Big Hole River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

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Big Hole River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

Friday, April 11, 2014

As the ice on the Big Hole continues to melt, break-up, and flow downriver, the River remains swollen and off color.  As of 4:00pm on 4/11/14, the flow at the Melrose gauge is 4090cfs and there is about a foot of visibility.  A few ice-jams remain on the upper river, but a majority of them have flushed downstream in the last 24 hours.  A lot of ice and snow still remains in the upper river valley, but with the forecast calling for cooler temperatures for the next several days, the melting of ice and snow should slow down.

As long as there are not any more major pushes of water from a breaking ice-jam, the river should start to drop and clear.

Below is a photo taken just above the East Bank Fishing Access on Thursday night.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Things are not good on the Big Hole right now.  The ice is breaking on the upper Big Hole, which has caused the river to rise and it is very off color.  We have 18 inches of visibility here in Melrose and the fish are in shock.  Things will improve but today is not a good day to be fishing.  This is only the valley snow and river ice that is causing the poor conditions.  This happens every year and it is actually happening like it should.  We are not having any major ice jams and the river is breaking up slowly and as it should.  This is not high mountain snow runoff just the low valley melt. We will keep you posted on the Big Hole River fishing report as conditions improve.

Flies: #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Bullet Head Skwala; #8 Rogue River Skwala  #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat's Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #18 Zebra Midge; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Well, the river made a big change last night that we did not want to see.  Warmer temperatures yesterday has brought the river on the rise and we went from clear water yesterday and great fishing to about 18 inches of visibility this morning.  It will be a tough day today.  I would prospect with a Yellow Zonker and San Juan worms.  The upper Big Hole is still frozen above Sportsman's and with the warm weather the Big Hole River's ice is breaking and causing the river to rise and be off color.  We will let you know what the Big Hole River Fishing report is after our guides get back tonight.

Flies: #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Bullet Head Skwala; #8 Rogue River Skwala  #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat's Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #18 Zebra Midge; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Big Hole River fishing reports from our guides has remained pretty good.  We are starting to see a few Skwala's on the lower Big Hole River.  On the soft tail outs of the runs tight to the banks is where you will get your dry fly Skwala eats.  With the warmer weather on tap today and tomorrow look for the dry fly fishing to improve.  The dropper fishing off the dry fly has been straight silly lately.  We have had 30 to 40 fish days on the dropper.  We are moving some fish on the streamer lately.   

Flies: #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Bullet Head Skwala; #8 Rogue River Skwala  #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat's Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #18 Zebra Midge; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fishing has remained pretty good underneath the surface.  The morning fishing has been slow.  With the cold nights the fish seem to be getting active around 11:00 a.m. and the river continues to fish well till about 5:30 p.m.  Flows have been fluctuating around 550cfs.  We have had some nemouras hatching and midges hatching during the afternoon hours.  The nymphs of choice have been San Juan Worms, Pat's Stones and midges.  The Skwala hatch has not started yet.  It looks like we will get a warm up early next week, which will get the Skwala nymphs moving towards the banks.  Our best fishing has been below Melrose in either the Melrose to Brownes section or Brownes to Notch sections. Stay in touch with more Big Hole River fishing reports and Big Hole River Skwala hatch updates.

Flies: #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat's Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #18 Zebra Midge; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger;

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Even thought Spring is officially here, it still fells like winter isn't quite ready to say good bye to the Big Hole Valley.  The 7-day forecast has lows in the mid 20's with the highs reaching the upper 40's.  If you are willing to brave this early spring weather, the lower river is fishable and looking great. Water temperatures are still quite cold, but nymphing a stonefly nymph and a san juan worm can be very productive. The Sunrise Fly Shop will be opening its doors for the 2014 season on Saturday, March 29th.  If you are thinking about coming to the Big Hole for a spring fishing trip, give us a call for the most up-to-date information.  Also, don't forget to call us if you need a shuttle.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cold temperatures are in the forecast for the rest of the week.  This past weekend we had one nice warm day that tempted people to get the dust off the boat.  High temperatures the rest of the week are in the 30's with some snow in the forecast.  The Big Hole is floatable from Melrose down stream.  Water temperatures are in the lower 30's and the trout are in their winter holes.  Nymphing the deep tail outs is going to be the best tactic right now.  Nymphs of choice are Pat's Stones in size #8 , San Juan Worms, and midges.  Our Big Hole River guides are ready for the Spring Skwala fishing in April.  When reports improve we will let you know. The ice is off the Glen gauge and we are recording a Big Hole River flow of 652 cfs in Glen.  

Thursday, March 13, 2014

We have about the same conditions as last week to report.  Our Big Hole River fishing report this week is filled with more winter like conditions on the water.  Flows have slightly come up at the Maiden Rock gauge but we are still experiencing ice on the river and freezing water conditions.  Snow is predicted Thursday and Friday and then a slight warm up is predicted for the weekend.  Wade fishing is still your only options.  Our Big Hole river fly shop is still closed for the winter.  Our projected opening is April 1st.  If you are getting on the water we suggest the spring fed areas and tail outs of runs.  Bring your midge box, San Juan worms, and Pat's Stones with you.  As for our Montana snowpack and Big Hole snowpack we are still pilling snow in the high country.  Since we last reported a nice winter storm hit us.  Currently the Big Hole valley is at 140% snow/water equivalency and our total snowfall is 118% of normal.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Southwest Montana fly fishing finally has something positive to report.  We have some valley temperatures above freezing.  These warmer day time highs above freezing will start to get the ice off the lower Big Hole River.  Right now we are still at winter flows and with the ice on the river you will not be able to get a boat down.  On the warmer days some midge activity will be getting some fish looking up.  Still your basic nymphing techniques of Pat's Stones and San Juan worms in the tail out deep areas of the run will get you hooked up.  If you are looking to wade fish I would recommend being where springs enter the river.  Our Big Hole River fly shop is gearing up for a great Spring season and our Big Hole River guides are ready to get on the water.

the Big Hole Snowpack is looking very good.  We are at 140% snow/water content and 115% of normal snowfall for this date in time.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Date:  1-Nov-2013

Shelf ice, and floating ice on the Big Hole, not a surprise since it is winter here.  We have a good start to the snowpack.  The upper Big Hole is reading 165% of normal.  It is still early in the snow season but it is a good start.  If you find the itch to get out this winter I would recommend finding the spring fed areas that stay ice free on the Big Hole.  Midges will be out on damp, mild overcast days and nymphing a San Juan Worm and a #10 Pat's Stone will get 'em.

For winter updates stay in touch with our blog.  

Files:

#16 Micro May Fly, #16 Flashback Pheasant Tail, #12 Pat's Stone Black #10 UV Chubby, #12 X Cadidis #12 Purple Haze #4 Pats Stone black, #8 San Juan Worm, #8 Prince Nymph, #8 pheasant tail, #10 Silver Lightning Bug #6 J.J. Special #6 Olive Beldar #6 Skiddish Smolt #4 Lil' Kim Copper #6 Yellow Zonker, #4 Yellow Yummy, #4 Coffey Bugger #4 Home invader Yellow/black/white #4 Bad Boy natural/yellow/olive

USGS Current Big Hole River Water Flows

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall fishing has been solid.  The fishing is definitely better on overcast days, but you can still find a fish or two on the bright sunny days.  Slow stripping or dead drifting streamers and nymphing stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms have been the most successful techniques.  Yellow and brown have been the color of choice for the streamers.

With night temps frequently falling into the mid 20's, there is no need to be on the water early.  Let the water warm up a bit before you start your day of fishing.

We will be closing for the season on 10/25/2013, so come fish the Big Hole before the season is officially over.

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