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Trout pack on the pounds during the Big Hole River Salmonfly hatch. It is not uncommon to catch a trout and see Salmonflies crawling out of their gills. There are three stages of the Salmonfly: egg, nymph, and adult. These creatures of nature will live for 2 – 4 years as a nymph before they become an adult. Several factors need to occur before these flies emerge as adults. The Salmonfly needs a constant water temperature in the 55-degree range for a steady period before they hatch. When conditions are just right these nymphs swim towards the bank to hatch. Salmonflies like to crawl onto willows and down trees on the banks to then shed their shucks and become an adult. You will find these flies most susceptible to trout as wind blows them off willows onto the water, or the females are flying over the water dropping their eggs into the water. These flies struggling on the surface while the females drop eggs and trout are waiting to slurp them up.
The Sunrise Fly Shop has many hand-tied Salmonflies that are proven patterns that work on the Big Hole River, and Madison River. For more information on this incredible hatch, fly patters and booking your next fly fishing vacation contact the Sunrise Fly Shop.