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Big Hole River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

MELROSE WEATHER
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Big Hole River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

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.

Please give us a call for the latest up to date conditions as fire danger changes and fishing restrictions might change 406-835-3474

 

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.

#4 Mini Loop Sculpin
#4 Lil' Kim (Olive)
#8 Pat's Stone
#12 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#12 Hot Spot Purple

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom's Caddis
#14 Purple Haze
#16 PMD Comparadun

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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.

 

We have a few prime dates next week with Sunrise Lodging availability. Give us a call for your lodging needs 406-835-3474

#4 Flutter Bug (Black/Orange)
#4 MFC Water Walker (Brown/Orange)
#6 Chubby Norman
#6 Pat's Stone (Brown/Black)
#4 Deep Cleaner (Black/Brown)
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (Gold)
#12 Purple Haze

# 12 Jig Lightning Bug
#12 Jig Duracell
#12 Bloom's Caddis
#6 Slider Bugger
#6 Sparring Partner (Brown/Yellow)

 Stoneflies on the Big Hole River

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.

 

#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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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