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Winter has been harsh in Southwest Montana this year. Plenty of snow with bitterly cold temperatures. The snowpack in looking great for this years fishing season. The Big Hole / Beaverhead drainages are @ 109% snowpack for this date in time, and we still have another couple months to gain more snow in the high country. The big story this winter has been the ice jams on the rivers. The Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin Rivers have all had major ice jamming events this winter. This has created some low valley flooding at times, and scouring of the banks and rivers. Last week a rancher on the Big Hole River lost several cows due to a break in the ice, the cattle fell through and were lost to the frozen river.
Day time temperatures are now getting above freezing which is starting to break up the ice on our rivers. We will start to get some days of productive fishing later this month. With the healthy snowpack we are looking ahead to another great late summer fishing season. August will be filled with great terrestrial hopper fishing with good water flows. August has been an overlooked month of Southwest Montana fishing in high water years. Take advantage of this in 2011, our Big Hole River guides and Beaverhead River guides will make a memorable fishing trip for you!