Big Hole River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

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Big Hole River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Big Hole River is off color due to the warm weather we have been having. This is not high elevation snowmelt runoff. The snow that is melting is valley floor and low to mid elevation snowpack. Once the river flushes this out it will clear and the fishing will be very good. We do not know when this will be, so we will keep you posted. The weather is nice for a float right now though. We have seen skwallas and March brown's hatching as of late. The best tactic right now has been either streamers tight to the banks or a worm off the bank below a skwalla dry fly.

We have a pick up window on the porch of our shop for online "pick up" orders or for folks that want to shop through the window and not come into the shop. We are keeping the shop sanitized and employees are using all precautions possible during this time period. Below are the precautions we are taking.

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

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 (Rainbow)
#6 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl  (Purple)
#12 March Brown

#12 Purple Rooster
#8 San Juan Worm (Pink) (Red)
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#8 Mr. Beam Skwalla
#14 Purple Haze
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

 Pick Up Window for Web Orders or Storefront Customers. Browse our online store and select ″Store Pick Up″ In the shopping cart

Pick Up Window for Web Orders or Storefront Customers. Browse our online store and select ″Store Pick Up″ In the shopping cart

 Buy your Raffle ticket for this awesome set up. Call us to purchase raffle tickets 406-835-3474

Buy your Raffle ticket for this awesome set up. Call us to purchase raffle tickets 406-835-3474

 Great New Streamer Patterns in stock on our online store. Shop today and utilize our pick up window for in store pick up.

Great New Streamer Patterns in stock on our online store. Shop today and utilize our pick up window for in store pick up.

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

Please enjoy our customer appreciation coupon on our online store. Use code: “THANKYOU” at checkout for 20% off on your order.  

 Use Coupon Code: ″THANKYOU″ at checkout for 20% off your order

Use Coupon Code: ″THANKYOU″ at checkout for 20% off your order

 Use Coupon Code ″THANKYOU″ at checkout for 20% off our online store

Use Coupon Code ″THANKYOU″ at checkout for 20% off our online store

 A mean old brown caught on our local waters last week

A mean old brown caught on our local waters last week

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Big Hole River got muddy last week due to warm spring like weather. The upper river ice started to break up and caused the visibility to diminish. This week we are seeing freezing temperatures and some snow. The river has dropped and is clearing. We should have a good window coming up for fishing before the next significant warm up, which might bump the flows and create poor clarity. You will find the Skwalla fishing productive the next few days and leading into the weekend. Streamer fishing will also be good in the afternoons. our preferable color is olive, yellow or natural.

The beaverhead River is fishing well. Remember you can only fish below Pip Organ Bridge until the 3rd Saturday of May. We are seeing Blue Winged Olive hatches, Midge activity and decent streamer fishing.

The store front is closed due to our Governors order during this pandemic, but you can purchase merchandise and flies online. Call us anytime as well. We are here to help and we can arrange flies being picked up when you come to the Big Hole or we can ship them to your house.  Shuttles are also not being run at this time due to the Governor's order. So when you come to fish you will have to bring a shuttle rig with you.

Check out our Essential Gear Raffles! Purchase your raffle slots for an opportunity win amazing fishing gear and apparel. 10% of the money from every raffle will be donated to the UNICEF Disaster Relief Fund. https://shop.sunriseflyshop.com/raffle-ticket-1997056/

On April 7th Governor Steve Bullock extended the directives he issued to protect Montanans from COVID-19 by slowing the spread of the virus in Montana. The directives now go through April 24th

The extension covers the closure of nonessential businesses, the stay at home order, school closures, on-premises dining and beverage operations, eviction and foreclosure suspensions and the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for travelers coming into Montana for non-work-related travel.

You can still give us a call and place an order 406-412-3463 or shop our online store www.sunriseflyshop.com  We will ship orders and also arrange a pickup for merchandise if you are heading to the Big Hole. where you will find a great assortment of Patagonia, Simms, Abel, Ross, Scott, Winston, and so much more. If you don't see the exact fly you are looking for online, please give us a call. We have over 500 different fly patterns in stock and we can help you find what you are looking for.

Big Hole Flies                                Beaverhead Flies

#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#10 Black Magic Skwalla
#4 Little Kim Copper
#10 Pat's Stone
#6 Mini Dungeon
#10 Chubby Chernobyl Olive
#12 Mr. Beam Skwalla

#18 Midge Cluster
#18 Zebra Midge
#16 Ninch's Pill Popper
#10 San Juan Worm

#8 J.J. Special
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

 Buy your Streamers before you hit the river on our online store

Buy your Streamers before you hit the river on our online store

 Shop our selection of Skwalla Patterns online

Shop our selection of Skwalla Patterns online

 Purchase a raffle slot for your chance to win awesome gear

Purchase a raffle slot for your chance to win awesome gear

 Shop our Sale now on new Spring 2020 gear

Shop our Sale now on new Spring 2020 gear

Monday, April 13, 2020

From all of us here at Sunrise Fly Shop, thank you for the continued support

Check out our Essential Gear Raffles! Purchase your raffle slots for an opportunity win amazing fishing gear and apparel. 10% of the money from every raffle will be donated to the UNICEF Disaster Relief Fund. https://shop.sunriseflyshop.com/raffle-ticket-1997056/

On April 7th Governor Steve Bullock extended the directives he issued to protect Montanans from COVID-19 by slowing the spread of the virus in Montana. The directives now go through April 24th

The extension covers the closure of nonessential businesses, the stay at home order, school closures, on-premises dining and beverage operations, eviction and foreclosure suspensions and the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for travelers coming into Montana for non-work-related travel.

You can still give us a call and place an order 406-412-3463 or shop our online store www.sunriseflyshop.com where you will find a great assortment of Patagonia, Simms, Abel, Ross, Scott, Winston, and so much more. We are also working to get all of our flies up on our online store. If you don't see the exact fly you are looking for online, please give us a call. We have over 500 different fly patterns in stock and we can help you find what you are looking for. Also, we are offering free shipping on all online orders!

Big Hole Fly Selections

#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#10 Chubby Chernobyl Olive
#12 March Brown

#8 Mr. Beam
#8 Bullet Head Skwalla
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#8 San Juan Worm
#12 Pheasant Tail
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

Friday, March 27, 2020

Feel Good Friday

In an attempt to raise spirits and give our customers something to look forward to every week, we are going to be doing a weekly promotion on our website. Throughout the duration of our COVID-19 shutdown we are going to be conducting weekly sales on our online store. Every Friday we will send out a coupon code on Instagram, Facebook, and here on our fishing reports page that will give you massive discounts on certain categories.

This weeks discount code is FEELGOODFRIDAY and it gets you 20% off all reels and flies. This coupon code is valid through Sunday, March 29.

Click here to start shopping now!

From all of us here at Sunrise Fly Shop, thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Update

On Thursday March 26 Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28.

In compliance with this directive from our Governor, Sunrise Fly Shop will be closing its retail store, shuttle business, lodging, and guide service until April 10th. It is vital that we all take the appropriate precautions to stay safe and to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

You can still give us a call and place an order 406-835-3474 or shop our online store shop.sunriseflyshop.com where you will find a great assortment of Patagonia, Simms, Abel, Ross, Scott, Winston, and so much more. We are also working to get all of our flies up on our online store. If you don't see the exact fly you are looking for online, please give us a call. We have over 500 different fly patterns in stock and we can help you find what you are looking for. Also, we are offering free shipping on all online orders!

 20% off All Reels Coupon Valid through 3/29

20% off All Reels Coupon Valid through 3/29

20% off Flies Use coupon Code: FEELGOODFRIDAY 

#8 Bullet Head Skwalla

#8 Mr. Beam

#14 Chubby Olive

#8 Rogue River Skwalla Black

#4, #6 J. J. Special

#4, #6 Sparkle Minnow

 20 % off flies from 3/27 - 3/29 Browse our hot spring flies

20 % off flies from 3/27 - 3/29 Browse our hot spring flies

 20 % off all Reels Coupon Valid through 3/29

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 Browse our hand selected flies of the week

Browse our hand selected flies of the week

 Limited Edition Ross 20 % Coupon Code Valid through 3/29

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update

As we all know, COVID-19 is a major health risk and everyone needs to do their part to help stop the spread of the virus.

As important as it is to stay informed about the Coronavirus and take steps to protect yourself, it is also healthy to have an outlet. Fishing, if done while practicing safe social distancing, is a great way to escape from all of the stresses these unprecedented times can cause.

We here at the Sunrise Fly Shop want to help you get all of the gear that you might need for your spring fishing in Southwest Montana, but in order to help stop the spread of the virus, we will need to conduct business just a little differently.

FLY SHOP

In an effort to protect our customer, our employees, and our families, the fly shop will not be open in a traditional retail store capacity. All orders will need to be placed either online or over the phone. The shop will be open starting on March 28th for Online Store Pick Up and Telephone Orders Only (406) 835-3474. Coming later this week we will have preselected “flies of the week”. These prepackaged flies will be hand selected by our shop staff for the daily conditions and will be available for online and phone orders. We will be happy to hand select any of our flies in stock for store pickup or mail order. Keep a look out for these fly packages starting in April. Nearly all of our products will be available online, but if you are looking for a specific item that you don’t see online, just give the shop a call and we can put together an order over the phone.

Our online store is open now, so head to https://shop.sunriseflyshop.com and see what new gear you might need for this spring. You can even pre-order for a March 28th pick-up. Additionally, if you are in Melrose and you need something from the shop and you haven’t placed an order, just knock on the door. If we are able to maintain safe social distancing, we will be happy to help you get any product or advice that you might need.

Temporarily, think of us like a To-Go Fly Shop.

We will be conducting business in this unorthodox manner until we have assurances that person-to-person contact is once again safe.

LICENSES

If you need to get a 2020 Montana fishing license we suggest that you go to the Montana FWP website and purchase a license online https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html

For the time being, we will not be able to sell hunting or fishing licenses at the fly shop.

SHUTTLES

Unfortunately, at this time we will not be running shuttles. We are currently exploring ways to run shuttles while keeping both our customers and our employees safe from exposure to the virus but we have yet to come up with a safe solution.

Wi-Fi

If you are in Melrose and want to place an order you are welcome to access our Wi-Fi from the fly shop’s parking lot.

Network: Sunrise Fly Shop

Password: 4068353474

OTHER SERVICES

Butte-Silver Bow County has ordered that all bars and restaurants shall be closed. That means that both the Melrose Bar and the Hitchin’ Post are not open for business. You can still get fuel at the Melrose Bar if you have a credit card.

FISHING REPORT

The lower Big Hole is almost completely ice free and it has been fishing well for March. Because of the colder water temperatures we haven’t seen many skwallas yet, but during the warmer parts of the day the subsurface fishing has been solid. Most of the fish have come in the slower tail-outs on a San Juan Worm, Pats Rubberleg, BWO nymph, or a Zebra Midge. 2:00 to 6:00 has been the most productive time of the day.

Reminder: Coming in April we will have preselected “flies of the week”. These prepackaged flies will be hand selected by our shop staff for the week’s conditions and will be available for online and phone orders. Keep a look out for these fly packages starting in April.

Thank you for understanding the changes that we have had to make to try and help stop the spread of the virus. We are excited about the start of the fishing season and we look forward to helping you with all of your fishing needs. Give as call anytime (406) 835-3474.

#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#8 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#10 Bullet Head Skwalla
#18 Midge Cluster

#16 Red Copper John
#16 Shop Vac
#10 San Juan Worm

  Coming Soon Flies for sale online or store pickup

Coming Soon Flies for sale online or store pickup

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Spring will be here before you know it. Come fish some of our first hatches of the season. Spring in Montana means longer days, warmer weather, and the start of the fishing season. When it comes to trout fishing, April and May really don’t get the recognition they deserve. If you are willing to throw on an extra layer and hit the water, you are likely to be rewarded with some of the finest fishing of the year.

With Skwala hatches, BWO, Mother’s Day Caddis, and arguably the best streamer fishing of the year, the spring has something to offer every angler. Book a Spring fishing trip with Sunrise Fly Shop and experience the magic of Spring in Montana for yourself.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Mid Winter Update - Sale Items - Spring Special

It is late January here on the Big Hole River. The river is frozen over as it typically is in January. You will not find open water unless springs are entering the river or you have a high gradient zone. As far as snowpack goes we are seeing an average winter so far. The Big Hole watershed is at 97% of normal snowpack. So what does this mean for water levels this spring and summer? It is way too early to predict water levels for the 2020 season. It is not until late February and mid March that we will know more on snowpack. The next two months can be our wettest months of the year for snowpack.

It is time to start thinking about Spring fishing. We are running our very popular Spring Special again. Here is the link for information on the Spring Special.

We have many exciting sale products currently on our online Store. You can Find Simms Headwaters Boots - Felt 25% off.  Also we have in stock the Simms Rip Rap Sandal - Felt 30% off. Simms Guide jacket -Loden 20% off. Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody - River Camo 25% off

Click Here to visit our sales page on our online Store   Free Shipping on Orders over $75.00

Friends of ours at Big Sky Sotheby's Realty currently has a great house for sale to land you in the fishing mecca of Dilllon, Montana. View the listing here 

Sale Items on our Online Store

Simms Rip Rap Sandal 30% off

Simms Headwaters Boot felt 25% off

Simms Guide Jacket Loden 20% off

Simms Rogue fleece Hoody 25% off

 Simms Guide Jacket Loden 20% off

Simms Guide Jacket Loden 20% off

 Simms Rip Rap Sandal Felt 30% off

Simms Rip Rap Sandal Felt 30% off

 Simms Headwaters Boot Felt Boot 25% off

Simms Headwaters Boot Felt Boot 25% off

 Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody 25% off

Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody 25% off

Monday, November 25, 2019

Shop With us for Small Business Saturday

Winter has set into Southwest Montana. We had the coldest October on record for Montana and now we are experiencing a rather mild November. The freestone rivers are experiencing slush ice and ice shelves so if you get out there wade with caution. We suggest heading to the tailwaters in the state or getting somewhere tropical for your fishing. We have some spots available from February 8th - 15th at Copal Tree Lodge in Punta Gorda, Belize. If interested give us a call 406-835-3474

Get all of your shopping needs done on Small Business Saturday on our new online Store. Shop Now! 

USE CODE "THANKYOUFROMSUNRISE" at checkout for 15% off your online order! 

You will find the New Ross Evolution LTX Limited Edition reel, Abel Vaya Reel and many sale items from the 2019 season!

Free Shipping on all orders over $75.00

 Book your February Salt Water Trip with us call for details 406-835-3474

Book your February Salt Water Trip with us call for details 406-835-3474

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.

Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13th, 2019 - Big Hole River Fishing Report - Flows up, fish happy.

Apologies for the tardiness on a river update, we have been cranking away with lots of activity. After our first blast of fall weather last weekend, we are now back into a more comfortable flow on the Big Hole. Anglers on foot are still getting around easily, and the floaters, especially the raft community are happy as well. Hard boats are best suited Maiden Rock down at the moment.

Blue winged olives are beginning, and reports indicate that in the right spot, at the right time there are good trout looking up. Keep an eye on foamy areas below riffles and runs. Mahoghany duns have also started. The fall weather in the forecast will have those mayflies intensifying river wide. Dry fly anglers will want to check the river out upstream of the canyon for consistency, with sub-surface techniques proving themselves daily on the lower portions of the river.

We have seen fish spread out of the riffles, and into the runs and pools that dot the Big Hole up and down. A stripped streamer still continues to be the best technique for a big brown, and it also allows anglers to cover all the nooks and crannies they like to hide out in. Double dry fly rigs with a modest parachute upfront and little blue wing off the back is going to be a solid rig for the next week or too.

Our fall special offers folks 50% off lodging and $50 off your guide boat when paired together. Minimum two nights, one day guided fishing. October til the season is over. Book now!

Guides, shuttles, and reports. Anytime. 406-835-3474

-Dan Soltau

#4 Mini Boogie Man - Black
#4 Lil Kim Copper
#1 King Rat
#14 Flashy Frank Purple
#12 Gummy Worm Hot Bead
#12 Fish Finder Worm Burgundy
#12 Rocky Mountain Mint Adams

#18 Sparkle Dun BWO
#18 Psycho May BWO
#18 Missing Link
#14 Quigley Cripple

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 1st Big Hole River Fishing Report - Happy September, folks! Bringing in trico pods, picky hopper eaters, and ants.

We have been fielding a bunch of calls regarding the various closures on the upper and lower Big Hole, however in the stretches that are prime during this time of year, all is well. The upper Big Hole River section has a low flow closure on it which is set in place to protect the fish at the lowest of flows. It is not an uncommon closure. Likewise for the lower river closure below Notch Bottom. While those stretches are prime for spring and early summer conditions, they also see lower activity later in the summer and many of the fish move around the river system to find more suitable habitat. Its what they do!

From Jerry Creek down to Glen, we are seeing river conditions best suited for the raft. We are recommending that hard boats float Browns to Glen or Glen to the Notch.  We are seeing a million hoppers all over, and anglers looking to get into hopper eaters will want to fish ahead of the boat with small tan or pink hopper of a longer than usual leader. An ant or a small trico off the back is not a bad idea at all. When using this technique, it can more important to cover plenty of ground as after the first nice trout is caught in a spot, it is uncommon others will come to the surface after all the commotion.

The "best" reports we are getting are those of small pods of trout wolfing trios in the river above maiden rock up to around Dickie Bridge. There are odd reports of spruce moths so it isn't a bad idea to use one a first fly in a double dry setup. An ant, or mid size parachute such as the Purple Craze would be a good choice. The midday doldrums see fish wanting, if anything at all, a small mayfly nymph or a variegated girdle bug. We are sticking with the dry dropper most of the time on our guided trips, with both choices seeing action.

It can be tough to run a deeper nymph rig right now, however we are having great success with a properly present sculpin or minnow imitation, with a smaller dropper streamer or large nymph. Running these through the speedy tail outs and riffles can pay dividends with the big healthy browns that are typically tough this time of year.

 

We have guides available, shuttles daily, and the latest word. Give us a shout anytime, 406-835-3474.

 

-Dan Soltau

#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Lil Kim Tan
#8 Lil Kim Silver
#12 Bloom's Spruce Moth
#10 Chubby Chernobyl Olive
#18 Hamburgler Beetle

#12 Purple Craze
#12 CDC Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
#20 C-UM Trico
#20 Double Wing Trico
#20 Trico Spinner
#12 Purple PMX
#16 Sparkle Flag Ant

#12 CDC Prince

#10 Morrish Hopper

#10 Girdle Bug Olive/Brown

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