Good Spring Fishing
The Big Hole has been fishing quite well the last few days. The spring forecast has been throwing everything imaginable at us, and the moisture is still coming! The moisture is helping to keep the river at a stable, although still below average flow. We have been able to get out and fish between East Bank and Maiden Rock. Mornings have been productive on streamers, with the best eats coming when the fly is down on the bottom of the river with very slow retrieves. We have been using a Sunburst Sparkle Minnow, Yellow Yummy and small buggers. As the water temperature warms a little throughout the day, BWO’s, March Browns and Midges have been coming off, with fish rising in the slow foam lines and seams. We also had some really nice eats using a #12 Chubby or Black Magic. We would also recommend a Brindle Chute or Copper Haze patterns on top. If you want to toss a nymph underneath your dry fly, try a small stone nymph, pheasant tail (#14) or a zebra midge. Regardless it is a great time to come out and fish the Big Hole. The really great news is that the fish we have been catching look very healthy; the browns are colorful and seem to have held their weight through the winter and the rainbows are feisty as ever. We’ve seen a handful of cutthroats too, and they look to be in good shape as well.
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