Big Hole River

May 18, 2019

Fishing Conditions

May 18, 2019

The fishing is decent and getting better. The Wise has begun to dump snowmelt but it won't make the river unfishable. If you want to dry fly fish you want to drive to the upper river above Jerry Creek. Mayfly patterns were doing well over the weekend. Caddis pupa are an even better fly up high but a mayfly may not be able to drop a beaded nymph. From Divide on downstream the fishing is still better under the surface. A long dropper with a stonefly nymph or small bugger was working but only a few fish ate on top. The fish were eating streamers more than anything else but it was mostly smaller fish. A number of different color patterns worked.


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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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