BIg Hole River Salmonfly Hatch Update

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Just got our first morning report today of the Big Hole River Salmonfly Hatch.  Fantastic fishing from lower Maiden Rock (FWP) to Brownes bridge.  We have salmonflies from Glen all the way up past Melrose.  We do not have a report of any adult Salmonflies in the Maiden Rock Canyon yet or the Dewey Canyon.  We have been throwing the Salmonfly dry with a Pat’s Stone nymph below it.  Some of our best patterns lately has been the Cat Puke, and Mutant Stone.

Flies: #4 Cat Puke, #4 Rogue Stone, #4 Fluttering Stone, #10 Purple Haze  #8 Chubby Chernobyl black/gold#10 Rocky Mountain Mint, #8 San Juan Worm; #4 Pat’s Stone orange/brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker

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Salmonfly Hatch

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The Salmonfly Hatch started yesterday.  We had two guides float from Melrose to Glen, and both boats saw several adults flying, saw a lot of shucks in the grass and willows, and had great fishing.  They threw a Salmonfly Dry on top with a Stonefly Nymph dropper and had moderate success on the dry, and phenomenal fishing with the dropper.

We also had two guides go up river yesterday.  They didn’t see any Salmonfly Adults flying, but they too had good fishing.  The guides that went up river did not have as much success on dry flies, but they too caught fish on Stonefly Nymphs.

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They’er Here

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The Salmonfly hatch has started.  I just got calls from our guides out on the water today, and they said that the Salmonflies are flying between Browne’s Bridge and Glen.  The report is that Salmonfly Dries and Pats Rubber Legs are working really well on the river.  We will post more info when the guides return to the shop tonight.

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Big Hole River Salmonfly Waiting Game

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Conditions are perfect for the Salmonflies to pop but we have not seen any of the big bugs yet.  We are looking every morning before we open the shop at the bridges and willows to see if we spot any Salmonfly shucks.  The river is dropping and the clarity is about 3 feet with the perfect tea color tint that the Big Hole carries this time of year.  We have been doing very well on the lower Big Hole with Salmonfly nymphs…hmmm that means they should hatch any day now.  Get ready to race over here because the hatch is almost ready to pop.  We will keep you up to date once we spot some Salmonflies.  The entire Big Hole has been fishing very well on streamers and nymphs with the occasional big fish eating the dry fly.  It should be a great Big Hole River Salmonfly hatch this year.

Flies: #10 Purple Haze  #8 Chubby Chernobyl black/gold#10 Rocky Mountain Mint, #8 San Juan Worm; #4 Pat’s Stone orange/brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker

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Beaverhead River Fishing Report

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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,

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Salmonfly Hatch is Coming Soon

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As one of the best springs we have ever seen came to an end, we were hopeful that the trend of great fishing would continue into June.  After less than a week into the month, I think that it is safe to say that June is picking up right where May left off.  The upper Big Hole is still fishing extremely well.  A San Juan Worm dropped below a stonefly dry fly has been our most successful combination.

The lower Big Hole has dropped quite a bit, and it too is fishing well.  Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms, and Yellow Streamers have been the most successful flies below Divide this week.

The Salmonfly Hatch should be just around the corner.  We haven’t seen any Adults crawling yet, but it could start any day now.  As soon as it starts, we will let you know.

If you are concerned about not having enough Salmonfly patterns in your box, don’t worry.  We have more than 30 different Salmonfly Patterns in stock here at the Sunrise Fly Shop.

Below are a few fish that were caught in the first 5 days of June.

 

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What an amazing Spring

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As May comes to a close, we just wanted to take a look back at some of the fish that were caught in the last 6 weeks.  By no means is this all of the big fish that were landed, but it is a nice representation of the kind of Spring we have had on the Big Hole.  To all of you who fished with us this Spring – Thank You.  To all of you that thought about it, but didn’t make it out for a guided trip this Spring – You can book your Spring 2015 trip NOW!

For those of you looking for an actual fishing report – The Big Hole is still fishing very well up high, but now it looks like the middle and lower sections of the river are fishable again.  The flow is down below 7000cfs in Melrose, the water temps are in the mid 50’s, and the river is still dropping.  With cloudy weather in the forecast for the next several days, the streamer fishing in the canyon and the lower river should be good.

The River is still running extremely high and floating the river at these flows can be extremely dangerous.  If you choose to float the Big Hole, Please float with extreme caution.

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The Big Hole is on the drop river wide.

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The Big Hole is on the drop river wide.  It is amazing how this river comes into fishing shape quickly.  We have 2 feet of visibility on the upper river and about 18 inches of visibility here in Melrose.  I think it will flat out fish today.  We will be heading to the upper Big Hole to get above the large volume of water.  Streamers and worms will be the ticket today for the big boys.  We will let you know how it goes. Caddis are as far up as Glen right now.

Flies: #12 Elk Hair Caddis #12 CDC Caddis #10 Purple Haze #10 Rocky Mountain Mint #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Bullet Head Skwala; #8 Rogue River Skwala  #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat’s Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker

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The Spring Rollercoaster Continues

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As we enter another pattern of colder and wetter weather, the Big Hole River is again on the drop and river temperatures are creeping back down into the low 40’s.  The fish have still been very active chasing streamers, but with water temps dropping we might see slower fishing in the mornings.  The forecasted high for the next 5 days ranges from 45 to 55 degrees, which should be sufficient to keep the river warm enough to continue the phenomenal streamer fishing we have been seeing.  The benefit of the cold and wet weather system that we are going to see this weekend is that it will bring with it overcast skies, which will also help continue good streamer fishing.

Below are a couple photos from Lou’s guided trip on Tuesday.

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Here We Go Again

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After hitting 70 degrees in Melrose yesterday, the Big Hole is on the rise again.  It looks like the weather is going to cool off again on Sunday, but for right now we are going to have to deal with another push of water.  As soon as our guides get back to the shop this afternoon, we will update this report with a more detailed fishing report.

*UPDATE* 6:30 pm

The river has lost a fair amount of visibility.  In Melrose, the clarity is down to about 18 inches.  The river above the Wise River has 24 to 30 inches, and from the reports we are hearing the upper river fished much better than the lower and middle sections of the river.  A Red San Juan Worm and a Large Black Pats Rubber Leg were the best flies today.

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