider: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Matt's Midge: 20-22, Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Renegade: 16-18-20

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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