Even though it is still winterlike out there, we are having good solid spring fishing. Today was our first guided trip on the Big Hole River and it went quite well. Plenty of trout keeping our rods bent right now. Mainly a nymphing game right now on the Big Hole. Look for some dry fly fishing when it warms up later this week. We are staying below Melrose right now, The fishing is much better on the lower river due to warmer conditions. We have guided trips the rest of the week so we will keep you posted on the fishing.
Sunrise Fly Shop is opening it’s doors for the 2011 fishing season On Friday April 1st. We are looking forward to a great season in Southwest Montana. Snowpack in the Big Hole River and Beaverhead River drainage are well over 115% of normal. Currently, Clark Canyon reservoir is over 90% full. The season starts with the Skwala hatch on the Big Hole River. We will keep you up to date throughout the spring to the progress of the hatch. Look for an updated Big Hole River fishing report starting April 1st.
We have already had some good fishing on the Big Hole below Melrose, it has just been darn cold still. The river is ice free below Melrose and once we get a few more day time highs in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s fishing will improve. Get that gear ready, and start to think about booking your trip with our Big Hole River guides and Southwest Montana River Guides at the Sunrise Fly Shop.
Winter has been harsh in Southwest Montana this year. Plenty of snow with bitterly cold temperatures. The snowpack in looking great for this years fishing season. The Big Hole / Beaverhead drainages are @ 109% snowpack for this date in time, and we still have another couple months to gain more snow in the high country. The big story this winter has been the ice jams on the rivers. The Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin Rivers have all had major ice jamming events this winter. This has created some low valley flooding at times, and scouring of the banks and rivers. Last week a rancher on the Big Hole River lost several cows due to a break in the ice, the cattle fell through and were lost to the frozen river.
Day time temperatures are now getting above freezing which is starting to break up the ice on our rivers. We will start to get some days of productive fishing later this month. With the healthy snowpack we are looking ahead to another great late summer fishing season. August will be filled with great terrestrial hopper fishing with good water flows. August has been an overlooked month of Southwest Montana fishing in high water years. Take advantage of this in 2011, our Big Hole River guides and Beaverhead River guides will make a memorable fishing trip for you!