May 23rd 2019 Big Hole River Fishing Report & Weekend Outlook

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May 23rd ’19 Friday Fishing Report & Outlook – Dropping flows and increasing water temps!

After another bout with old man winter, the Big Hole River has been on a steady drop for the last four days. Fishing has picked up from top to bottom, and we will see great conditions for the next week or so through out the Big Hole system. March Browns have been coming off, and we should see more fish looking up as we get into the weekend. Nymphing remains consistent, yesterday reports indicated a preference for stonefly nymph or a small minnow over the popular garden hackle imitation. Check below from fly recommendations.

Streamer anglers also have seen a big increase in action, with lighter tones such as silver, white, and the infamous yellow getting many of the strikes. Keep rotating through your favorite colors, but its important to have minnows and sculpin profiles on deck as well as crawdads for the river downstream from Browne’s bridge.

Those anglers looking for rising trout should be feeling optimistic.  We had numerous eats yesterday with our clients using the dry dropper technique, so that is a good sign. We are hoping to see caddis pop this weekend, and the blue winged olives and march browns will certainly be making an appearance at some point. Be sure to keep an eye on foam eddies and tailout foam/bubble lines for your best shot at getting into topwater action.

The water temperatures will be on the way up for the next few days at least, which will bode well for anyone on the Big Hole. Certain sections may get a little busy this weekend, so please give other folks plenty of space and don’t be scared to try a section less fished. Plenty of big healthy trout throughout the river from top to bottom.

We have guides available, shuttle teams ready, and all the advice you might need so please stop by or give us a call at 406-835-3474 if we can help.

Good luck, tight lines, and wet nets,

Dan Soltau

Shop Manager


#4 Mini Dungeon – White
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Smoke & Mirrors Yellow
#6 Zonker – Yellow & Pearl
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl – Purple
#8 Water Walker – Purple

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#8-10 Girdle Bug – Black
#18 Film Critic BWO
#12 Parachute March Brown
#12-14 Brindle Chute

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Sunrise guide Lee Coyle and company getting into quality brown trout during spring/winter conditions.


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