Three Vietman Era veterans. Myself, Bobby and Art. Three veterans who are passionate with having fun in fishing with a fly. On this special day please remember all veterans past and present. As I said before, when you are traveling and happen to encounter a man or woman in uniform, take just a second and say thank you. You have no idea what this means to them.
The shop is basically closed for the season but if you need a shuttle or flies, call us or knock on the back door.
As for me I will be heading for Andros Island first part of December. Looking forward to it and giving you all reports from there.
A couple days ago I got a call from a warden from FWP. Someone called them and accused me of baiting bears with apples and using a trail cam. I told the officer you gotta be kiddin me. The ground below my apple tree as well as my neighbors was literally carpeted with apples. I told him I had absolutely no intention of shooting that bear. He did inform me that using a trail cam during hunting season is illegal, which I did not know. Oh well, learn something new every day. Due to a couple recent burglaries in the area I’m considering putting up a security system on my property with a camera. Now would that be illegal also?
I wanted to wait to publish these shots until the bear was gone. The apples are all gone and so is the bear. There are those who wanted to shoot this big guy. I told them if you want to hunt to go up in the mountains and stay out of my yard. Some asked me if I wasn’t scared knowing he was in my yard almost every night. I told them I would rather be living here in the country with a bear coming around at night rather than in the city with some psycho coming around.
Between the bear, raccoons, deer, rabbits and grouse they did a great job cleaning up all the apples. Saved me from raking them all up.
Best video clip is 0013.
Go to the comments to get the link—-best we can do
Big Hole River 674 cfs
The river is in great shape with the flow about 100 cfs above normal for time period.
The fly shop is still open and will be the rest of the month. Shuttles are available. We ususally close around 1:00 pm to run the shuttles. If you are needing service after that time, give us a call.
The forecast for the weekend and next week looks good with temps getting up to sixty.
I have some really amazing still shots and videos from my trail cam. They will be posted soon on flicker. Some of these shots are something else to see.
I talked to some of my friends on Andros Island where the temp. was 89 and the fishing was good. It’s getting about time to start booking flights. If anyone is thinking about going there feel free to contact me for travel, guide, lodging info.
So this is the big fella that has been taking huge dumps in my yard. I bought a trail cam yesterday and already got results. Tonight we will place the camera lower to the ground to get a more accurate picture of the actual size of this guy. He is pretty big, check out the size of that forearm. Also I’m sure there is more than one. Check out the time on the photo. He was in the yard just after dark. That camera is fun.
River still in great shape and fishing is good. Browns are getting on the redds. When they are on the redds, I suggest to leave them alone.
Guide: Ben Hahn
Weekend of 10/5 , 10/6, 10/7
Have been on the river everywhere from Jerry Creek to Melrose the last couple of days. The fishing has been some of the best I have seen. We have caught them on streamers, single dries, and a variety of nymphs.
Most of the fish caugh were browns although we did have a nice selection of Rainbows and a couple monster whitefish!
Stick with the streamers for the big browns and make sure to have some yellow in your pattern. I think anything in the size 2-6 range would be great. For a single dry, a parachute adams in size 18 is pretty hard to beat right now. Best of luck on the water!
Help me is what this little whitetail button buck seemed to be saying to me this morning.
I got a call early this morning from a neighbor who said there was a deer caught in the fence behind the fly shop. I called Bobby at the shop and he confirmed it and said he was pretty sure it’s back leg was fractured. I called FWP game warden Regan Dean and asked if he would meet me at the shop to see if we could cut this poor little guy out of the fence. Fence pliers and side cutters couldn’t do the job on this heavy guage wire. Luckily Regan had a hack saw in his truck and we managed to cut him loose. Amazingly his back leg was not broke and when he was cut free he hightailed it for the thick willows up Divide Creek. Regan and I both felt pretty good about ourselves in freeing this little guy.
Now for the fishing report. About all I can say is the river is in great shape and the fishing is really good. Best action is with streamers with #4 JJ Special winning the honors today. Ben and Dylan had good action again today and have more pics to be posted later.
Forecast is for really cold tonight but perfect fishing conditions next few days.
The flow at Melrose is an amazing 1015 cfs.
This next report is from Ben Hahn. He and his new wife floated the Big Hole yesterday.
“The Big Hole is fishing very well currently. I got married last Saturday and decided what a better place to spend a honeymoon then on the Big Hole in the fall! The streamer fishing was on and most fish were taken on patterns with brown/orange combos with a bit of yellow. Make sure to have some yellow in your streamer box. The fish above was caught on a size 4 streamer.
In the canyon below Jerry Creek we caught several bows in the 12-17 inch range on nymphs. A brown girdle rubber leg was good as well as a red san juan worm in size 8. Yes we had some junk out!
With the flows up and easy floating combined with superb fishing, the Big Hole River is hard to beat right now. Ring the shop here in Divide and get up to minute information. “
Tom didn’t catch any huge fish but he did get several around the same size as in the picture and that is good fishing where ever you go. Jeremy did a great job guideing these guys. Some were caught on steamers but most were on nymphs I will have to admit.
The recent rains and snow has brought the river up to almost record flows for this time of year. Flow at Maidenrock is 450 cfs and at Melrose and Notch Bottom it’s 550 cfs. That’s almost 200 cfs higher than the 30 year average. That’s great for the river and the fish.
Big Hole River 350 cfs
Not a very pretty picture is it? However there are several piles of this stuff close to my yard. The crab apples are falling off the trees and these guys are loving it. To the trained eye one can see immediately it is black bear poop. And by the size of the pile, a fairly large black bear. For those who don’t know how to tell the difference between black bear and grizzly bear poop, let me give you a quick lesson. Black bear poop is full of seeds and half digested berries and such as you can see in the picture. Grizzly bear poop is full of bells and whistles and smells like pepper. I hope you learned something from this lesson.
Looks like we are in for some heavy snow tonight. There has been a winter storm warning for SW Montana for tonight and tomorrow morning. Calling for up to 2 feet in the high country. Let er snow. An early start to a good snowpack would be great. By Monday and Tuesday it will be warming up again.
Fishing has been fairly good with a variety of techniques from nymphs to streamers and large dry flies.
The fly shop will remain open until further notice. If you need a shuttle or gear it is best to stop or call in the morning.
So you think anybody can pass along facts on river conditions? Well guess what, if you follow FWP reports most people just get confused. If you listen to KTVM-NBC news you get the wrong report as what happened a couple weeks ago. They reported on the 6pm news that the only stretch of the Big Hole River that was open was from the mouth of the North Fork to Dickie Bridge. I got in touch with the producer and at first he argued with me. I told him their report was wrong and to listen to his tape. He came back and said they would correct it on the 10pm news, (damage already done). A couple stopped the other day who had booked a trip on the Big Hole. I asked why they didn’t show up for their scheduled date. They said they stopped at a popular fly shop in Livingston and they told them the entire Big Hole was closed. Like I said if you want the solid facts, get them right here.
Now for a good fish story and this just happened last week. One of my guides (a very good one) was guiding on the Divide stretch of river when he spotted a huge brown trout in this riffle. He had the clients at first drift a dry fly to him—no results. He then had them present a couple nymphs and still nothing. Finally he tried a streamer with the same results. He told the clients “something is not right here”. He waded toward the fish and lo and behold he discovered it was dead. Now normally a dead fish will be belly up in the river. This one was kind of wedged between a couple rocks, upright and the current made the tail move back and forth making it look very much alive. It was a big fish measuring 25 inches, girthy and not a mark on it. Very possibly the result of too many pictures. The clients and the guide got a good laugh on this when they told me the story.