We are loving the floatable flows out of Clark Canyon Dam this Spring. The fish are as well, they are fat and happy! Below Pipe Organ Bridge try tan sow bugs, hot bead sow bugs, and various San Juan Worms. Mid-day brings baetis hatches that will continue through the afternoon. Look for rising fish in the back waters. Remember, the river from the Dam downstream to Pipe Organ Bridge is closed until May 18th.
Don’t forget Poindexter in the fall. For small stream fishing for large browns you’ll not find a better venue. White streamers are usually best here, but don’t forget a selection of BWO’s in size 18.
It’s time to chase those monster browns that the Big Hole is so well known for. Don’t fool around with little streamers here. A size 4 is as small as you’ll want. Don’t forget to have a few Pepperoni Yuk Bugs in your box as well as some of your favorite Blue Wing Olives, size 18 and 20 best and chart. egg patterns. The fishing tends to start later in the day so stop in at the Hitchin Post in Melrose and grab breakfast.
The fall fishing has been fantastic. A few cool days with snow, but it’s warming up and the Blue Wing Olive’s will kick into gear as the water is down to fall/winter flows at 190 CFS. For floaters and wade fisherman alike this level is ideal. Look for the big browns to be on the move and eating their favorite streamers. You can target the big rainbows with small nymphs and dries, but the other day a friend took a real beauty over 5 pounds on a size 4 copper Zonker.
Don’t forget to grab a Winston BIIIx when here - They are on sale. Probably the best rod ever built.
For small stream fishing for large trout it would be hard to find a better fishery. The BWO’s are hatching so small nymphs, Pheasant Tails and Aero Baetis, in size 18-20 are just the ticket, but with the weather change look for the dry fly fishing to really pick up, and don’t forget to fill your box full of Zonkers! White is the color with copper a good choice too. It’s fall, gives an angler goose bumps doesn’t it. To many streams, not enough time.
For you still water junkies you should be fishing Clark Canyon! With the weather change the fishing has really turned on. Midges, leeches, Callibeatis, and Zonkers. Try the south end, but don’t hesitate to try the west arm. It’s time for some of those monster browns that don’t show until this time of year. If you’re driving by the dam try tossing a big streamer on the west side. We’ve seen some huge browns over the years in this area at this time of year. We have some of the best flies around for fishing still water so stop by and we’ll get you fixed up.
It’s time to get out the largest streamers in your box and chase some big browns! Look for runs with large riffle water above and this is the kind of water that the browns will stage up in. Find the right run and you will find heaven. The BWO’s are hatching so a size 20-22 CDC, or extended body parachute will do the job. Small and large soft hackles should be in your box as well. We stock a little black job called a Red Spot, size 16, which does magic on even the big fall browns. The entire river is fishing well, but if you want to catch Grayling and big brookies head up by Wise River. What a beautiful time of year to be on the water and there is not a trout stream in the world as pretty as the Big Hole.
The streamer fishing has really picked up. Even on the sunny days the fish are chasing, but of course the best times are going to be early and late and on stormy days. The river is still around 600 CFS, but come October 1st they will start to drop it to winter flows which are going to be 190 CFS. Some anglers are having a hard time, fishing the Beaverhead now but remember when there is this much water coupled with the abundance of bug life trout are tuned up to bad presentations. So the more you know the more you’ll catch and the larger they’ll be. Simple as that. Hoppers are still around, but changes are coming so look to fish more nymphs and small dries. Stop by the shop and we’ll point you in the right direction. We’re catching some real big boys!
We can’t say enough about the great fishing on the “Beav.” this season. The water is still up, but we should see it start to drop this coming week. Fishing big bugs, Yuks and Girdle Bugs, are still producing, but don’t hesitate to chuck a big Zonker. The BWO’s (Blue Wing Olives) are popping and the fish are up on them, but only in a few places. As the water drops we’ll see more activity on them. Fishing soft hackles under a hopper has been productive too.
The Blue Wing Olives are here. On cloudy days the hatch can be exceptional with lots of good fish looking up. If you pay close attention to the rise forms you’ll see a difference between whitefish and trout. The trout are the ones sipping while whitefish usually splash or at least make a larger commotion. Look for some great streamer fishing for big browns from here on. We like Zonkers, but the Big Hole is a place to toss some of the 4-5” big articulated streamers. One of our favorite techniques is to drop off an egg pattern off the back of a size 2 or 4 white Zonker and dead drift it though the runs. We should have a few days left for hopper fishing, but the big October Caddis are hatching so a size 10 orange PMX will do wonders.