We had a significant warm up yesterday, which got the water temperatures into the mid 40’s. I spotted two adult skwalas on the water and it was go time. The skwala hatch has started on the Big Hole. From 2:00 yesterday till about 4:30 we had some nice dry fly fishing. The big fish were not rising but plenty of small fish were looking up. I would still give it some time for the big fish to key into the dry fly. This is the earliest we have ever seen skwala activity on the Big Hole. I would stick to droppers in the morning and then around 2:00 you can fish a single dry fly today unless the wind kicks up like it is supposed to. the visibility is still around 2 1/2 feet.
Our guide boat yesterday did well. The mornings are pretty slow due to the freezing nighttime temperatures. Our afternoon fishing yesterday was pretty good. The fish are eating San Juan worms and pat’s stones tight to the banks on the tail outs of the runs. We did some nice fish on streamers on the inside bends of the runs at a dead drift pace. Streamers of choice are Yellow Yummy’s, and sparkle minnows. Sunny and warmer today. The fish should be more active today since it will be warmer. Clarity is still around 2 feet. We have another Big Hole River guide fishing today with clients so we will have more detailed fishing reports throughout the week ahead.
It is time to shake off the cabin fever and enjoy some Big Hole River spring fishing. Our season kicks off soon and our Big Hole River guides are ready to take you fishing. We will have hatches of Skwala stoneflies, and Blue Winged Olives in April and May. Every year some of our largest fish are caught in April and May. Timing of the Skwala hatch on the Big Hole is from April 1st – May 15th. Spring is a time of change, so you have to monitor river flows, temperatures, and weather conditions to catch the elusive Skwala. Experiencing a fly fishing vacation in Montana to catch this hatch is not to be missed. This is a great time to experience trout feeding with fury, as they eat their first stoneflies of the season.