Big Hole River: working hard with streamers
We’ve seen some warm weather over that last several days, but the Big Hole River has handled it rather well. A lot of people were predicting flooding by this weekend, but that hasn’t come even close to happening. The river has come up, it is currently flowing at 3620 CFS, and it has about 18 inches of visibility. Finding fishable water on Southwest Montana rivers is tough right now.
The river has been increasing every night for the last three days, but then it has been leveling off or slightly dropping over night. The forecast for the next five days show that the daytime highs are going to be in the low 50’s and the nighttime lows in the low 30’s. This drop in temps should slow the snowmelt and bring the river flows back down. There is some precipitation in the forecast, but it doesn’t look like enough to have much of an impact on the river flows.
The fishing has been decent over the last few days, but you have to work for ’em. The good thing is that we have been getting some really nice fish in the upper river. On Friday we had a single client catch 7 fish over 18 inches, with his largest measuring 22 inches.
We have been slow stripping streamers and having good action nearly all day. The color of the most successful streamers has been Yellow, Olive, and Bright and Flashy. Most of the fish that our Big Hole River Guides are catching are holding tight to the bank.