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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Fishing has been good some days and tough at times. We are seeing the start of the Trico hatch on the Big Hole River. You will find scattered PMD’s in the morning along with the Trico’s. Hoppers and ants are also taking fish on the surface lately. Flows are well below average and water temperature closures and low flow closures are in place on certain sections of the river.

Full River Closure from the Headwaters to the North Fork Road near Wisdom due to low flows.

Hoot Owl Closure from the North Fork Road to Dickie Bridge

Hoot Owl Closure from Lower Maiden Rock FWP ( or known as Dead Zone ) to Notch Bottom (Tony Shoonen Access)

Full River Closure from Notch Bottom (Tony Shoonen) downstream to the Beaverhead confluence

The river remains open to fishing with no restrictions from Dickie Bridge to Lower Maiden Rock FWP (Dead Zone)

We are asking all anglers to stop fishing once the river hits 68 degrees on any section of the river.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

We are in a massive heat wave here in Montana. Fishing has been good from about 7:00 am – 2:00pm. After 2:00 pm the heat takes over on all our rivers. We have seen good hatches of PMD’s, caddis, and yellow sallies in the mornings. Sculpin patterns in the shallow fast riffles has been good. We also are swinging soft hackle nymphs and producing nice fish in the riffles.

Please give us a call for the latest up to date conditions as fire danger changes and fishing restrictions might change 406-835-3474

 

Dickie Bridge down to Lower Maiden Rock or as we know it Dead Zone or FWP Maiden Rock is open to fishing 24 hours a day. We still suggest resting this section if water temperatures exceed 68 degrees.

Section II: North Fork BHR to Dickie Bridge: Hoot Owl Restriction

 MFWP Maiden Rock (Lower Maiden Rock or known as Dead Zone) to the Confluence of the Jefferson River : Hoot Owl Restriction

Friday, July 2, 2021

The Big Hole River has been fishing well in the early morning and till about 2:00pm. The afternoon water temperatures due to low flows and scorching air temperatures have made for tough afternoons. Some closures are in effect, which are listed below. Please do not fish the river when water temperatures exceed 68 degrees.  We have had great hatches of PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and caddis on the Big Hole. Nocturnal Stone flies have also shown up and has made for some great early  morning dry fly fishing. Nymphing the shallow riffles has produced some great trout lately for our guides. Have a great holiday weekend and remember to keep your fishing to the coolest parts of the day in Southwest Montana.

Dickie Bridge down to Lower Maiden Rock or as we know it Dead Zone or FWP Maiden Rock is open to fishing 24 hours a day. We still suggest resting this section if water temperatures exceed 68 degrees.

Section II: North Fork BHR to Dickie Bridge: Hoot Owl Restriction

 MFWP Maiden Rock (Lower Maiden Rock or known as Dead Zone) to the Confluence of the Jefferson River : Hoot Owl Restriction

 

Hoot Owl restricts fishing during the hottest part of the day, 2pm-midnight, in order to protect the fishery.

Please call us for more information if you need it. 406-835-3474.

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