The Big Hole River has been fishing well. This fish was caught on the upper Big Hole River. 26 inch 8lb. brown. This was a fish of a lifetime. Way to go Steve Gilb. It will be an interesting week. Will the Big Hole River remain at a steady flow or will it spike from snowmelt. I have been thinking I can predict mother nature but we all know that is difficult to do. Traffic here has remained very light and the fishing has been great. Some caddis still around in the Maiden Rock Canyon, mainly streamer fishing and nymphing everywhere else. Salmon Flies soon??
Mother’s day Caddis arrives on June 1st. After the last couple of years of having a late spring, we should call it the June 1st Caddis Hatch. I did an evening float from Maiden Rock to Melrose and we did well on caddis dries through the entire canyon. You had to be in backwater channels and back eddies for the dry fly fishing. Get over here fast before the next push of water. We also threw streamers late in the evening and moved several fish on J.J’s and muddy buddies. The river has moved some trees below the Meriwether Ranch. The one large cottonwood that has been pointing downstream right above the slough channel is now gone. The power of water this time of year makes you realize that you need to be on your toes while rowing.