Opening up soon

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Fishing season is almost here. The river-ice on the Big Hole is starting to recede and the river is starting to open up. The majority of the river is still under ice, but sections of the lower river are already starting to flow. It won’t be too much longer and we’ll be able to start fishing.

The winter snowpack is above 120% of average, and things are looking great as we get ready to start the 2014 season. If you haven’t booked your 2014 fly fishing vacation with Sunrise Fly Shop yet, call and reserve your dates soon.

The Sunrise Fly Shop will be opening its doors for the 2014 season on Monday March 31st

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Stamped with Approval

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Southwest Montana and the Big Hole Valley continues to be in a favorable weather pattern for snowfall.  The Big Hole and Beaverhead drainage is now reaching 98% snowpack for this date in time.  The snowpack has a snow/water equivalency of 121%, which is excellent for our Southwest Montana rivers.

Great news for Sunrise Fly Shop in the fly fishing industry.  We are now working with the #1 booking agent in the fly fishing world.  Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures has stamped Sunrise Fly Shop as one of their domestic destinations.  You will find our listing with Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures in their 2014 catalog and on the Yellow Dog website.  The Sunrise Fly Shop Yellow Dog all inclusive package includes lodging at the Great Water Inn and your finest fly fishing guides at the Sunrise Fly Shop.

Cabin fever is definitely setting in for us here in Southwest Montana.  Here is a nice photo to get you excited for Spring fishing on the Big Hole River, which is coming soon.  This brown was caught last May on the Big Hole River in the East Bank section of the river. In the month of May you will find excellent streamer fishing for large aggressive brown trout and the famous Mother’s Day Caddis hatch.

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Big Hole River Spring Fishing Special

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It’s time to start thinking about the Big Hole River Spring fishing special.  This is our 5th year in a row running this great Spring discount.  The Big Hole River has unmatched dry fly fishing in April and early May.  The Big Hole River Skwala hatch gets the large browns looking up to eat dry flies.  If you are willing to deal with cooler weather and some possible snow showers you can be rewarded with some excellent top water fishing this Spring.  We also have hatches of Blue Winged Olives in the Spring.  You will find solitude in the Spring on the Big Hole River and aggressive fish wanting to shake the winter off and eat some large stoneflies.  The package rate we are offering includes your lodging and guided fishing based on double occupancy.  The lodging is right next to our fly shop at the Sportsman Motel in Melrose.  All of your dining and drinking needs can be satisfied at the HItchin’ Post right next to our Big Hole River fly shop.  Don’t let the spring pass you by without our Big Hole River guides showing you the best spring trout fishing you have experienced.

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Beaverhead River Fishing Report

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Date:    30-Oct-2013

Fishing Report:

The Beaverhead has dropped to winter flows.  Leave the boat at home and get the waders on since you will not get your boat down the river right now.  The fish are in the obvious places right now.  Blue Winged Olives are hatching and your basic Beaverhead nymphs are working well.

For winter updates stay in touch with our blog.

Files:

#18 Kyle’s Bent Sally, #18 Tungsten Sally, #18 Scuds pink/olive/tan #20 Micro Mayfly, #18 Splitback PMD, #18 Zebra Midge, #18 copper john #16 Snow Shoe Sally, 18 PMD Comparadun


Previous Reports

Date:    24-Jul-2013

Fishing Report:

Fishing remains very good on the Beaverhead.  Flows out of Clark Canyon Reservoir remains at 750cfs.  PMD’s and Yellow Sallies have been hatching well on the Beaverhead.  You will find good dry fly fishing in the slick and below High Bridge on PMD’s and Sallies.  The Nymphing remains very consistent.  Look for the fish sitting on the edges of runs and in the 3 foot chop water.

Flies:

The Most Up to Date, Accurate Fly Fishing Report for the Beaverhead River

Our Beaverhead River Fishing Report will prepare you for a great day of fly fishing on this fairly technical tailwater fishery.  With tiny bugs and selective trout, it is important that you know which flies and which sizes are producing the best fishing. If you are considering fly fishing Montana, the Beaverhead River is a must, and the Sunrise Fly Shop is committed to providing the most accurate Beaverhead River Fishing Report.   As the leading Beaverhead River fly fishing guide service and outfitter, our guides are on the river every day.  Check back often for the latest river information including flies, weather and flows for the Beaverhead River.

Click here for more information on fly fishing the Beaverhead River, or Contact Us today to plan your next Beaverhead River fly fishing vacation.

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Fishing Report

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Date:  1-Nov-2013

Shelf ice, and floating ice on the Big Hole, not a surprise since it is winter here.  We have a good start to the snowpack.  The upper Big Hole is reading 165% of normal.  It is still early in the snow season but it is a good start.  If you find the itch to get out this winter I would recommend finding the spring fed areas that stay ice free on the Big Hole.  Midges will be out on damp, mild overcast days and nymphing a San Juan Worm and a #10 Pat’s Stone will get ’em.

For winter updates stay in touch with our blog.  

Files:

#16 Micro May Fly, #16 Flashback Pheasant Tail, #12 Pat’s Stone Black #10 UV Chubby, #12 X Cadidis #12 Purple Haze #4 Pats Stone black, #8 San Juan Worm, #8 Prince Nymph, #8 pheasant tail, #10 Silver Lightning Bug #6 J.J. Special #6 Olive Beldar #6 Skiddish Smolt #4 Lil’ Kim Copper #6 Yellow Zonker, #4 Yellow Yummy, #4 Coffey Bugger #4 Home invader Yellow/black/white #4 Bad Boy natural/yellow/olive

USGS Current Big Hole River Water Flows

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Big Hole Snowpack Update

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We just finished up a bitter cold snap here in Southwest Montana.  We had ten days of sub zero temperatures, some of the lowest reading we had were -30 degrees.  Right now we are back on average temperatures and it is currently snowing in the high country.  We have a great start to the Montana Snowpack and the Big Hole River snowpack.  The mountains in the Big Hole watershed and Beaverhead watershed are reading about 130% of normal for this date in time.   We are pleased with good start to our snowpack as the first day of the official winter season isn’t until December 21st.

It looks like we are going to have a cold winter with above average snowpack according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Here is a link to an informative article on the winter outlook.    2013 will be wrapping up here shortly and we are looking forward to great Big Hole River spring fishing come April.

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Fall fishing has been solid.  The fishing is definitely better on overcast days, but you can still find a fish or two on the bright sunny days.  Slow stripping or dead drifting streamers and nymphing stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms have been the most successful techniques.  Yellow and brown have been the color of choice for the streamers.

With night temps frequently falling into the mid 20’s, there is no need to be on the water early.  Let the water warm up a bit before you start your day of fishing.

We will be closing for the season on 10/25/2013, so come fish the Big Hole before the season is officially over.

Files:

The Most Up to Date, Accurate Fly Fishing Report for The Big Hole River

Our Big Hole River Fishing Report will give you all the information you need to have a great day of fly fishing on this dynamic river with constantly changing conditions and hatches. If you are considering fly fishing in Southwest Montana, the Beaverhead River is a must, and the Sunrise Fly Shop is committed to providing the most accurate Beaverhead River Fishing Report.  

As the leading Big Hole River fly shop, fly fishing guide service and outfitter, our guides are on the river every day. You can count on us to provide you with the most accurate, up to date, and honest Big Hole River fishing report available.  Whether you are planning a Big Hole River fly fishing vacation or just need an escape from work, nobody keeps you more connected with Southwest Montana fly fishing conditions than the Sunrise Fly Shop.  Check back often to get the latest river information, including flies, weather and flows for the Big Hole River.

Click here for more information on fly fishing the Big Hole River, or Contact Us to plan your trip today!

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Big Hole River Fly Shop Fishing Report

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As we move into August we have cooler water temperatures and feisty trout on the Big Hole River.  Flows are below average for this time of year but we are enjoying great dry fly fishing.  Trico’s in the morning, with hopper and ant fishing in the afternoons.  This is the time of year that we hunt large browns in skinny water on the Big Hole River.  The Beaverhead River has been fishing well.  We are starting to do well with hoppers and the PMD fishing continues to produce nice fish on the upper Beaverhead.

 

Client Frank Szewczyk caught these two great Big Hole Browns while he fished with us recently.

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Salmonfly Hatch Update Big Hole River

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The Salmonfly hatch is progressing up the river.  We had great fishing on Salmonflies from Brownes to Glen Yesterday.  The Salmonflies are all the way up to Maiden Rock right now.  The river flows are low for this time of the year 1700cfs at Maiden Rock right now.  With great water clarity the fish really want your patterns to be dead drifted with no drag right now. Get out there and have some fun.

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Salmonflies on the Big Hole River

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Let the madness begin.  We saw our first Salmonflies on the Big Hole River this morning.  We had some shucks at the Glen Bridge.  The hatch will slowly start to progress on the lower Big Hole.  Water flows and clarity are perfect for a fabulous hatch this year.  It’s time to start chucking the big bugs on the fast banks and some of the biggest brown trout will be eating on the surface.  We will keep you updated on the hatch and where the bugs are.

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