Big Hole River

February 12, 2020

Fishing Conditions

February 12, 2020

 Now that we are back into winter weather there will be some ice building. Don't bring the boat, just walk wade. Section with some current will remain open and ice free. Above Wise River the river starts to build ice shelves and usually isn't too fishable during the heart of winter. Open water in good fishing holes can be found in either canyon. Black, brown and golden colored Stonefly nymphs are great winter flies. Flashy droppers like the Purple Death can catch a lot of attention during the winter months. Since this is one of the colder areas of Montana during winter it's good to take advantage of warmer weeks like this one. Winter is coming back very soon. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Renegade: 16-18-20, Purple Haze: 14-16-18, Bat Wing Emerger: 16-18-20, Hi-Vis Paraemerger Adams:16-18, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20

Nymphs| 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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