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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Fishing has been improving on the Big Hole river. The longer nights and colder evenings has brought the water temperatures down and gotten the fish more active. We are having good hopper and ant fishing in the afternoons. The mornings are filled with Trico’s and various jig nymphs keeping us hooked up. You can also strip a sculpin in the pools and catch some nice ones.

The Big Hole remains open with no restrictions from Dickie Bridge to Maiden Rock FWP (also known as lower Maiden Rock or Dead Zone) 

River Restriction and Closures:

  • From the Saginaw Bridge of the Big Hole to Dickie Bridge is closed due to low flows. We will update you when this section re opens.
  • From Maiden Rock FWP (also known as lower Maiden Rock or Dead Zone ) down to the confluence with the Beaverhead River is closed due to low flows.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Water Temperatures on the Big Hole are in great shape. We have had a massive cool down and the night time temperatures have helped the river cool off. We are having trico’s, hoppers and ants as our favorite recipe for dry flies. Our best nymphs have been various jig thread flies. Best fishing hours remain around 9 am – 3pm. The Divide access site is back open for anglers to use.

The Big Hole remains open with no restrictions from Dickie Bridge to Maiden Rock FWP (also known as lower Maiden Rock or Dead Zone) 

River Restriction and Closures:

  • From the Saginaw Bridge of the Big Hole to Dickie Bridge is closed due to low flows. We will update you when this section re opens.
  • From Maiden Rock FWP (also known as lower Maiden Rock or Dead Zone ) down to the confluence with the Beaverhead River is closed due to low flows. When this re opens we will let you know.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Fishing has been tough lately. The cool down and hopefully moist weather this week should have the larger brown trout looking to eat during the day. We have trico’s hatching and terrestrials. Flying ants and hoppers are keeping people hooked up after the trico hatch. If we get a significant cool down this week streamers will come into play again. I would throw an olive or black sculpin in the deeper pools or up into the riffles.

 

The Big Hole River remains open to fishing with no restrictions from Dickie Bridge to Lower Maiden Rock FWP (Dead Zone)

Closures and Restrictions:

Until further Notice: Divide fishing access and campground is closed due to being used as a campground for fire crew.

  • Full River Closure from the Headwaters to Dickey Bridge due to low flows.
  • Full River Closure from Maiden Rock FWP ( or known as Dead Zone ) to the Beaverhead confluence. We are asking all anglers to stop fishing once the river hits 68 degrees on any section of the river.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Fishing has been tough some days for our guides and good some days. We have Trico’s hatching, flying ants and hoppers. Water is remaining cold in the mornings and some days heating up to critical levels. Please stop fishing if the water temperature hits 68 degrees in the afternoon. We are expecting a nice cool down early next week.

 

The Big Hole River remains open to fishing with no restrictions from Dickie Bridge to Lower Maiden Rock FWP (Dead Zone)

Closures and Restrictions:

Hoot Owl Restrictions mean that you can fish from Midnight till 2:00pm. The Hoot Owl closure starts at 2:00pm and ends at Midnight each day.

Until further Notice: Divide fishing access and campground is closed due to being used as a campground for fire crew

Full River Closure from the Headwaters to the North Fork Road near Wisdom due to low flows.

Hoot Owl Restriction from the North Fork Road to Dickie Bridge

Hoot Owl Restriction from Lower Maiden Rock FWP ( or known as Dead Zone ) to Notch Bottom (Tony Shoonen Access)

Full River Closure from Notch Bottom (Tony Shoonen) downstream to the Beaverhead confluence.

We are asking all anglers to stop fishing once the river hits 68 degrees on any section of the river.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Fishing has been been getting a bit better here on the Big Hole River. We have had some rain and more is in the forecast. Hatches of Trico’s, PMD’s and terrestrials are keeping us hooked up on the surface. We have some flying ant’s and hoppers for the terrestrials. Spruce Moth’s have not been hatching this year in the abundance that we are used to seeing. You will still find some Spruce Moth’s in the Jerry Creek to Divid Section.

The Big Hole River remains open to fishing with no restrictions from Dickie Bridge to Lower Maiden Rock FWP (Dead Zone)

Closures and Restrictions:

Until further Notice: Divide fishing access and campground is closed due to being used as a campground for fire crew

Full River Closure from the Headwaters to the North Fork Road near Wisdom due to low flows.

Hoot Owl Closure from the North Fork Road to Dickie Bridge

Hoot Owl Closure from Lower Maiden Rock FWP ( or known as Dead Zone ) to Notch Bottom (Tony Shoonen Access)

Full River Closure from Notch Bottom (Tony Shoonen) downstream to the Beaverhead confluence.

We are asking all anglers to stop fishing once the river hits 68 degrees on any section of the river.

 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Fishing has been good some days and tough at times. We are seeing the start of the Trico hatch on the Big Hole River. You will find scattered PMD’s in the morning along with the Trico’s. Hoppers and ants are also taking fish on the surface lately. Flows are well below average and water temperature closures and low flow closures are in place on certain sections of the river.

Full River Closure from the Headwaters to the North Fork Road near Wisdom due to low flows.

Hoot Owl Closure from the North Fork Road to Dickie Bridge

Hoot Owl Closure from Lower Maiden Rock FWP ( or known as Dead Zone ) to Notch Bottom (Tony Shoonen Access)

Full River Closure from Notch Bottom (Tony Shoonen) downstream to the Beaverhead confluence

The river remains open to fishing with no restrictions from Dickie Bridge to Lower Maiden Rock FWP (Dead Zone)

We are asking all anglers to stop fishing once the river hits 68 degrees on any section of the river.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

We are in a massive heat wave here in Montana. Fishing has been good from about 7:00 am – 2:00pm. After 2:00 pm the heat takes over on all our rivers. We have seen good hatches of PMD’s, caddis, and yellow sallies in the mornings. Sculpin patterns in the shallow fast riffles has been good. We also are swinging soft hackle nymphs and producing nice fish in the riffles.

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Dickie Bridge down to Lower Maiden Rock or as we know it Dead Zone or FWP Maiden Rock is open to fishing 24 hours a day. We still suggest resting this section if water temperatures exceed 68 degrees.

Section II: North Fork BHR to Dickie Bridge: Hoot Owl Restriction

 MFWP Maiden Rock (Lower Maiden Rock or known as Dead Zone) to the Confluence of the Jefferson River : Hoot Owl Restriction

Friday, July 2, 2021

The Big Hole River has been fishing well in the early morning and till about 2:00pm. The afternoon water temperatures due to low flows and scorching air temperatures have made for tough afternoons. Some closures are in effect, which are listed below. Please do not fish the river when water temperatures exceed 68 degrees.  We have had great hatches of PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and caddis on the Big Hole. Nocturnal Stone flies have also shown up and has made for some great early  morning dry fly fishing. Nymphing the shallow riffles has produced some great trout lately for our guides. Have a great holiday weekend and remember to keep your fishing to the coolest parts of the day in Southwest Montana.

Dickie Bridge down to Lower Maiden Rock or as we know it Dead Zone or FWP Maiden Rock is open to fishing 24 hours a day. We still suggest resting this section if water temperatures exceed 68 degrees.

Section II: North Fork BHR to Dickie Bridge: Hoot Owl Restriction

 MFWP Maiden Rock (Lower Maiden Rock or known as Dead Zone) to the Confluence of the Jefferson River : Hoot Owl Restriction

 

Hoot Owl restricts fishing during the hottest part of the day, 2pm-midnight, in order to protect the fishery.

Please call us for more information if you need it. 406-835-3474.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

The Big Hole River has been fishing very well lately. We have Salmonflies from just above Jerry Creek down to Divide Bridge. You will see Golden Stone’s, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and Caddis hatching river wide. It is dry fly season and we have been enjoying it! We have been fishing double dry fly rigs or dry dropper rigs most of the day. Stone fly activity has been the best from Jerry Creek down to Maiden Rock. below Melrose you will find more fish keying into PMD’s and Yellow Sallies. We have had some good streamer fishing in the evening or early morning hours. Don’t be afraid to chuck a few streamers in the shallow riffles during the daytime.

 

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 Stoneflies on the Big Hole River

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

The big bugs are here! We have Salmonflies from Glen all the way up into the Maiden Rock Canyon. Adult Salmonflies are blanketing the willows and they will start flying the next few days, which will make for some great dry fly fishing. Flows remain below average and we have past the peak flows for the spring. Water clarity is around 4 feet. You will want to find the fast water to search out the salmon fly activity. It is time to stop everything going on in your life and hit the Salmonflies on the Big Hole River.

 

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