About Time

Big Hole 205 cfs-morning water temp. 55, late afternoon water temp. 63
Beaverhead 223 cfs

Every year they close the upper Big Hole when the flow gets down to 20 cfs at the Wisdom bridge and every year the Montana Standard would have a headline that read, Big Hole River Closure, leading a lot of people thinking the entire river was closed. Officially it’s closed again tomorrow and that is the 19 mile stretch from just above Wisdom down to the confluence with the North Fork of the Big Hole. This time however the newspaper headline said “Upper Big Hole Closed” and in a subtitle just below it read, “Remainder of entire Big Hole open to angling and not expected to close” They finally got it, it only took about ten years.

The tricos were a little late this morning probable due to the frost we had last night. When they did come out there were a lot of them and fish were sipping, gulping, and splashing every where. Dry fly fishing came to an abrupt halt after the tricos were gone. Had one big brown take a serious look at a hopper and another broke off on a caddis. Didn’t try any nymphs. Evening fishing has been good on dry’s from about seven til dark mostly on caddis. Mid afternoon on a bright day is a bust for top water action.

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About Time

Big Hole 818 cfs
Beaverhead 495 cfs
Jefferson 1130 cfs

I’m starting to get back on track now after a slightly hectic week. The fishing last week ranged from excellent to slow depending on who you talked to. Those lucky enough to be on the river last week with all that cloud cover did great. Right now mid morning is the best for dry fly’s. In the afternoon go to a dry with a nymph dropper or two nymphs. Pheasant tail, copper john and brasies will work. Personally I have had good success with #12 yellow humpy in the afternoon.

I just got a call from my friend Jim over on the Jeffrson and he said it’s looking great. Use streamers early in the morning over there for some exciting action. The forceast is for high’s about 90 for the next couple days so late afternoon fishing is going to be slow on both rivers.

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  1. Sorry about your hectic week. Maybe if your lucky you will have plenty of those cloudy days ahead. It is extremly hot and sunny here in Colorado. Thank you for the superb float trip! I caught more trout in one day then I have in one week of fishing.

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