The Big Hole River is at 3280 cfs and leveling off.
We started out this morning getting a 24 inch brown right out of the gate. It wasn’t more than 200 yards below the launch when Bob tossed his streamer into a foam pocket and there he was. This was another case of a guy who has been fly fishing a long time but has never thrown streamers and was kind of doubtful about the whole thing. He would prefer to throw dry’s with perhaps a nymph dropper. How ever now he has been converted and openly admits it’s the biggest brown trout he has ever caught and has no problem with the streamers, as a matter of fact he rather enjoy’s it—-I should think so.

After we got back to the shop I heard story’s of guys nailing the fish on salmon fly’s in the same part of the river we went through?????? Unless I missed something and I tried several times with different patterns, it was not happening. Several baetis were showing up but the fish were not.


  1. Al…….that was us on SFs and then took a second drift. I was surprised too but had been rowing all day while the guys fished streamers. When someone finally took the oars from me I decided to try a SF and I’ll be damned if I didnt start getting hits right away. Continued to Dewey and then on the second drift turned off.

    The 8th was tough I’ll agree! Hey, we left you and Art a couple of cigars at the shop in thanks for doing a late shuttle and this blog…..great reading. Wade.

  2. Al

    I stopped by the shop yesterday, Monday, and picked up a few of those streamers. I absolutely will use them – now that I know they work.

    I’m booked with Art on Friday and looking forward to a great day.

    Thank you, sincerely, for a great time. Joe and I had a ball!!!!

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