Thursday, August 6, 2020

The scorching heat has taken a toll on our rivers lately. We are currently needing a cool down on all of our rivers ASAP. Currently, we are having hatches of Trico’s, some PMD’s and caddis. Swinging streamers and soft hackles in the riffles have been working well for us and has been producing some really nice fish. We are having some fish chow hoppers on the grassy agriculture banks below melrose. Our best hopper patters have been low profile leggy creatures. The recent heat wave has the Big Hole on “Hoot-Owl” restrictions on certain sections of the River. Read in detail below to find out where the “Hoot-Owl” closes are located.

“Hoot-Owl” restrictions prohibit fishing during the hottest times of the day. A hoot-owl restriction prohibiting fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight. the Hoot-owl restriction is currently in effect in the below locations on the Big Hole

-The Big Hole River From North Fork of the Big Hole River to Dickie Bridge west of Wise River, and from Maidenrock fishing Access Site (FWP site) to the Beaverhead River.

The section that is open to all day fishing with no restrictions is from Dickie Bridge on the Big Hole down to Maiden Rock (FWP) access site. If you need clarification of this location please call the shop 406-835-3474.

Please purchase your Fishing Licenses online. Click Here to purchase

COVID-19 Phase 2 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  6. Masks are required to be worn in the shop
  7. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  8. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase 

Check out our web store for the latest hopper patterns and gear. We have the new Thunder Thigh hopper,  Ross Reels Gunnison 5/6 in stock and many items from Abel, Winston, Scott Fly Rods and Patagonia.

#Mini Loop Sculpin
#8 McCunne’s Sculpin
#4 Little Kim Copper
#8 Pat’s Stone (Tan/Brown)
#18 Trico Spinner
#10 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Pink)
#16 Tilt Wing PMD

#12 Purple Rooster
#16 Jig Lightning Bug
#16 Jig CDC Pheasant Tail
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#14 Purple Haze
#18 High Vis Trico Spinner

 Sunrise guide Lee Coyle finding a great fish on the Big Hole recently

Sunrise guide Lee Coyle finding a great fish on the Big Hole recently

 Plenty of great hopper patterns on our web store

Plenty of great hopper patterns on our web store

 Browse our T shirts on our web store

Browse our T shirts on our web store

 Ross Reels Gunnison 5/6 in stock on our web store

Ross Reels Gunnison 5/6 in stock on our web store

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Big Hole River Report

The Big Hole is in a transition period from PMD’s and caddis to terrestrials and Trico’s. We are seeing some PMD’s in the morning hours hatching. The hopper fishing below Melrose has been good. We are fishing small hoppers and ant patterns in the size #14, #12 and #10 range. Trico’s have been spotted on some days below Divide. Look for the trico hatch to thicken up this coming week. Streamers fishing and nymphing in the shallow riffle has remained productive for our guides. Spruce Moth’s have not been spotted yet but we should start to see them soon. Flows have remained fantastic lately on the Big Hole. We are still using drift boats from Divide down stream.

Please purchase your Fishing Licenses online. Click Here to purchase

COVID-19 Phase 2 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  6. Masks are required to be worn in the shop
  7. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  8. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase 

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

#6 Mini Dungeon Natural
#6 Lil’ Kim (Silver)
#6 Mini Peanut (Olive)
#6 Pat’s Stone
#14 Stealth Ant Black/red/purple
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#16 Hi Vis PMD

#12 Purple Rooster
#16 Jig Frenchie
#14 Pearl Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#14 Purple Haze
#16 Split Winged Adams (Purple)

 Plenty of new Ant patterns on our web store. browse our inventory online.

Plenty of new Ant patterns on our web store. browse our inventory online.

 New Patagonia Tropic Comfort hoodies in stock. Browse our inventory online.

New Patagonia Tropic Comfort hoodies in stock. Browse our inventory online.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Big Hole River Fishing Report

We have been enjoying fantastic fishing on the Big Hole recently. Currently the flows around Melrose are 1,230 cfs. We are having hatches of PMD’s, Caddis, Yellow Sallies and nocturnal stoneflies. Dry fly fishing in the early morning hours on nocturnal stoneflies has been good and then PMD’s around 10:00 am have had the fish looking up. You will have Yellow Sallies midd day and Caddis in the evening. The streamer fishing in the shallow riffles are producing great brown trout right now through the day and even in the bright sun.

Please purchase your Fishing Licenses online. Click Here to purchase

COVID-19 Phase 2 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  6. Masks are required to be worn in the shop
  7. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  8. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase 

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we will make it through these difficult times

#4 Smokin’ Mirrors
#4 Mini Loop Sculpin
#4 Little Kim Silver
#6 Pat’s Stone
#14 Pearl Mightning Bug
#10 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#12 Purple Craze

#12 Comparadun ( Purple) (Yellow)
#14 Red Copper John
#14 Jig Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#14 Jig Spanish Bullet

 Frank with a nice lower Big Hole trout

Frank with a nice lower Big Hole trout

 Check out our logo gear on our web store

Check out our logo gear on our web store

 Plenty of go to Jig patterns on our web store

Plenty of go to Jig patterns on our web store

 20 % Simms Riprap Wading Sandals

20 % Simms Riprap Wading Sandals

Friday, July 10, 2020

Big Hole River Fishing Report

The Big Hole is fishing very well right now. We are seeing flows around 1,700cfs in Melrose today. The lower stretches of the river are seeing nocturnal stoneflies hatching, PMD’s, Caddis and Yellow Sallies. The best opportunity for stone fly dries is getting out early in the morning or late in the evening on the lower river. We should to see nocturnal stoneflies in the coming week up in the Maiden Rock Canyon. Streamers have been working very well in the shallow fast riffles. Sculpin and minnow patterns are working well for streamers. You will find pods of fish rising to PMD’s in the morning hours and caddis in the evenings. River conditions are ideal right now for great fishing on the Big Hole.

#4 Mini Loop Sculpin
#4 McCunnes Sculpin
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat’s Stone
#6 Flash minnow (Purple)
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#12 Purple Craze

#12 Brendal Chute
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Jig Pearl Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#8 Water Walker (Purple) (Pink)
#8 Chubby Peanut

 A fine trout from a few days ago

A fine trout from a few days ago

 Great Jig nymphs on our online store

Great Jig nymphs on our online store

 Browse our streamers online

Browse our streamers online

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Big Hole River Fishing Report

Here we are in July and the Big Hole is over 4,000cfs. June was a rollercoaster month and we are looking forward to dropping flows on the Big Hole River. The river has crested from this last rain/snow event. It looks like the weather is going to dry out and the Big Hole will be in fantastic shape for the month of July. We have hatches of Golden Stone’s, PMD’s, Caddis, Drakes and Yellow Sallies. When conditions are right the dry fly fishing the next several days should be stellar. The streamer fisherman are excited having these high flows to chuck streamers. Look for the Big Hole to continue to drop and fishing to get very good from Maiden Rock down stream.

Please purchase your Fishing Licenses online. Click Here to purchase

COVID-19 Phase 2 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. Before touching any flies, please get a pair of rubber gloves from an employee
  6. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  7. Masks are required to be worn in the shop
  8. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  9. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase
  10. Credit Card only Purchases.

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we will make it through these difficult times

#8 Henry’s Fork Golden Stone

#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat’s Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#10 Purple Craze

#12 Tilt Wing PMD
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#14 Purple Haze

 Sunrise guide Any Barkley with a 26 inch brown caught by our client.

Sunrise guide Any Barkley with a 26 inch brown caught by our client.

 Utilize our pick up window with your web order or store purchase.

Utilize our pick up window with your web order or store purchase.

 Simms Rip Rap Sandal Sale.

Simms Rip Rap Sandal Sale.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Big Hole River Salmonfly Hatch Update

The Big Hole has been fishing fantastic lately. The Salmonfly hatch has not let us down one bit. Some of the best dry fly fishing of the year has been had lately depending on the time of day and the stretch of river that you are on. You will find Salmonflies and golden stones hatching below East Bank and all the way down into the Maiden Rock Canyon. We also have PMD’s and caddis hatching throughout the day. Streamers have also been good in the evening hours. Looks like we are getting moisture early this week and then some drier weather later in the week. The river is currently at a stable flow and visibility is around 4 feet.

COVID-19 Phase 2 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. Before touching any flies, please get a pair of rubber gloves from an employee
  6. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  7. Please wear a facial mask
  8. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  9. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase
  10. Credit Card only Purchases.

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we will make it through these difficult times

#Fluttering Stone
#4 Cat Puke Salmonfly
#6 Chubby Norman
#8 Chubby Peanut
#6 Water Walker (Salmonfly)
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#14 Bloom’s Caddis

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#10 Purple Haze

 Great Fish caught on a Salmonfly this week with Sunrise Fly Shop Big Hole guide Lee Coyle

Great Fish caught on a Salmonfly this week with Sunrise Fly Shop Big Hole guide Lee Coyle

 Only 15 of 25 raffle tickets left for this awesome set up. Call 406-835-3474 for your raffle ticket

Only 15 of 25 raffle tickets left for this awesome set up. Call 406-835-3474 for your raffle ticket

 Patagonia Cool Cap kids shirts in stock on our web-store

Patagonia Cool Cap kids shirts in stock on our web-store

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Big Hole River Fishing Report

The Salmonfly Hatch has started below Melrose. Our guides had some of the best fishing of their careers yesterday below Melrose. I’m sure everyone has heard the saying, “should have been here yesterday.” Don’t worry if you weren’t you haven’t missed the hatch above Melrose. We have spotted the Salmonflies below Melrose but stretches above Melrose have not had adult Salmonflies yet. With this cooler weather and increase in river flows the hatch will take a pause until our next warm up. Looks like mid to late week it will be game on! Salmonfly nymphs are staged up near the banks in the Maiden Rock canyon waiting to hatch. You will want to be here in the next 10 days to enjoy the Salmonfly hatch.

COVID-19 Phase 2 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. Before touching any flies, please get a pair of rubber gloves from an employee
  6. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  7. Please wear a facial mask
  8. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  9. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase
  10. Credit Card only Purchases.

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we will make it through these difficult times

#Flutter Bug
#Rogue Salmonfly
#6 Chubby Norman
#4 Pat’s Stone (Orange/Brown)
#6 Yuk Bug
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#4 Water Walker

#8 Chubby Peanut
#6 Henry’s Fork Stone

 Sunrise Guide Andy Barkley with a nice one from a few days ago

Sunrise Guide Andy Barkley with a nice one from a few days ago

 Trout are keyed into the Salmonfly nymphs in the Maiden Rock Canyon

Trout are keyed into the Salmonfly nymphs in the Maiden Rock Canyon

 Essentail Gear Raffle #11 Winston Alpha + 6 weight | Abel Vaya 5/6 | Simms Nippers | Call to purchase your slots 406-835-3474

Essentail Gear Raffle #11 Winston Alpha + 6 weight | Abel Vaya 5/6 | Simms Nippers | Call to purchase your slots 406-835-3474

 Plenty of Salmonflies to choose from online

Plenty of Salmonflies to choose from online

Thursday, June 4, 2020

We have seen peak flows on the Big Hole River this week from runoff. So what does that mean? Salmonflies will be here soon, in fact any day now we will see the big bugs below Melrose. Flows have dropped below 5,000cfs at the Melrose gauge. Once the Melrose gauge gets below 4,000cfs your typical willow lines and banks will be fishable. Water temperatures are right in line for the salmonfly nymphs to be moving near the banks. We have been out the last few days below Melrose and we are picking up fish on salmonfly nymphs. Any day now we will be throwing massive foam flies into the willows and banks expecting explosive eats on the surface. Once the hatch starts we will let you know. Streamers and nymphs are the name of the game right.

2020 Salmonfly Fest has been canceled due to the risk of Covid-19. We are going to be having some great raffle items to help celebrate the annual event. Stay tuned for raffle items coming this week announced on instagram and on our fishing reports page.

COVID-19 Phase 2 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. Before touching any flies, please get a pair of rubber gloves from an employee
  6. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  7. Please wear a facial mask
  8. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  9. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase
  10. Credit Card only Purchases.

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we will make it through these difficult times

#4 Smokin’ Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#4 Pat’s Stone (Orange/Brown) (Black)
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#12 X Caddis

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#14 Purple Haze
#1 Dungeon (Yellow) (Black/Purple)

 Plenty of Salmonflies in Stock. Order online or stop in for your next purchase

Plenty of Salmonflies in Stock. Order online or stop in for your next purchase

 Summer is here and it is time to go fishing

Summer is here and it is time to go fishing

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Big Hole River Fishing Report

We are in the middle of a caddis frenzy on the Big Hole. The river has dropped to a great level and cleared, with over 2 feet of visibility. You will find the best caddis dry fly fishing towards evening or on a cloudy overcast day. Around Melrose you will have to find back eddies or back channels to fish the dries. On the upper Big Hole where we have less volume of water and the gradient is less, you will have fish up eating caddis when conditions are right on the slow grassy banks. The streamer fishing has been good river wide lately and the nymph anglers have been cleaning up with heavy tippet.

Currently we are in Stage 1 restrictions due to Covid-19. Governor Bullock announced yesterday that the state of Montana will move to Stage 2 Restrictions on June 1st. Big news for us outfitters since this will remove travel restrictions and 14-day quarantine requirements in Montana. 

COVID-19 Phase 1 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. Before touching any flies, please get a pair of rubber gloves from an employee
  6. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  7. Please wear a facial mask
  8. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  9. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase
  10. Credit Card only Purchases.

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we will make it through these difficult times

#4 Smokin’ Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Dungeon (Yellow/Black/Natural)
#6 Pat’s Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#12 Flambeau Caddis

#12 X Caddis
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#8 Hot Bead Worm
#12 Jig Head Pheasant Tail
#14 Purple Haze

 Sunrise Fly Shop Guide Rutger Wilson with a nice Big Hole fish

Sunrise Fly Shop Guide Rutger Wilson with a nice Big Hole fish

 Plenty of Great Caddis patterns online and in the shop. Browse our inventory today

Plenty of Great Caddis patterns online and in the shop. Browse our inventory today

 25% off Simms Rogue Hoody Jacket

25% off Simms Rogue Hoody Jacket

 Check out our new hats and flies on our web store

Check out our new hats and flies on our web store

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Big Hole River Fishing Report

Due to rain and snowmelt the Big Hole is not looking like a good option this morning. The river has come up about 1,000 cfs in 24 hours at the Mudd Creek gauge site. Today is a great day to head to tailwaters to fish or take a risky shot to catch a fish on the Big Hole. Conditions should improve soon. We will keep you posted as the river comes into better shape.

Memorial Day Weekend online Sale. Use Coupon Code “MAYSALE.” too take 15% off your entire online purchase. You can have the products shipped or click “Store Pickup” and utilize our pickup window at our shop.

Currently we are in Stage 1 restrictions due to Covid-19. Governor Bullock announced yesterday that the state of Montana will move to Stage 2 Restrictions on June 1st. Big news for us outfitters since this will remove travel restrictions and 14-day quarantine requirements in Montana. 

COVID-19 Phase 1 Social Distancing and Sanitization Shop Regulations

In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
  3. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  4. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  5. Before touching any flies, please get a pair of rubber gloves from an employee
  6. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  7. Please wear a facial mask
  8. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  9. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase
  10. Credit Card only Purchases.

We have a Pick-Up window for customers that would prefer doing take-out orders

Thank you for your cooperation. Together, we will make it through these difficult times

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#4 Smokin’ Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat’s Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (Olive)
#12 March Brown

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Jig Head Pheasant Tail
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#8 San Juan Worm
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

 Travel Restrictions into Montana are uplifted June 1st. We are welcoming tourists at the start of June!

Travel Restrictions into Montana are uplifted June 1st. We are welcoming tourists at the start of June!

 Memorial Day Weekend Sale 15% off use Coupon Code ″MAYSALE″ when you checkout online

Memorial Day Weekend Sale 15% off use Coupon Code ″MAYSALE″ when you checkout online

 ″New″ Flies in stock. ″New″ Scott Sector Fly Rod In Stock

″New″ Flies in stock. ″New″ Scott Sector Fly Rod In Stock

 Utilize our Store ″Pick Up Window″

Utilize our Store ″Pick Up Window″

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