Grayling

About the Grayling situation. First of all the little buggers are great with eggs for breakfast in the morning. Kidding, kidding of course.

The Feds recently elected not to put the grayling on the endangered species list. I for one kinda agree with them. Number one, keep the Feds out of it. I really don’t agree with the total number count-too low I believe. In the past couple years we have caught several of them. Just last week we caught two in the Jerry Creek area. Also many of the upper creeks such as La Marche, Fishtrap, Deep Creek just to name a few have a good population of these tasty little fellas.

The Big Hole is in super condition with a level flow at Maidenrock of 780 cfs. The cloudy, rainy conditions past few days made for some good streamer action. Warming temps will again bring out mayfly action.

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Grand Slam

mike 2014On A streamer

Got the grand slam yesterday with Mike S. Over coming his physical disabilities it turned out to be a great day. Had to hole up for some time waiting for a couple storms to blow through. At one point we were anchored while the lightning flashed and the wind gusts were blowing like hell. Mike told me to watch those big white flies hatching. I humored him awhile and finally told him they were cotton balls from the nearby cotton wood trees. He didn’t believe me at first but after looking closer he agreed.

It was all dry flies yesterday. The pic above is from a week ago with Mike G. By looking at the weather forecast I think it’s time to check out your bugger box. Much cooler temps and rain for the next few days. Big mayfly patterns and assorted chubbies should also work. Tricos might be put on hold for a bit.

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Blasting

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This notice from FWP is a little late but today, Aug. 18th Anderson Construction will be blasting some time between 3 and 8 pm at Silver Bridge. I assume they will be blasting the old pilings. They will have people at Dewey and Greenwood warning of this. For those who have already put in there, hope you don’t get blown out of the water.

A friend of mine lost a high end rod just below Thompson’s Corner. If found please bring it to the shop. He is offering a sizable reward.

Tricos, ants, hoppers. Flow at Maidenrock this morning is 615 cfs. Most of the moss that came loose from the upper river with all the rain is pretty much gone.

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WOW

east bank sunsetSunset at East Bank

What a great shot. Thanks to Dean W. for sending it to me.

Records are being broken for the highest flow in the Big Hole at this time. Presently at 790 cfs which is super for mid August.

All the rain yesterday put a damper on the trico action but there was plenty of action on big attractors and streamers.

I heard a rumor that fishing on the Big Hole was tough lately. Don’t know where they got that but I think they need a different guide.

Just a slight chance  for rain in the next few days.

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Great Water

Tricos, moths, hoppers and great flows make the Big Hole a great fishery now. The flow at Maidenrock is 545 cfs which is well above average for this time.

If you want a big fish go out at first light and chuck some streamers. Or if it’s cloudy they will work all day.

The tricos can be frustrating but fun. The other day they gobbled this certain pattern I was using. Yesterday they wouldn’t touch it. I have a new plan for today.

More great photos soon.

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Work Goes On

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The first span of the bridge on the south shore is now gone. This section of the river will reopen as of 2400 hrs. tonight. As you can see in the pic there is a fifty foot wide gap between the pilings of the work bridge where you can float through. It is clearly marked and it should a no brainer going through.

The river is pretty much holding at 460 cfs at Maidenrock. These daily showers are very welcome.

Chubbies, mayflies and caddis still rule the top. No moths or tricos yet.

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Silver Bridge Closure

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The Big Hole will be  closed to floating from Dewey (George Grant), Greenwood Flat and to 1000 feet below Silver Bridge starting 0800 July 30th and ending midnight July 31st. Will keep you posted of any future closings.

No tricos or spruce moths yet but coming soon folks.

 

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Clear Waters

rogerCaught on a mayfly

The river is flowing at 850 cfs which means those of you using hard boats want to be careful for as some of the rocks are growing.

I have been getting several calls regarding Silver Bridge closure. FWP will notify me four days prior to a closure. I will then post it. The contractor is required to only close it 48 hrs. at a time. When they do close it, it will be closed from Dewey to Silver Bridge (power house). That means the entire Dewey Canyon.

If you lost a large streamer box in the Maidenrock Canyon get in touch with me. Describe it to the guy who found it and he is willing to ship it back to the owner—nice guy. As for the guys who recovered their rods left at Silver Bridge. A little reward to the finder would be nice. I talked to her yesterday and she said she got nothing. Next time she said she will just sell the rods.

Small mayflies and caddis working well morning to mid day. Chubby with a nymph dropper is best in late afternoon.

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Warm Temps

P1000642Ranch horses along the upper Big Hole with the Pintlar Wilderness in the back ground.

I have been getting lots of calls asking if Silver Bridge (powerhouse access) is closed. The answer is no. By seeing the equipment being moved in it may be soon. When they do close it, it will be for only 48 hours at a time. I’ll try to find out soon when they are planning on closing it and will post it.

Dry fly fising is excellent in the morning and slows down during the heat of the day. Then picks up in the evening.

River is running at 1580 cfs and is still above average.

If you trek on the north side  of the river in the Dewey Canyon you are a lot tougher than I’am. Lots of boulder hopping but the real danger is rattle snakes. That is rattle snake central. A few days ago a couple guys who went there said they came close  to four  of them. Maidenrock canyon also has them but not as  many.

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More Lost And Found

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It’s July 3rd and look at all the snow still on this peak in the Pintlar
Wilderness. Gotta love it.

Fishing on top water remains very good, what else can I say.

Now for the items lost and found and there has been several. To the guys who lost their two rods at Silver Bridge. They have been found and turned into the shop. Describe them and they are yours. A little reward to the person who found them wouldn’t hurt.

Roger Young lost a 10ft, 3 pc Sage with an Orvis reel at Mudd Ck. bridge. 206-998-8389. If you found it, give it back to him.

Forecast is very warm temps for the next few days. Expect the fishing to slow down mid afternoon.

 

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