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Spring check up

The Big Hole has been having a wonderfully mild winter.  The bugs have already started to move, including large caddis, midges, and bwo’s.  I hit the water for GDO’s first guide trip of the year on friday with Richard Kolenda.  The fishing was slow due to the water being icy sludge and the color of coffee.  Mr Kolenda did manage to hook a couple and we did land one nice brown.

On Saturday I went out with my wife and floated the same section as the  day before.  I wanted to see if the nymph fishing would be any better than the streamer fishing on the previous day.  We put on around 1030 and did not catch a fish for at least an hour.  Lia managed to catch one nice brown on a copper sparkle minnow and my good friend, and guide, Thayer Nicholas, caught 4 or 5 on a small pats stone combined with a hot pink san juan worm (he is a dark sider!).

On Monday I decided to do a check up on some of the private water leased by GDO.  A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is some eye candy from Montana, early spring 2015.

Healthy looking Big Hole brown trout

With the river on the rise it is time for the annual CFS prediction contest.  Be the person to guess what CFS the Big Hole river will peak at this spring (Glen Station) and win a half day guided fishing trip from your pals at GDO!


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