Big Hole River

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.