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.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Beaverhead River is down to about it’s winter flow for the season. The outflow from Clark Canyon reservoir is 120cfs. The walk waders are happy but the drift boat guys are done for the year on the Beaverhead. You should find blue winged olives hatching and some midges. Streamers can be good on the overcast days and your basic nymph patterns are working well. CDC pheasant tails, zebra midges, WD 40’s and micro mayflies have been on the menu for the fish. Enjoy the nice fall weather and hit it before the next snow storm.

 

Guide trip availability the next two weeks! End of the year discounts on lodging! Give us a call 406-835-3474

 

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#4 Smokin’ Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Flash minnow
#18 BWO Parachute

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

 It′s the season for fall colors and beautiful brown trout

It′s the season for fall colors and beautiful brown trout

Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019 Beaverhead River Fishing Report – Big dries and streamers. Red hot or frigid cold!

The flows are hovering around 300 CFS, making for great floating and wading right now. Blue wings have started on the right day, but its still the big dry that has been most productive on the top. Folks going down there have either been experiencing incredible fishing or are struggling to hook a single fish. One day its magical, the next is stagnant.

Our guides have also been reporting the same, so if you are willing to roll the dice it can pay off big. In the last two weeks, we have had both our best Beaverhead days and our worst Beaverhead days this season.

Stripping streamers has picked up tremendously, with that being a fun and consistent way to get into big trout. It is important to get down in the water column, so weighted flies with a proper sink tip is important. Holler if we can help you get your streamer game dialed in this fall. We have rods and the perfectly matched sinking lines that will have you casting far and true with the big uglies.

Give us a shout for the latest report. 406-835-3474

-Dan Soltau

#4 Lil Kim Tan
#4 CH JJ Special
#6 She-Demon Bugger Copper
#10 Glommer
#8 Carnage Stone
#10 Frankenhopper Peach
#8 Fat Albert High Viz

 

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, 2019 – Beaverhead River Fishing Report – Grass. Hoppers.

If you walked through a grassy in Southwest Montana lately, you know what’s going on. There is a shocking abundance of grasshoppers, and the rivers with higher flows, especially the tailwaters such as the Beaverhead and Madison are experiencing a hopper year for the ages. A tan, pink, peach, or olive hopper in about a #10 or #12 is all you need along with a spool of 3x tippet and 9′ or leader. Tight to the bank has been best on the Beaverhead with some stellar trout being caught.

If the bite goes cold temporarily, try a drowned hopper, a worm, and/or a tiny mayfly nymph. Streamers also can cash in this time of the year. The hopper program is best suited from the boat, and can be an uphill battle for wading anglers.

We have guides to put you on the hopper bite on the Beaverhead available daily! Call us for the latest word! 406-835-3474.

-Dan Soltau

 

 #4 Smoke & Mirrors JJ
#8 Mojo Minnow
#4 Little Kim Tan
#10 Al’s Glommer
#10 Chernobyl Ant – Tan
#10 Kicking Hopper
#8 Franken Hopper

Big hopper eating brown trout for Lynn Harp on the Beaverhead River!

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

August 27th, 2019 Beaverhead River Fishing Report – Hoppers. Grasshoppers. Crickets.

Undoubtedly, you have heard about this summers hopper fishing, and the Beaverhead is at the top of the list. Quality trout on grasshopper patterns. Presentation has been key and with tight drifts there have been explosive strikes of the surface. Small hoppers in tannish, yellow, or pink tones with nice legs that make a nice commotion.

If the hopper bite is quiet, streamers have also been effective. For those looking to nymph, a small dark mayfly is choice, along with an attractor like a worm or a cranefly larvae. Getting down is key, so look for troughs through the moss and start there.

Give us a shout for the latest word or stop by on your way to the Beaverhead or your next time eating at the Hitchin Post. 406-835-3474.

-Dan Soltau

#4 Smoke & Mirrors – JJ
#8 Mojo Minnow – Yellow Perch
#4 CH JJ Special
#20 Zebra Midge – Silver &/or Copper
#18 Psycho May – Black
#10 Water Walker – Peacock
#8 Water Walker – Peanut

#16 Sparkle Flag Ant – Black
#12 Hot Bead Gummy Worm
#10 BH Cranefly Larvae
#10 CFO Chernobyl Ant – Peach
#10 Al’s Glommer
#10 Chernobyl Ant – Black & Tan
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

8/27/2019 Big Hole River Fishing Report – Cool water temps, stable flows, and very light traffic.

Other rivers may be seeing high levels of traffic, but it’s a ghost town around here. Trout have been keying in on terrestrials with tricos still being a hit in the right spot at the right time. The fish are in great shape, and expect a legitimate challenge when approaching them on the surface. Looking for the faster stuff has been key, but keep a look out for the slower foam lines and current edges with water cooling down.

A variegated girdle bug or a small dark mayfly nymph is a great rotation below a hopper or chubby Chernobyl. A double dry fly rig can also do very well, keying in the faster current seams. An ant, trico cluster, or trico spinner is a solid choice in tow behind a smallish tan hopper.

As per usual, a properly presented streamer is a good way to separate the larger trout that are holding tight to cover, in the riffles, or hanging out in the faster tailouts. Olive, tan, and copper minnow and sculpin patterns have still been favorable, with black picking up each day.

Holler for the latest word, to hire a professional guide, or arrange a shuttle. 406-835-3474.

Dan Soltau

#4 Smoke & Mirrors – JJ
#6 JJ Special
#4 Little Kim Tan
#8-10 Girdle Bug Olive & Brown
#8-10 Girdle Bug Tan & Brown
#8 Chubby Chernobyl – Olive
#10 Chubby Chernobyl – Purple

#18 Hippie Stomper – Royal
#12 Red Copper John
#16 Micro Mayfly – Brown
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#20 Para CDC Trico Spinner
#20 Trico Cluster
#20 Clear Wing Trico Spinner

Monday, August 19, 2019

8/19/19 Beaverhead River Fishing Report – Dropping flows and hoppers!

With the PMD hatch behind us, we are still seeing sallies along with some evening caddis. Nymphing has been most effective with a slightly shallower rig, and possibly a large attractor nymph such a worm or cranefly larvae. Small midges and trico-esque nymphs have been producing hook ups as well. Find the troughs between the weeds and hold on.

So far, it has been a pretty awesome run of hopper fishing. Tight casts and proper presentations have been required, and the results have been oversized trout. At 473 CFS out of the dam, it is still favoring the floating aspect but wading anglers can get in a little better as it drops. It’s below 200 CFS by the time it reaches Dillon, and 150 in Twin Bridges so float lower with caution knowing it could be a mud slog. Lots of water going to the hay fields right now.

We have had guide boats on the Beav’ lately, and the trout have continued to be thick and healthy. Holler for the latest word. 406-835-3474.

#8 Glommer Chernobyl
#10 Morrish Hopper Tan
#10 Parachute Kicking Hopper
#10 Hot Bead Burgundy Worm
#18 Crystal Serendipity
#16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug

#8 Carnage Hopper

 

#8 Mojo Minnow
#20 Zebra Midge Black/Silver
#18 Psycho May Black

Monday, August 19, 2019

8/19/2019 – Big Hole River Fishing Report – Flows dropped after major rain event, river in great shape.

Last week we saw a beautiful run of cool weather, and also an impressive amount of rain for August. After almost a 300 CFS increase in flow, the water temps went down big time and have led to great fishing. The slight murk in the water had the fish keeping an eye out for worms, along with streamers. Anglers minding the details have also had shots at big trout eating dries, however it hasn’t been easy.

Nocturnal and golden stoneflies have continued to hatch, hoppers are lining the banks, and ants are fooling trout. The trico hatch/spinner fall had been hatching later in the morning, but with the weather pattern warming up we are anticipating them to go back to the early-early morning program. Unfortunately, the spruce moths have been relatively quiet, with reports of heavy activity up in the high country lakes. It is possible that they come down with this next warm spell, so keep checking back.

Small, sparse nymphs have been effective, along with the timeless classic girdle bug. Especially the variegated versions. Streamer fishing, while not always a common tactic this time of the year, is a great way to tag a big brown in the faster water. The trout have still favored the fast water, varying between heavy seams, faster runs, or the shallow riffles themselves. Do not forget about the speedy tail outs either!

Our guide staff has been on the river every day, and they and our guests have had the river to themselves. Now is great time to check the Big Hole out on foot, and also a good idea to get the raft out. Hard boats will definitely be doing some grinding/sliding, and we strongly recommend staying below Melrose. There are a few tight corners with tree limbs coming into play between Melrose and Brownes, and also Glen to Notch Bottom. Flows have receded to the point that floaters can once again drive down to the convergence below the ramp at Glen, avoiding the death march drag back to the ramp.

We have openings on the guide sheet, and excellent conditions to fish the Big Hole. Now is a great time to get a guide for the canyon stretches as well. We have seen some truly large trout moving around lately. Including a few in the net!  Holler anytime for a shuttle, a guide, or the latest report. 406-835-3474.

-Dan Soltau

 

#4 Smoke & Mirrors JJ Special
#4 Little Kim Tan/Gold
#8-10 Girdle Bug Olive/Brown
#8 Girdle Bug Tan/Brown
#8 Chubby Chernobyl Tan
#8 Club Sandwich Hopper

#14 CDC Prince Nymph
#14 Big Spanker Olive
#14 Cow Killer Ant
#16 Hamburgler
#20 Clear Wing Trico
#20 Double Wing Trico
#20 Compara Dun Female Trico

 Outifitter Ryan Barba doing some heavy lifting with a new angler from a recent guide trip.

Outifitter Ryan Barba doing some heavy lifting with a new angler from a recent guide trip.

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