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Big Hole River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

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Big Hole River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

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.

 

#4 Cat Puke
#4 Flutter Bug
#4 Water Walker (Orange/Black)
#4 Pat's Stone (Black) (Orange/Brown)
#6 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Orange) (Purple)
#4 Henry's Fork Stone

#6 Deep Cleaner
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom's Caddis

 Robert with a great Salmonfly eater this week

Robert with a great Salmonfly eater this week

 Dry Flies of choice this week

Dry Flies of choice this week

 We have the perfect rods for the Salmonfly Hatch. Stop in to find your next dream rod.

We have the perfect rods for the Salmonfly Hatch. Stop in to find your next dream rod.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Summer is here and we all know what the month of June starts with, the anticipation of the Salmonfly hatch! Scorching hot temperatures the last few days has the river on the rise with about 2 -3 feet of visibility. Below average flows will make for a fishable Salmonfly hatch this year. We have not spotted any stoneflies yet but the hatch will start on the lower stretches below Melrose soon. When we spot the bugs we will let you know. We have been doing well on Salmonfly nymphs, caddis, and various mayfly jig head nymphs lately. Streamer colors of choice has been black or natural colors.

#4 Lil Kim Tan/Gold
#4 Sparring Partner (Black/Purple)
#4 Barely Legal (Yellow/Olive)
#4 Pat's Stone (Orange/Brown)
#4 Slider Bugger (Black)
#6 Chubby Chernobyl (Orange)

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Jig Blowtorch
#12 Jig Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom's Caddis
#14 Purple Haze

 The Upper Big Hole River

The Upper Big Hole River

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

We just received a much needed snow/rain event in Southwest Montana and particularly in the Big Hole Valley. The River has come up from the storm but is now on the drop. We are noticing the river starting to clear on the edges today. As the flows continue to come down the river will clear and warm up. Fishing is going to get good the next few days. Once water temperatures get back into the 50's we will see caddis hatching. The San Juan worm fishing will be great this week due to the recent bump in flows. The holiday weekend fishing should be great as the warmer weather arrives and the river continues to drop. Streamer fishing will improve as the displaced sculpin look for holding water.

#4 Slider Bugger (Black)
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Tan
#6 Pat's Stone
#6 Sparring Partner (Natural/Yellow)
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (Olive)
#12 March Brown

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

 Mason Paul with a fantastic bruiser from the Big Hole River this month

Mason Paul with a fantastic bruiser from the Big Hole River this month

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Check Out our broad selection of flies on our online store

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Fishing has picked back up the last few days and should continue to improve as the river drops and clears. We currently have 2 feet of visibility and with the dropping flows fish are comfortably feeding. You can find hatches of Skwalla's and March brown's on the water during the day. Subsurface has remained good with some dry fly action throughout the day. Streamers have been pulling some nice fish on the lower Big Hole. Always feel free to call the shop for the latest report as Spring conditions can change quickly.

#4 Slider Bugger Black
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#8 Pat's Stone olive/brown
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (Olive)

#12 CDC Jig Pheasant tail
#14 Spanish Bullet Black
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

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We have your streamers in Stock online and in the Shop

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New Scott Centric In stock online

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Spring fishing has been very good recently on the Big Hole River. Water temperatures are in the low 50's, which means skwallas are hatching. River flows are currently around 1,000cfs and clarity is great. We have seen the skwalla hatch move up into the Maiden Rock Canyon. Our guides were able to fish single dry flies this week and bring up plenty of fish on skwallas. We are also seeing March brown mayflies and midges. We have been floating the Maiden Rock Canyon stretch and reaches below Melrose. For most up to date information please give us a call as spring conditions can change quickly.

#8 MFC Water Walker Skwalla
#8 Mr. Beam Skwalla
#10 Hot Spots Parra Wolf Brown
#8 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (Olive)

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Jig CDC Pheasant Tail
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

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New Hoodies in stock on our online store

Friday, April 23, 2021

The Big Hole River is in great spring time shape. Clarity is 3 feet today and fishing has been good. We have had Skwalla dry fly fishing in the afternoons below Melrose. As the water warms we should see skwalla activity up in the Maiden Rock Canyon any day now. We have been fishing a skwalla dry with about a 2 foot dropper in the morning and then fishing single dries in the afternoons below Melrose. Above Melrose it is mainly still a nymph and streamer game. Our best streamers have been dark colors and getting them on the bottom of the run. Time to get out there while this good spring opportunity is upon us.

 

#4 Slider Bugger Black
#4 Sparrign Partner Brown
#4 Barely Legal
#8 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (Olive)
#10 Bullet Head Skwala

#12 Jig Pheasant Tail
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#18 Purple Haze
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

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Skwalla Patterns In Stock. Browse our flies online

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Orvis Mini Sling in Stock. Browse our Packs and bags online.

Monday, April 12, 2021

The Big Hole River is coming into shape from last week's ice off event. Flows in Melrose are around 1,200cfs and we currently have good visibility in the river. Water temperatures are cold but look for them to improve come this weekend as day time air temperatures get into the 50's. Once our water temperatures get back into the mid 40's look for skwalla adults to start showing themselves below Melrose. The upper river is still not ready for fishing with major ice on the boat ramps. We will be concentrating our fishing from Maiden Rock downstream to the lower Big Hole River. During the week it will be nymphing stone flies and worms and come this weekend we should have some dry fly fishing. It is shaping up to be an excellent window for spring fishing.

 

#4 Slider Bugger
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Gold
#6 Pat's Stone
#4 Sparing Partner
#10 Chubby Chernobyl (olive)
#12 Skinny Chubby Olive

#8 Pink San Juan worm
#10 Red San Juan Worm
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

 A nice brown caught below Melrose right before the ice flows last week

A nice brown caught below Melrose right before the ice flows last week

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 Some great fish caught this week on LOG. Book your trip today for great spring fishing

Some great fish caught this week on LOG. Book your trip today for great spring fishing

Thursday, April 8, 2021

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.

 

 

 Ice Flows yesterday as the Upper Big Hole Valley thaws

Ice Flows yesterday as the Upper Big Hole Valley thaws

 New Orvis Logo gear in stock on our online Store.

New Orvis Logo gear in stock on our online Store.

 New Scott Centric in stock on our online store

New Scott Centric in stock on our online store

 Ross Evolution LTX in stock on our online store

Ross Evolution LTX in stock on our online store

Monday, March 22, 2021

Big Hole Fishing Report: Shop Opens March 26th for the Spring Season

Spring is here despite the recent snowstorm and cold temperatures. We are gearing up for the season with clients arriving this weekend. The fly shop will open March, 26th for the 2021 season. The outlook looks promising for the weekend with temperatures in the mid 50's. We have been out scouting the lower Big Hole and the fish are looking healthy. You will find midges hatching and mainly subsurface activity. We have done well nymphing and streamer fishing during the heat of the afternoon when water temperatures are at the peak. Slow stripping streamers in the slowest water in the runs has produced the best action. We are looking forward to a great spring season. New inventory is coming in the shop daily and we have plenty of great new flies and gear to check out.

 

 

 All New Abel Vaya artist Series in Stock

All New Abel Vaya artist Series in Stock

 All New Winston Air 2 in Stock

All New Winston Air 2 in Stock

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Announcing the new Winston Air 2 Fly Rod

We were fortunate to cast the new Winston Air 2 fly rod yesterday. This rod will be in stock on our online store in 2-3 weeks. You can pre order the rod today! We were able to cast the 905-4 and 906-4 Winston Air 2, thanks to Adam Hutchison of Winston. These rods are truly the next generation of all-around freshwater fly rods. The 5 weight felt like the perfect single dry fly rod for fishing Southwest Montana's larger rivers. Based on the accuracy, feel and power, we were truly impressed.

The 6 weight Air 2 is the perfect Big Hole or Madison River fly rod to do everything you want. This rod will cast large dries with droppers, double dries or streamer. We were truly blown away with the 6 weight, because it is  the one rod to do everything. The full flex and accuracy of these rods truly stood out to us when we were casting the new green stick. We were ecstatic to see the reel seat design on the new Air 2 with a burled wood insert because it went back to the roots of the Winston design. This rod will not only turn fish towards your fly but will catch the eye of anglers on the river. Specifications can be found here 

Winston Air 2 Highlights

  • A new taper design that provides a faster, progressive aa-around action. extremely light, yet powerful
  • Introducing S-2000 a next generation high modulus graphite material for fast recovery speed and smoothness.
  • New Boron Configuration for enhanced power and energy transfer
  • The Custom HSP (high Strain Rate) resin provides an even faster recovery rate that ads a modern feel
  • New light wire shooting Snake Guides
  • The Reel seat is Nickel Silver with Burled Wood insert
 Pre Order the New Winston Air 2 Fly Rod Today

Pre Order the New Winston Air 2 Fly Rod Today

 New Vaya 5/6 Artist Design in stock

New Vaya 5/6 Artist Design in stock

 Winter on the Big Hole near Glen Fishing Access Site

Winter on the Big Hole near Glen Fishing Access Site

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20 % off Ross Gunnison Fly Reels

Friday, October 16, 2020

Here is your weekend fishing report coming straight from our guides on the Big Hole River. We have had a recent snow storm in the mountains that has the Big Hole back above average flows for this time of the year. The Melrose gauge this morning was 509 cfs. The river is running clear and fishing pretty good on streamers and nymphs. Our guides the last few days have done well on yellow/brown streamers, stonefly nymphs and San Juan worms.

you can still take advantage of our October fishing special.

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. Mandatory to practice 6-foot social distancing guidelines while in the fly shop
  3. All customers must sanitize their hands using our provided sanitizer before entering the shop
  4. You are welcome to try on any clothing, but please let us know so that we can sanitize the product when you are finished
  5. Masks are required to be worn in the shop
  6. Restrooms will temporarily be unavailable to the public
  7. Fishing Licenses have to be purchased online. Click Here to purchase 

#4 Dungeon (Yellow) (Natural)
#6 J.J. Special
#4 Little Kim Copper
#10 Pat's Stone (Natural/brown)
#6 Barely Legal
#10 Chubby Chernobyl (Orange)
#12 Mahogany Dun

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

 Ross Reels Gunnison 5/6 in stock

Ross Reels Gunnison 5/6 in stock

 The New Scott Centric in stock

The New Scott Centric in stock

 Streamer season is here

Streamer season is here

Sunday, October 11, 2020

You can find the Ross Reels Limited Edition Animas 5/6 reel on our online store. 

The outlook on fishing this week looks good on the Big Hole River. We are into the prime of our October fishing in Southwest Montana. The next two weeks will be a perfect time to be here before winter sets into the valley. Streamers, Blue winged olives and nymph fishing has all been working well lately. Anglers streamers of choice have had colors of  black, olive and brown. Sub surface fisherman have been happy with blue winged olives and stonefly patterns. Some locations on the lower river have seen good mayfly hatches however most sections have had minimal surface activity.

It is the best time to listen to the fall sounds and beautiful scenery as you cast for one of the largest trout of the season. Flows on the river remain below average for this time of the year, but you are able to get your boat on all of the sections below Divide fishing access site. Please be aware of the spawning areas and do not walk on beds or fish for trout that are spawning. For the next three weeks you can take advantage of our Fall Special fishing package.

6 Mini Dungeon
#Mini Peanut Envy (Olive)
#4 Little Kim Copper
#10 Pat's Stone
#10 Chubby Chernobyl (Orange)
#12 Mahogany Dun

#16 Spanish Bullet (Black)
#16 Jig Pearl Lightning Bug
#16 Purple Haze
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

 A spectacular brown from this week on the Big Hole River.

A spectacular brown from this week on the Big Hole River.

 New Scott Centric in stock now!

New Scott Centric in stock now!

 Ross Reels Limited Edition Trout Unlimited 5/6 reel in stock

Ross Reels Limited Edition Trout Unlimited 5/6 reel in stock

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