Big Hole Fishing Report by Montana Troutfitters 8.2.21
By angelamontana

Posted: August 3, 2021

The Big Hole is starting to slow down a bit, and Hoot Owl restrictions and full closures have gone into place.  A combination of low water flows and hot temps have been stressing these fish out a bit. The best fishing will be in the morning with Tricos, and mid to late morning hoppers, ants and beetles. You will still see a few scattered PMDs out, so wouldn’t hurt to fish with those as well.

***A full fishing closure is in effect from; the confluence with the Beaverhead River to Tony Schoonen (Notch Bottom) Fishing Acess site, as well as from the Headwaters at Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadow Road the the North Fork***  

***Hoot Owl restrictions are in effect from the North Fork to Dickie Bridge, and from Maiden Rock to Tony Schoonen Fishing Access ***


FLY PATTERN SUGGESTIONS

Dries| Renegade: 16-18-20, Matt’s Midge: 20-22-24, Para Midge: 18-20-22, Brook Spout, Grey: 18-20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Griffith’s Gnat: 16-18-22, X-Caddis: 14-16, Snowshoe Caddis: 14-16, Never-Sink Sally 14-16

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 John 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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