For those anglers who enjoy chasing the salmon fly hatches, things are in full swing. Flies are now found over about twenty miles of the Big Hole River from Melrose to Jerry Creek. The river is in good shape. Fish the banks with large #4 and 6 stone fly dries and you should have some real fun. Do be prepared for a large number of anglers. This is the most popular time of the season on the Big Hole.
If you prefer not to fish with a lot of people fish the Big Hole from Melrose to the Pennington Bridge with caddis, attractor dries and nymphs.
The Madison is in great shape again. The Salmon Flies are not that far away on the Madison so you want to fish stone fly nypmhs like the Pat's Stone and drop a small bead head off the back of the stone fly. If you get an overcast day fish streamers.
The Beaverhead is holding steady at around 750 cfs and fishing very well with small nymphs as usual. You have got to get deep with size 16 and 18 nymphs on relatively fine leader. We use 3x and 4x tippets.
On the spring creeks pmd hatches are beginning. Match the hatch with sparkle duns in sizes 14 and 16. If you drop a small micro may fly off the back of your dry you can do well both on the surface and deep. For picky fish try #14 or #16 emerger pmd patterns.
The Ruby is in great shape again. You will need to fish a mixed bag of nymphs and dries. If you are die hard dry fly guy fish an attractor dry with a nymph dropper.
Don't overlook the Jefferson River. It has a bit of color but is fishing well. You will need to fish streamers such as the JJ Special, Yuk Bug or Wooley Buggers and nymphs. San Juan Worms are always a good choice when the water has a bit of color.
Have a good Father's Day weekend.