Big Hole River Fishing Report

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Big Hole River Fishing Report

We are in the middle of a caddis frenzy on the Big Hole. The river has dropped to a great level and cleared, with over 2 feet of visibility. You will find the best caddis dry fly fishing towards evening or on a cloudy overcast day. Around Melrose you will have to find back eddies or back channels to fish the dries. On the upper Big Hole where we have less volume of water and the gradient is less, you will have fish up eating caddis when conditions are right on the slow grassy banks. The streamer fishing has been good river wide lately and the nymph anglers have been cleaning up with heavy tippet.

Currently we are in Stage 1 restrictions due to Covid-19. Governor Bullock announced yesterday that the state of Montana will move to Stage 2 Restrictions on June 1st. Big news for us outfitters since this will remove travel restrictions and 14-day quarantine requirements in Montana. 

COVID-19 Phase 1 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. Before touching any flies, please get a pair of rubber gloves from an employee
  6. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  7. Please wear a facial mask
  8. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  9. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase
  10. Credit Card only Purchases.

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we will make it through these difficult times


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