Fishing in Southwest Montana has remained great. We have enjoyed the dropping water. The Big Hole is flowing at 2310cfs today. Dry fly fishing has been heating up on the Big Hole River. We have done well with various chubby patterns in the mornings and evenings for the nocturnal stones hatching. The mid day fishing has varied with the weather. If it is overcast keep the large dries on, if you have bright sun stick with the dry dropper set up. Copper John’s, lightning bugs, and prince nymphs have been doing well in the shallow riffle water. The caddis hatches in the evenings have been stellar. we have been catching some great trout in the past few weeks here.
Doug Barba With a nice Big Hole River Grayling!
It has been a wild June in Southwest Montana, record high water, and huge trout due to the amount of earth worms in the water system. We are looking forward to the best water flows we have seen in many years for August and September on all Southwest Montana Rivers. Happy 4th of July and hope everyone is having a safe weekend. We kick off the week with a dropping Big Hole River. The river is finally below 6000cfs at Melrose. We have Salmonflies still around, Golden Stone, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes and Caddis. You will find the best dry fly fishing on the Big Hole River from Mudd Creek to Divide. Below Divide it has been a subsurface deal until we get some lower water. I think this week we could see the lower river fishing better on dries as it drops. Our early morning fishing on dries on the upper river has been stellar right now.
If you all are on the river please look for a lost rod. One of our clients lost a rod and reel. It was last seen on the bank in front of the bright orange looking cabin below the old Dickey Bridge (that was taken down this spring). Please contact us if found or stop by the shop. The rod has the owners name printed on it. We appreciate your help on finding this item.
Our Clients Winston BIIX was recovered yesterday. A good hearted angler hooked something and it turned out to be our clients lost rod. What are the chances of that! Thanks, our client will be greatly appreciative of your honest efforts. Big fish have been on the bite recently. Recently we had a bump in flows due to rains. The Big Hole is dropping and clearing today 4180cfs in Melrose and dropping. I just got a report from the river and during the cloudy weather today the fish have been taking dries very well. Golden stone attractor patterns along the fast banks have been producing nice fish. We have been fishing the entire Big Hole recently. If you are going to float the lower Big Hole please make sure you have experienced people rowing. Good stuff over here and it is going to keep getting better as the river drops this week.