Big Hole River

July 18, 2018

Fishing Conditions

July 18, 2018

The Bighole has enough water and has been getting enough rain that conditions are still great! This is the time of year to pitch around dries and dry droppers. Attractors are the name of the game. PMX's, small chubbies, purple haze, big elk hair caddis, adams, or foamulators are great bets. As we move further toward august, ants, beetles, and hoppers will be on the menu. Dropper nymphs behind these flies are also always a good bet. Copper johns, hares ears, and small ant flies make great sunken bugs beneath the bigger attractors. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Elk Hair Caddis: 12-16, PMD patterns: 14-18, Renegade: 16-18-20 Water Walkers: 4-6, Chubby Chernobyls: 8-16

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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