Big Hole

Big Hole/Beaverhead 5-5

Today looks to be the last of Big Hole pre-runoff fishing for 2017.  Temps are forecast to hit 80 and we are looking at good chances of warm rain for the next few days.  The gauges are already showing the bump in flows so stay high on the Big Hole today...say above Wise River.  Come tomorrow the world will be vastly different.  

Don't forget they have scheduled flushing flows for the Beaverhead River 5-5 thru 5-7.   It's a dramatic change that short term will schluger our fishing but we can't wait to see what it does for our river.  

Get it while it'

We are having excellent dry fly fishing on the Big Hole right now!  Skwalas are flying around and plopping in the river and that is probably your best choice for prospecting.  A smaller chubby in #10-12, Luna Negra, Foam PMX...from there you can either run twin dries or a dropper.  A good #14 March Brown imitation would be a good dropper dry fly...maybe a purple parawulff or other attractors.  For your dropper a #14 Prince, a smaller BWO or a worm are a few ideas.  There are definitely fish chomping BWO's in the soft stuff so pack some #18 BWO extended bodies for when you spot them.  On a good day now you might stay dry or die.  The forecast is calling for much warmer weather so get yours before things change too much.

PS.  Black caddis have popped on the lowest reaches of the Big Hole.  Be excited.  The Mother's Day hatch is here and right on time.

Dry flies and big chases

The Beaverhead has been totally lit the last week by strong surface feeding and reckless streamer chases.  We are seeing fish on top from noon till dark.  The weather has been cooperating with steady overcast skies that have helped the streamer fishing and the BWO's.  Grasshopper Creek is still dumping color but the clarity is there for excellent fishing.  Above Grasshopper the water is perfect and if you can time the wind the dry fly action has been consistent.  Plainly put the Beaverhead is fishing.  Many of the other area streams are just coming out of their winter laziness while we have big fish eating streamers and dry flies.  Dry fly fisherman should seriously consider heading down to Dillon to experience quality early season tailwater surface action right away.


The Big Hole has hit the sweet zone and is all over the mid 40's this week at the Melrose gauge.  Skwalas have been sighted below Melrose already so the fish will be looking up anytime.  The recent rains put a small pulse of water through the system but looks to be short lived.  Be looking for the Big Hole to really turn on now...

Big Hole comin' round

The Big Hole is in pretty sweet shape right now and should keep getting better as flows drop and water temperatures climb.  Fish are still holding in the slow and deep but they are also feeding well.  When you find them take your time and fish out the area...there can be long droughts between good holding water that is deep enough and walking speed or less.  Nymphing with Pat's Rubberlegs and Worms has given us the most success, but these same fish will eat streamers too. Water temps have remained fairly low but the Melrose gauge shows them above 44 degrees today, which should bring about real bug activity.  Be on the lookout now for Skwalas, March Browns, BWO's and plenty of midges.  

Fishing Report 3/16/17

The Beaverhead is very clear and fishing well from Pipe Organ to Grasshopper Creek despite the strong early runoff.  We've been watching fish feed on top to strong midge hatches and some BWO's (Rainbow Warrior, Zebra Midge #20) (Griffiths Gnat, Hackle Stacker) Think small...#18 is on the edge of too big.  It's worm time too, along with early spawning so try some eggs.   Streamer fishing has been improving and shop favorite colors are Olive and Yellow.  Sometimes Poindexter Slough will be clear enough to fish well even when the main river is blown out.  

The Big Hole is on the rise and running off color.  With just a foot of visibility there can be good streamer fishing.  Try orange.  You probably will want to let the Big Hole calm down a little before hitting it hard.

Spring inventory is flowing in every day.  Stop by or call us for the latest reports on the Beav and the Big Hole.  We can fully outfit you for all your fly fishing needs.  As area rivers start to blow out we'll be here with some of the best tailwater fishing around.