Big Hole River Fishing Report by Montana Troutfitters 3.18.2020
By angelamontana

Posted: March 19, 2020

Open water in good fishing holes can be found in either canyon. Those areas are still better to wade but there is one stretch right now that can be floated. Melrose to Browns Bridge should be wide open. Black, brown and golden colored Stonefly nymphs are great winter flies. Flashy droppers like the Purple Death can catch a lot of attention during the winter months. The streamer bite has been slow. Especially with last weekends cold weather. We should see things start to heat up in the next few weeks. Focus on calm cloudy days and the streamer bite should be pretty good. We should start to see a few blue wings over this way in the coming weeks as well.

FLY PATTERN SUGGESTIONS

Dries| Renegade: 16-18-20, Purple Haze: 14-16-18, Bat Wing Emerger: 16-18-20, Hi-Vis Paraemerger Adams:16-18, Midge Cluster: 16-18-20

Nymphs| BH Pheasant Tail: 14-16-18, Green Machine: 18-20, CDC Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16-18, Rubberlegs Olive, Olive/Brown: 6-8-10, Ugly Bug: 4-6-8, Red Belly Yuk Bug: 2-4 Coppertone Delektable: 6-8 Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold, Purple: 14-16 IED Worm: 10 Copper Johnson Yellow, Red, Blue: 12-14-16-18, Pats Rubber Legs: Olive, Black, Coffee, Tan: 8-12

Streamers| JJ Special: 4- 6 Sculpzilla’s Tan, Olive, Black: size 4-6 Haymaker Sculpin Olive, Brown: 4 Bellyache Minnow Tan, Olive: 1/0-1 Micro Zonker Tan, Olive, Black: 8 Fatheads Yellow: 2 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Rust, Natural: 2 Home Invader Yellow, Olive Space Invader: 2 Flash Fry Brown & Yellow: 2 Space Invader Brown Yellow, Tan: 2-4-6; Brown/Copper Sparkle Minnow 4-6

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