BWO

Get it while it's...cool

We are having excellent dry fly fishing on the Big Hole right now!  Skwalas are flying around and plopping in the river and that is probably your best choice for prospecting.  A smaller chubby in #10-12, Luna Negra, Foam PMX...from there you can either run twin dries or a dropper.  A good #14 March Brown imitation would be a good dropper dry fly...maybe a purple parawulff or other attractors.  For your dropper a #14 Prince, a smaller BWO or a worm are a few ideas.  There are definitely fish chomping BWO's in the soft stuff so pack some #18 BWO extended bodies for when you spot them.  On a good day now you might stay dry or die.  The forecast is calling for much warmer weather so get yours before things change too much.

PS.  Black caddis have popped on the lowest reaches of the Big Hole.  Be excited.  The Mother's Day hatch is here and right on time.

Big Hole River Report 4-24-17

Our Big Hole guides have started spotting March Browns and Gray Drakes.  They have also noted trout moving into slightly swifter water, but still hanging to softer spots.  Some straggler skwalas are emerging and the dry fly bite is there...at times(Chubby #8-12-olive, royal, purple).  Nymphing or droppers with skwala and other stonefly imitations is good (Pat's Rubberlegs #10-Black, Dark Variegated, Olive)

For the mayflies dries in #14 and #16 start to become important (Parachute Adams, Purple Haze).  Generalist droppers are working well too. (Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail-#14).

The best nymph...still the San Juan worm............. 

The Beav abides...

BWO's are dominating the conversation here on the Beaverhead.  The baetis have been consistent this year with a hatch most afternoons.  These gray BWO's are  size 18 and are peaking mid afternoon and tapering heavily after six.  There are also some really great localized midge hatches happening right through dark.  Still and deeper parts of the Beav remind you of an aquarium so be smart when floating or wading near these fish or you can spook the whole area.  The Beav has  come down around Dillon and there is very good fishing to be had in the lesser utilized stretches.  Down lower the Beav is known for particularly good streamer fishing.

Parachute Extended Body BWO - 18

Split Back BWO - 18

PT Cruzer - Dk Olive - 18

Ray Charles - Pink - 18

Zebra Midge - Tan, Red, Black - 20

Annelids ;)  in Red or Pink