Skwalas

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............. 

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.