Big Hole River

August 9, 2020

Fishing Conditions

August 9, 2020

The Big Hole is fishing well in the mornings. Water temperatures are getting warm later in the day so keep an eye on the temperature gauges before you head out. Hoppers, ants, Caddis and Nocturnal Stones are the hot ticket right now! Tricos are just starting to show themselves a little. A hopper with a dropper has been very productive as fish are looking up. Streamer fishing has been solid and we have had good reports on both small and large streamers. When fishing those streamers focus on the faster shallow riffles to find the big fish. Yellow, white, olive and black are all working depending on the conditions that day. Smaller flashy streamers have been getting eats when the sun is high and bright. Be aware of the recent closures on the Big Hole due to consistent water temps over 73.

***According to the FWP Region 3 release, "The Big Hole River is under hoot-owl restriction prohibiting fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight each day from the North Fork of the Big Hole River to Dickie Bridge west of Wise River, and from Maidenrock Fishing Access Site to the Beaverhead River, in accordance with the Big Hole Watershed Committee Drought Plan." ***


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Renegade: 16-18-20, Purple Haze: 14-16-18, Hi-Vis Paraemerger Adams:16-18, Caddis: 14-16, Pink Albert: 14, Elk Hair Caddis Tan: 16-18-20, CDC Elk Hair Caddis Tan: 14-16-18, Missing Link Caddis: 16-18, Snowshoe Caddis: 14-16-18, Adult Caddis: 14-16, Chubby Chernobyl; 8-12, Tilt Wing Dun PMD; 16-20, Para-Sulfer; 16-20, Twisted Sprucie; 14,

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 John 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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