Big Hole River Fishing Report

COVID-19 Shop Update

COVID-19 Update

As we all know, COVID-19 is a major health risk and everyone needs to do their part to help stop the spread of the virus.

As important as it is to stay informed about the Coronavirus and take steps to protect yourself, it is also healthy to have an outlet. Fishing, if done while practicing safe social distancing, is a great way to escape from all of the stresses these unprecedented times can cause.

We here at the Sunrise Fly Shop want to help you get all of the gear that you might need for your spring fishing in Southwest Montana, but in order to help stop the spread of the virus, we will need to conduct business just a little differently.

FLY SHOP

In an effort to protect our customer, our employees, and our families, the fly shop will not be open in a traditional retail store capacity. All orders will need to be placed either online or over the phone. The shop will be open starting on March 28th for Online Store Pick Up and Telephone Orders Only (406) 835-3474. Coming later this week we will have preselected “flies of the week”. These prepackaged flies will be hand selected by our shop staff for the daily conditions and will be available for online and phone orders. We will be happy to hand select any of our flies in stock for store pickup or mail order. Keep a look out for these fly packages starting in April. Nearly all of our products will be available online, but if you are looking for a specific item that you don’t see online, just give the shop a call and we can put together an order over the phone.

Our online store is open now, so head to https://shop.sunriseflyshop.com and see what new gear you might need for this spring. You can even pre-order for a March 28th pick-up. Additionally, if you are in Melrose and you need something from the shop and you haven’t placed an order, just knock on the door. If we are able to maintain safe social distancing, we will be happy to help you get any product or advice that you might need.

Temporarily, think of us like a To-Go Fly Shop.

We will be conducting business in this unorthodox manner until we have assurances that person-to-person contact is once again safe.

LICENSES

If you need to get a 2020 Montana fishing license we suggest that you go to the Montana FWP website and purchase a license online https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html

For the time being, we will not be able to sell hunting or fishing licenses at the fly shop.

SHUTTLES

Unfortunately, at this time we will not be running shuttles. We are currently exploring ways to run shuttles while keeping both our customers and our employees safe from exposure to the virus but we have yet to come up with a safe solution.

Wi-Fi

If you are in Melrose and want to place an order you are welcome to access our Wi-Fi from the fly shop’s parking lot.

Network: Sunrise Fly Shop

Password: 4068353474

OTHER SERVICES

Butte-Silver Bow County has ordered that all bars and restaurants shall be closed. That means that both the Melrose Bar and the Hitchin’ Post are not open for business. You can still get fuel at the Melrose Bar if you have a credit card.

FISHING REPORT

The lower Big Hole is almost completely ice free and it has been fishing well for March. Because of the colder water temperatures we haven’t seen many skwallas yet, but during the warmer parts of the day the subsurface fishing has been solid. Most of the fish have come in the slower tail-outs on a San Juan Worm, Pats Rubberleg, BWO nymph, or a Zebra Midge. 2:00 to 6:00 has been the most productive time of the day.

Reminder: Coming in April we will have preselected “flies of the week”. These prepackaged flies will be hand selected by our shop staff for the week’s conditions and will be available for online and phone orders. Keep a look out for these fly packages starting in April.

Thank you for understanding the changes that we have had to make to try and help stop the spread of the virus. We are excited about the start of the fishing season and we look forward to helping you with all of your fishing needs. Give as call anytime (406) 835-3474.

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