The Big Hole is back, and the Beaverhead is primed!
It's late June. Between the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Jefferson Rivers alone we have 200 plus floatable miles of water within reach of Dillon. As I've emphasized before, where you go on any given day weighs heavily on the outcome of your fishing success. Hit the Big Hole or Jefferson Rivers on a cloudy day and you might find stunning success. The Beaverhead tends to be less weather dependent. All told, there are a myriad of options in Southwest Montana right now. Choose your water, choose how you want to fish, and have at it. Feel free to call and we'll do our best to point you in the right direction as things change daily.
Beaverhead River - The PMD and Yellow Sally hatches are increasing in intensity daily. Our best fish today were caught on dry flies. There are a few golden stones about and a few big fish are on them. The flows are uncharacteristically low for late June, 350 cfs, a lot of the water downstream from High Bridge can be covered with a dry/dropper rig. The fish are disbursing out of the deep green water and many are visible, one of the great characteristics of the Beav. It pays to be observant, a lot of good fish are showing themselves as they spread out to feast on the PMDs and Sallies.
Big Hole River - The highest flows of the year have receded on the Big Hole and it is entering potentially the best two week window of the year to fish. Golden stones, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, and caddis will all show themselves and overlap at times. It doesn't always pay to match the hatch, a number of attractor dries will rake in a lot of fish during this dry fly bonanza on the Big Hole. Fish a dropper on sunny days. By all means just get out there, they'll eat something, and often times on cloudy days anything.