Helena Recreation Report by Bob Ward and Sons – 8-2-13
By angelamontana

Posted: August 2, 2013

Terrestrials are in full swing and should be in your fly box no matter where you’re at. We’d recommend parachute ants (size 14-16), black beetles (14-16), and hoppers will not be in full bloom until later this month.



The Missouri is still fishing well. The fish are getting a bit pickier, but the smaller flies (about size 20-22 in a Zebra Midge or Copper John are producing some fish mid-day but best time is early morning or late evening for these fish. Pitching Rooster-tails in a Rainbow or Brown color has been working throughout the day.

Canyon Ferry:

Floating jig heads tipped with a worm has been producing some beautiful rainbows. For Walleye, try using a deep diving Rapala in a Perch or Minnow color, especially effective in the early mornings and evenings.

Hauser Lake:

Cowbells tipped with worms are the ticket. We also recommend trying Rapala Shad Raps in a silver color which seem to be working throughout the day. Walleyes have been fishing a bit slower but still very much catch-able. We’d recommend using a Perch Colored Rapala Jointed Shad Rap or a chartreuse jig head tipped with some Berkley Gulp 3” Minnows.

Boulder River:

Stone flies in Yellow and Olive (size 10-12) with a small Copper John have been the ticket for Rainbows and some good sized Browns. You may also try throwing a small Mepps in gold or silver if you prefer spin cast.

Big Blackfoot River:

On the Big Blackfoot, water levels are good and the browns and cutties are biting. Elk hair Caddis and Goddard Caddis (size 16-20) were raking them in. With temperatures dropping, fishing should be picking up across the board.

Prickly Pear:

Water levels are a bit low but the fish are still biting. Try using a hopper dropped with a bead-headed nymph. We also had some stone flies in yellow or olive getting some bites in some of the deeper holes.

(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward and Sons; Cover Photo: ginkandgasoline.com)

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