Another Novice Turned Pro

Big Hole 297 cfs
Beaverhead 113 cfs
Jefferson 671 cfs

As the day started the young lady in front of the boat couldn’t cast the length of the boat. By the end of the day she was out fishing her friend who was a pretty good fly fisherman. The only problem she had is when she would get a hook up she got so excited she would jump up in the raft and almost fell out of the boat a couple times. Mid morning the fish were very selective and we had to go down to a #18 trico emerger to get their attention. In the afternoon they were much more cooperative and ate a madam x with a nymph dropper. It was another perfect fall day with little or no wind and warm temp. All my fisherman and women are happy this evening (which makes me happy) and are now enjoying a prime rib dinner at Chester and Loretta’s Wise River Club. I kinda hung around waiting for an invite but they seemed preoccupied talking about the fish they caught today and forgot about their hungry old guide. In the morning I’ll just have to tell them how good my hungry man tv dinner was.

I have been very fortunate lately to have very nice people in my boat who really appreciate the service and are a lot of fun to be with.

One Comment:

  1. Ryan Reichle

    Big Al,
    I guess you don’t need to be told how good the Big Hole is fishing right now. I was on today with novice anglers and was blessed with several browns in the 16-19″ range along with a few smallish bows and a couple natives. Caught 8 on hoppers while I was getting lunch ready! Fish are starting to redd up at least the mid size fish are, wait a couple weeks for the hawgs to show up. I would like to take this opportunity to remind people to please be concious of the redds and not walk on or even near them. Be careful dragging the boat through shallows. If you see some really shiny gold or red colored gravel PLEEEASE don’t walk in it. If you do you will be killing fish (at least potential fish). If you choose to fish the redds be conservative. Any hack can catch fish off a redd. Catch a couple and move on, with all the drought and irrigation, these fish could use a break. They are our future. How would you feel if you were harrassed during your once a year sexual excapade. If you catch a female brown this time of year please be gentle. Avoid touching her if possible and for gods sake don’t pick her up or waste time with photos. Get her back in the water! I should add that there are a few floating hazards above Melrose. The first diversion is an easy float through on the right, but the second diversion could be a little dicey especially for kickboaters or inexperienced rafters (hard boats have no place on the Big Hole at the current flow). There is a large tree in the river at the second diversion. You can take the open (obvious) line and bounce off the log or you can run far right clean (except for the overhanging branches which may slightly change your hairdo). Just below the second diversion there is a natural (windblown) sweeper in the river. You must pull over on the right and drag the boat around. Getting caught on the left side could potentially flip a boat. Look ahead and save the beer for after. Lively keeps it coldest anyway.
    Keep truckin’

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