The ice has just come off the upper Big Hole River. We had a massive surge of water yesterday coming downstream. The river went from about 1,000cfs to over 3,000cfs in one huge surge. With this said, the river is not fishing and we will keep you updated when things improve. It will take sometime for the river to clear up and start fishing again. Check with us and we will keep you posted.
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Things changed quickly here yesterday. The ice is breaking up on the upper Big Hole which has increased the flow of the river and the clarity got really bad yesterday. We had a boat down in the notch bottom area and they saw several adult Skwalas on the water. Fishing was good for about 2 hours on dries. With the lack of clarity in the river today and the steep rise in volume fishing will be tough today. I would stay off the river unless you want to take a scenic float and enjoy the warm spring weather. We will let you know when things improve.
Recommended Flies : #12 Prince Nymph; #10 Pat’s Stone Brown/Green; #18 Shop Vac; #18 Micro Mayfly; #10 San Juan Worm; #10 Mr. Beam Skwala #10 Bullet Head Skwala #8 J.J. Special #10 Sparkle Minnow; #4 Sunrise Sculpzilla
Happy New Year to everyone as we get out our first Big Hole River fishing Report of the year. We are looking forward to a great 2016 and the Big Hole River drainage and valley is covered with a slightly above average snowpack. The river is pretty iced over and you will only find certain spring fed areas fishable. The trout are pretty dormant this time of year. The snowpack in the Jefferson drainage is 107% of normal, which includes the Big Hole River, Beaverhead River and Jefferson River. This is a nice start to the snowpack but we still have three months of accumulating snowpack ahead of us. With this said it is too early to predict our water supply for the 2016 season but we are off to a good start. Our valley snowpack is very good, which always makes a big difference in gaining good water supply for our rivers and replenishing the ground water supply. The snow sites that record the snowpack on the below image is based on high elevation snowpack. It is nice to report that our valleys also have significant snowpack for this date in time. We will keep you posted throughout the winter season.
Flows have increased out of Clark Canyon Reservoir. We now have a flow of 520cfs out of the dam. The water is still pretty cold so the hatches have not started up near the dam. We have been manly nymphing on the Beaverhead River. The fish have been actively eating and we have seen some nice ones to start the month. We have been staying above Grasshopper Creek. The Beaverhead River fishing report has been consistent lately and the fishing is improving with the increase in flows out of the reservoir.
Flies: #18 Split Back, #16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug, #18 Pink Ray Charles, #10 San Juan Worm, #18 Micro Mayfly, #4 Black Sculpzilla, #6 Sparkle Minnow,
The Big Hole River fishing report is improving. The days are getting longer and warmer, which has been clearing the lower Big Hole from ice. The ice is finally off the river in the Melrose area and we have a Big Hole River flow reading above 600 cfs at the Melrose guage station. Don’t let this fool you though we still have large ice shelves on areas of the river. The Glen guage is still reading Ice and the Maiden Rock guage is the only other spot reading a flow at this time. Your best option is currently wade fishing the deeper tail outs of the runs in the afternoons. Nymphing is your best option with an occasional midge hatch in the afternoons. It will be a nice day today and then we are back to winter weather. We have a winter storm warning Monday and Tuesday followed by cold temperatures the rest of the week. The snowpack continues to climb. The Big Hole valley has a snow/water content of 144% and the snowfall amount is 118% of normal. Our Big Hole river guides are eager to get back on the water the first week of April.