The skwalas are now popped and we are on the brink of the Big Hole dry fly season. Fish are starting to populate prime lies as they move out of winter holding water. Dry dropper or nymphing with SJ worms, eggs, BWO patterns (PT Cruzer) Pat's stones, are good. Streamer fishing is bringing more chases and some days it's been really good. This is a fantastic time to fish....we have lots of clear fishable water, hatches are a real possibility now, and each day these fish see more stoneflies and other foods on the surface which really has the Big Hole lookin up.
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