fly fishing

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

Changing for the better

The Beaverhead has been fishing fantastic lately. The baetis are still around and the Mother's Day caddis are also starting to pop. Good fishing can be had throwing olive or tan Super Pupa's and Holy Grails in size 14-16. Fish one of these with a San Juan or size 16-18 baetis and you'll be in business. Holy Grails and other soft hackle pupa imitations can be especially deadly if swung wet-fly style. Elk hairs in 14-16 if you run into a solid hatch. 

If you're looking to hit the Beav for the weekend bite, be aware that flows out of the dam will be bumped up to nearly 600 cfs by Saturday, so the fishing above Barretts might be a bit tricky.....BUT the good news is that this increase in flow will effectively flush out a good amount of sediment from the upper section. This is the first time in the history of the Beaverhead that we have been able to get a flushing flow, and it is all thanks to our local FWP fisheries biologist, Matt Jaeger, and his excellent management policies. 

For up-to-the-minute news on Beaverhead flows, stop in at the shop or give us a call at 406-683-5276. 

It's that time of year where things are changing, but its all changing for the better. We're pretty stoked about the upcoming year. If our current snowpack holds, we'll be sitting pretty come August and September. 

Good lookin up

The skwalas are now popped and we are on the brink of the Big Hole dry fly season.  Fish are starting to populate prime lies as they move out of winter holding water.  Dry dropper or nymphing with SJ worms, eggs, BWO patterns (PT Cruzer) Pat's stones, are good.  Streamer fishing is bringing more chases and some days it's been really good.  This is a fantastic time to fish....we have lots of clear fishable water, hatches are a real possibility now, and each day these fish see more stoneflies and other foods on the surface which really has the Big Hole lookin up.