Slow Morning

Big Hole River 1410 cfs.

There was a little frost on the pumpkin this morning so things got off to a slow start. Later in the day it picked up on pmd’s, drakes and small stones. We actually found a spot where we noticed a few salmon fly’s around and we picked up half dozen fish on them. It lasted for about 200 yards.

When the wind died down the mosquitos came out in force on the upper river.

Forecast for this weekend is for above normal temps. so early and late day fishing will be best.

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  1. Big Hole River flows at Wisdom have slipped below 40 cubic feet per second (cfs). Water temperature with these low flows is peaking at 75 deg F. This reach of the Big Hole River is core habitat for a small and dwindling population of our native fluvial Arctic grayling.

    According to the Big Hole Watershed Committee’s “drought management plan,” the target flow for the Wisdom reach is 160 cfs for 15 May through 30 June. This level is the upper inflection point for the river’s wetted perimeter, and is the level needed for good recruitment of young-of-the-year grayling. The lower inflection point, which many biologists consider to be a minimum survival level, is 60 cfs. Fish – especially an endangered fish like the Big Hole river grayling – need water everyday, not just 20 days out of 30.

    The year-to-date precipitation is well above average. The monthly June precipitation is well above average. Why isn’t there enough water in the upper Big Hole River?

    After what looked to be a pretty good year for grayling spawning & recruitment, have we “screwed the pooch?” Are we once again poised to kill off an entire year class of this endangered fish?

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Slow Morning

Big Hole River 2700 cfs, temp. 58

This morning the fishing was terrible expect for the guy in the back of the boat. He was a spin fisherman and he was having a grand ole time. This afternoon things turned around especially after that rain storm blew through. From that point on the fishing got really good. The guy spin fishing didn’t get much action then but his buddy fly fishing in front of the boat was on fire. Streamers didn’t work very well today and there was basically no top water action. Stone fly nymphs got all the attention today.

I have to apologize for any one trying to leave a message on my answering machine. It sort of died the other day. I had listened to all the messages but the damn thing kept beeping. I hit every button on it and it still kept beeping so I punched it–hard–twice. Now it just makes this faint little squealing noise. I’ll have to talk one of my shuttlers into going to town to get another one.

We just received our last shipment of Salmon Fly’s at the shop and just in time because that’s going to start happening soon. They include the fluttering stone and F150’s which were the best patterns last year.

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