Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Big Hole is currently in great shape. Clarity is around 2 feet and currently the river is stable. Streamer fishing in the canyon sections and lower river has been very good for anglers this week. We should see the fishing continue to be good into the weekend as we have a pretty stable weather pattern. Caddis should start hatching on the lower Big Hole any day now. We have seen March brown’s hatching and some Blue Winged Olives. The best fishing has remained subsurface with nymphs and streamers lately. Pat’s stoneflies, jig head pheasant tail nymphs and streamers have been the ticket.

COVID-19 Phase 1 Social Distancing and Sanitization 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

Currently we are in Phase 1 Business Requirements 

  • A 14 day quarantine for non resident business travelers will remain in effect. If residents or non residents leave the state of Montana and then come back into Montana they are required to self isolate and quarantine for 14 days before being able to visit a retail store or go on a guided fishing trip. Once the ongoing quarantine travel restriction requirements have been met, guides and outfitters may offer their services provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols.  Governor Bullock said “While we love our visitors, we would ask that you not come visit while Montanans are watching out for one another by staying at home. This is important not only to protect our health care system, but also to protect against the spread of COVID-19. As of today, travel from another state or country is the most common known source of COVID-19 infections in Montana. I am asking anyone who is in Montana and has recently traveled from another state or country to do the right thing and self-quarantine for 14 days,” The Directive applies both to Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purposes.
  • In establishments where customers wait in a line, non-household customers should remain physically distanced.
  • Physical Distancing of 6 feet must be maintained between non-congregate customers. This will require the reduction in capacity of our fly shop down to 3 customers at a time.
  • Customer and employees must sanitize their hands before entering the retail store.

Phase 1 and 2 Recreational Guidelines

  • Public lands, fishing access sites, and parks are encouraged to continue to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for local and regional users provided that users can adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and facilities follow frequent sanitizing protocols. Areas that cannot practicably implement social distancing requirements or sanitation needs will remain closed. Limited campground offerings, group-use facilities and playgrounds, may be opened at the discretion of local and state managers. Local, state and federal officials are strongly encouraged to coordinate on all reopening decisions. Guides and outfitters may offer services consistent with any ongoing quarantine travel restrictions provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols. Visitors should check the status of any closures and restrictions before traveling.

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#4 Smokin’ Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#6 Mini Dungeon Black/Yellow
#6 Pat’s Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (Olive)
#12 March Brown

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Jig Head Pheasant Tail
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#14 Purple Haze
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Big Hole Fishing Report

Fishing has picked up on the Big Hole. We are in a great window of spring fishing for the next several days. We have a stable weather pattern and the river has dropped and cleared. Fishing around Melrose has been good. We have not had dry fly fishing but the streamer bite and nymph action has been very productive. Look for the slower seems and edges of banks and you will find the fish. Our best streamers have been dark colored and the yellow favorites for the Big Hole. A few skwallas are still kicking around but we will be waiting for Caddis on the lower river soon.

COVID-19 Phase 1 Social Distancing and Sanitization 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

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

Currently we are in Phase 1 Business Requirements 

  • A 14 day quarantine for non resident business travelers will remain in effect. If residents or non residents leave the state of Montana and then come back into Montana they are required to self isolate and quarantine for 14 days before being able to visit a retail store or go on a guided fishing trip. Once the ongoing quarantine travel restriction requirements have been met, guides and outfitters may offer their services provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols.  Governor Bullock said “While we love our visitors, we would ask that you not come visit while Montanans are watching out for one another by staying at home. This is important not only to protect our health care system, but also to protect against the spread of COVID-19. As of today, travel from another state or country is the most common known source of COVID-19 infections in Montana. I am asking anyone who is in Montana and has recently traveled from another state or country to do the right thing and self-quarantine for 14 days,” The Directive applies both to Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purposes.
  • In establishments where customers wait in a line, non-household customers should remain physically distanced.
  • Physical Distancing of 6 feet must be maintained between non-congregate customers. This will require the reduction in capacity of our fly shop down to 3 customers at a time.
  • Customer and employees must sanitize their hands before entering the retail store.

Phase 1 and 2 Recreational Guidelines

  • Public lands, fishing access sites, and parks are encouraged to continue to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for local and regional users provided that users can adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and facilities follow frequent sanitizing protocols. Areas that cannot practicably implement social distancing requirements or sanitation needs will remain closed. Limited campground offerings, group-use facilities and playgrounds, may be opened at the discretion of local and state managers. Local, state and federal officials are strongly encouraged to coordinate on all reopening decisions. Guides and outfitters may offer services consistent with any ongoing quarantine travel restrictions provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols. Visitors should check the status of any closures and restrictions before traveling.

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

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#18 Jiggy Worm
#14 Purple Haze
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

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 Customers are welcome to use our pick up window for in store shopping or web order pick up.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced that the state of Montana is going to follow a 3-phase guideline to reopen the economy. Part of that guideline stated that nonessential businesses would be allowed to reopen at a limited capacity on Monday, April 27th.

Sunrise Fly Shop will be opening its doors for the first time this season on Monday, April 27th. Because of the fallout of the global pandemic, we will be operating within our Governor’s guidelines for this changed retail environment. We will have guidelines outside of or shop for customers to follow when coming into the shop. We will also have curbside pick and a pick up window on our porch for online orders or phone orders 406-835-3474.

The plan that the Governor has set into motion will start with Stage 1 of a 3-stage process. Stage 1 will have the strictest guidelines. As we move through the phases to reopen the economy, some rules will be relaxed.

Phase 1 Business Requirements 

  • A 14 day quarantine for non resident business travelers will remain in effect. If residents or non residents leave the state of Montana and then come back into Montana they are required to self isolate and quarantine for 14 days before being able to visit a retail store or go on a guided fishing trip. Once the ongoing quarantine travel restriction requirements have been met, guides and outfitters may offer their services provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols.  Governor Bullock said “While we love our visitors, we would ask that you not come visit while Montanans are watching out for one another by staying at home. This is important not only to protect our health care system, but also to protect against the spread of COVID-19. As of today, travel from another state or country is the most common known source of COVID-19 infections in Montana. I am asking anyone who is in Montana and has recently traveled from another state or country to do the right thing and self-quarantine for 14 days,” The Directive applies both to Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purposes.
  • In establishments where customers wait in a line, non-household customers should remain physically distanced.
  • Physical Distancing of 6 feet must be maintained between non-congregate customers. This will require the reduction in capacity of our fly shop down to 3 customers at a time.
  • Customer and employees must sanitize their hands before entering the retail store.

Phase 1 and 2 Recreational Guidelines

  • Public lands, fishing access sites, and parks are encouraged to continue to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for local and regional users provided that users can adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and facilities follow frequent sanitizing protocols. Areas that cannot practicably implement social distancing requirements or sanitation needs will remain closed. Limited campground offerings, group-use facilities and playgrounds, may be opened at the discretion of local and state managers. Local, state and federal officials are strongly encouraged to coordinate on all reopening decisions. Guides and outfitters may offer services consistent with any ongoing quarantine travel restrictions provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols. Visitors should check the status of any closures and restrictions before traveling.

We are looking forward to opening on Monday, and we will ensure that we are taking all the precautions necessary to help stop the spread of COVID -19.

Big Hole Report

Currently the Big Hole is of color and not fishing well. The upper river’s ice has broken free and the river is on the rise and dirty. This is the valley floor and low elevation snowpack melting. Once we get this out of the way fishing will be very good. We will keep you posted when the river is clearing and dropping in flows. It is time to head over to the tailwater fisheries in our state.

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

The Beaverhead River is fishing well below Pipe Organ Bridge. Grasshopper Creek is muddy causing the Beaverhead to be off color and not fishing well.

The only clear and fishable water right now is from Pipe Organ Bridge down to where Grasshopper Creek enters the Beaverhead. Call us anytime

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 A mean old brown caught on our local waters last week

A mean old brown caught on our local waters last week

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Big Hole River Fall Fishing Report

It has been an up and down October so far as far as the weather goes. We have seen 30 degrees below normal some days and then normal air temperatures. We are back to the consistent fall weather right now, which has the fishing pretty darn good at the moment. Water temperatures are getting into the upper 40’s and the trout are feeding well during the 10 am – 4 pm window timeframe. For a few hours of the day and in specific sections of the river we are seeing Mahogany Duns and Blue Winged Olives. Our best corse of action for catching fish lately has been streamers and nymphs. Flows are up at the moment and the river is running clear. We are seeing 610 cfs in Melrose and 650 cfs in glen. Fishing will remain strong this month.

We currently have guides available and lodging discounts for the remainder of the month! Give us a call today 406-835-3474

#4 Smokin’ Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat’s Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#12 Mahogany Dun

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis Orange
#14 Purple Haze
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

 Recent catch on a guide trip. It′s been a great October so far.

Recent catch on a guide trip. It′s been a great October so far.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fishing has been pretty tough on the Big Hole lately. We had a boat on the upper Big Hole River today. Clarity was only good around the creeks entering the Big Hole. We managed to get some fish but it was not easy. We are hoping the cooler temperatures will drop the river flow and we will gain some clarity. The upper river is leveling off but we need it to drop and clear. Our Big Hole River guides are on our rivers daily with reports. Once we get to about 2 feet of visibility the Big Hole will fish very well. More reports will come as things get better.

Larry with a nice 20 inch brown caught on the upper Big Hole this week

Recommended Flies : #12 Prince Nymph; #10 Pat’s Stone Brown/Green;  #6 San Juan Worm; #10 Mr. Beam Skwala #10 Bullet Head Skwala #8 J.J. Special #10 Sparkle Minnow; #4 Sunrise Sculpzilla

Thursday, April 30, 2015

We all know the Big Hole can fish well during runoff but you can always have some tough days. As we move into the month of May we will have high water and off color water but we also catch the largest brown trout of the year in May on the Big Hole River. The Big Hole is currently on the rise but we have 18 inches of clarity on the banks. In the month of May we will have mother’s day caddis and great streamer fishing. If the weather stays warm look for the mother’s day caddis to hatch in the next 10 days. We will keep you posted on the progress of the caddis. Right now we are throwing streamers, and various nymphs.  The dry fly fishing has been spotty but great at times. We still have skwalas up river and march brown’s. Conditions in May change quickly so feel free to give us a call or stay hooked to our reports.

Flies: #8 Mr. beam Skwala, #10 Bullet Head Skwala, #10 Pat’s Stone Brown/Green #8 San Juan Worm, Bellyache Minnoe Olive #8 Sparkle Minnow, #4 Yellow/Black Beldar; #10 Prince Nymph: #12 Flashback pheasant Tail 

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