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Salmon Flies are maybe the most impressive of all the insects that we get on the Big Hole River. These orange and black behemoths can grow to over two inches, and during early to mid June are crawling on every willow on the Big Hole. These oversized flying bugs are such an amazing meal for the fish, that nearly every trout in the river is looking up just waiting for a Salmon Fly to hit the water.
There is nothing in the world like throwing a 2 inch dry fly along a cut-bank under an overhanging willow, making the perfect mend to keep the fly tucked tight to the bank, and then seeing the mouth of a twenty-plus inch brown trout come up and grab your foam imitation. It is am exhilarating experience that every angler should experience at least once in his or her life.
With the amount of snow that we have in the mountains during this 2011 spring, and the temperatures that we have seen so far this spring, we are predicting that the Salmon Fly hatch will be arriving slightly later than usual. Having said that, predicting the timing of the Salmon Fly hatch is nothing more than a blind guess, but our Big Hole River Guides think that June 13th to June 26th sounds like a probable prediction to me. Contact us today to book your trip.