Ugh, Winter is back!
After dishing out some gusts of wind up to 65 miles per hour last Saturday, Mother Nature is going to slam us with a winter storm that could bring significant snowfall to Southwest Montana tonight and tomorrow morning. That will put a fork in the already waning salmon fly hatch on the Big Hole. The positive side of the frigid and wet weather is that this will go a long way towards sustaining flows on the river over the next month. A dry Spring had left us with a waning snowpack that had some of us using the dreaded "drought" word. This weather event will have a positive long term effect on all of our fisheries throughout the Summer. Irrigators will need less water from Clark Canyon Reservoir preserving it for later in the season, which will in turn be a huge bonus for the fishing on the Beaverhead as we continue into late Summer. Expect a spike in flows on the Big Hole over the next few days and some possible muddy water on the lower portions of the Beaverhead. The Beaverhead is edging closer to some highly anticipated PMD and Yellow Sally hatches that should pop out the last week of the month. Very soon, the Big Hole will return to it's prolific dry fly fishing as flows will begin to recede. Please contact us for updated conditions. Things will change quickly, and as always in Southwest Montana this time of year, picking the right spot on any given day can yield some of the best fishing anywhere.