Dry Fly

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

 

 

 

 

Dry flies and big chases

The Beaverhead has been totally lit the last week by strong surface feeding and reckless streamer chases.  We are seeing fish on top from noon till dark.  The weather has been cooperating with steady overcast skies that have helped the streamer fishing and the BWO's.  Grasshopper Creek is still dumping color but the clarity is there for excellent fishing.  Above Grasshopper the water is perfect and if you can time the wind the dry fly action has been consistent.  Plainly put the Beaverhead is fishing.  Many of the other area streams are just coming out of their winter laziness while we have big fish eating streamers and dry flies.  Dry fly fisherman should seriously consider heading down to Dillon to experience quality early season tailwater surface action right away.

 

The Big Hole has hit the sweet zone and is all over the mid 40's this week at the Melrose gauge.  Skwalas have been sighted below Melrose already so the fish will be looking up anytime.  The recent rains put a small pulse of water through the system but looks to be short lived.  Be looking for the Big Hole to really turn on now...

Big Hole comin' round

The Big Hole is in pretty sweet shape right now and should keep getting better as flows drop and water temperatures climb.  Fish are still holding in the slow and deep but they are also feeding well.  When you find them take your time and fish out the area...there can be long droughts between good holding water that is deep enough and walking speed or less.  Nymphing with Pat's Rubberlegs and Worms has given us the most success, but these same fish will eat streamers too. Water temps have remained fairly low but the Melrose gauge shows them above 44 degrees today, which should bring about real bug activity.  Be on the lookout now for Skwalas, March Browns, BWO's and plenty of midges.