The nights are finally freezing and with the freeze comes the change in bugs. The river is still low from lack of precipitation, but as the ditches close and the pivots are turned off, we are looking for the river to take a slight bump in the next week. The big browns have been elusive on the Big Hole, their minds are in the gutter with the spawn approaching. The rainbows however are getting rowdy. The dry bite has been hit and miss throughout the day, but still getting the job done with BWO’s, Caddis, PMX’s, and Mahogany duns. The nymph bite has been a little more consistent. Most of the fish underneath are being caught on small sparkle princes, lightning bugs, twinkles, tungsten dazzlers, and midge emerges. The streamers have also been moving good fish in the morning and evening. Articulated olive streamers as well as mini sex dungeons have been our best bugs, followed by small black and brown buggers.
We have been spending some time on the Beaverhead lately with decent results. The streamer bite is good, but the moss is bad. If you think you have the skills to smash a rusty trombone or a black yuk bug between the willows you will certainly find some good fish. Things are changing rapidly, so feel free to call the shop for an up the minute report!
In other shop news, Lia will be back from elk camp this week and we have a new batch of kittens!! Now we are ready for the winter!