Big Hole River

Big Hole fishing report: Big flies, Big Trout!

The Big Hole River is currently on track for some fantastic fishing this week; and, after the crummy weather we just experienced which bumped up the flows to the mid 8,000's, we couldn't be happier! 

As of the time of this writing, all sections of the Big Hole are currently running at less than 5,000 cfs; and with the warm days we have forecasted, we expect both Salmon Flies and Golden Stones to be taking flight and lining the banks in good numbers all along the river. In addition to this we are expecting to see a lot of hatching caddis flies and PMDs so get your gear ready for spectacular dry fly fishing this week!

The nymph patterns we recommend are: green Holy Grail flies in sizes 14 & 16, lime, amber and pink MVPs in sizes 16 & 18 and brown and olive Rubber Legs in sizes 4 or 6. 

The dry flies we recommend are the Extended Body PMD in sizes 14-16, PMDungs in sizes 14-16, the Troth Elk Hair Caddis in sizes 12, 14 and 16 and of course our large variety of Salmonflies and Golden Stones (including our Stimulator w/ Dropper Loop flies in sizes 8 and 10 in an assortment of colors). 

We foresee some stellar action on the Big Hole in the days to come so now's the time to make sure you're loaded up on all of your gear and flies to chase those large trout that we know make the Big Hole their home.

Give us a call or come in and visit us at the shop for more fly information, fishing techniques or even just a new hat! 

Tight Lines

Big Bugs, Big Water

Salmonflies are being spotted along the Big Hole River.  They are right on time, coming just as the river crests and now we look for the sweet convergence of fishable water and the biggest bugs of the summer.  We are fully stocked with salmonfly patterns and we are also ready to book your trip to chase them on the Big Hole!  It's still early so now is the time to book a guided trip!!  Call us in the shop right away and we'll get you booked.

Big Hole River Report 4-24-17

Our Big Hole guides have started spotting March Browns and Gray Drakes.  They have also noted trout moving into slightly swifter water, but still hanging to softer spots.  Some straggler skwalas are emerging and the dry fly bite is there...at times(Chubby #8-12-olive, royal, purple).  Nymphing or droppers with skwala and other stonefly imitations is good (Pat's Rubberlegs #10-Black, Dark Variegated, Olive)

For the mayflies dries in #14 and #16 start to become important (Parachute Adams, Purple Haze).  Generalist droppers are working well too. (Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail-#14).

The best nymph...still the San Juan worm.............