Big Hole River

April 17, 2017

Fishing Conditions

April 17, 2017

 The water temps had been rising until Fridays cold snowy weather. Some adult Skwallas can be found here and there but not a ton just yet. The weather held them of for another weekend. There are anglers running dry/droppers and taking a fish on top now and then. The lower sections of the river will be better for these. Running some stonefly nymphs was good at times. We fished here this past weekend and our best success was on streamers. The bite wasn't crazy but it was consistent. The Melrose area was good with a copper/brown color but if you are going up around Wise river or higher switch to white.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Low-Rider: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Carnage Skwala: 10-12, Bullet Head Skwala: 10-12, Hanging Stimi Olive: 10-12

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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