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Well, it looks like runoff is officially here. At 9:00 on Memorial Day, the Big Hole in Melrose was at 7800 cfs. But even though the lower river is unfishable, the upper reaches of the river are still looking good. We fished from Mudd Creek to East Bank yesterday and had a very respectable day. The visibility at Mudd Creek was more than two feet and the flow was very manageable. We caught several fish over 20 inches slow stripping a Coffee Bugger with a red San Juan worm trailer.
It is important to note that we do not recommend floating on the Big Hole River below the Wise River. The river in Melrose is approaching flood stage, and floating the Big Hole at these flows can be very dangerous. If you choose to fish the Big Hole, please float with caution.
Below are two of the nice Browns the Bob and his son Grahm caught yesterday on their float from Mudd Creek to East Bank