River Rising

Big Hole River 468 cfs
Beaverhead River 815 cfs

When we launched the boat this morning the river had a very different look about it. It was much higher than the day before and it was a bit murky. It came up 150 cfs from yesterday and it was welcome. I was afraid these conditions would put the fish off but it didn’t. It wasn’t the greatest day with dry fly’s but it was ok and there was enough action to stay on top.

I have heard rumors from Bozeman and other places that the Big Hole is just about dried up and not worth fishing. Top water action in the morning is about as good as any river in the state and with the tricos and spruce moths just around the corner it’s getting better. If you want to know the facts about the Big Hole River call the shop at 406-267-3346.

Chuck Robbins who is author of Montana Fly Fishing and a guide from the Dillon area said the Beaverhead is fishing very well. He also told me it wasn’t exactly my favorite form of fishing and I knew immediately what he meant. Two #20 nymphs with lots of lead and the fishing is awesome. Lots of fish between 16 and 20 inches.

I’m still waiting for a fishing report from Andros Island. Herman or Brian should be getting in touch with me in the next couple days.


  1. Al,

    I tried making it for Conch the other day, but had a hard time arranging flights last minute. Hope Hank and Eva had a nice visit. I can sense the tone in Hanks voice when he said he’d walk instead of ride back.

    At least you guys have water to fish. Here in PA things are bone dry and have been for a while. I’m fishing with Greg for stripers in 2 weeks in Boston Harbor, that will have to due til Andros next March.

    Take care.

    Erik (Erie, PA)

  2. Paul Neibergs

    I have been taking some nice fish on the Beaverhead with little rusty spinners in the late morning and early afternoon. Spring creek like fishing. No nymphs required! If you don’t mind true bobber fishing for lots of big trout, try Clark Canyon in the am around where the Red Rock dumps in (where all the boats are). Thanks for the Big Hole info. Some folks I was talking to in Bozeman thought the entire river was closed. Glad that’s not true.

  3. Paul, Thanks for the report on the Beav. As for some of those folks in Bozeman who say the Big Hole is closed, I think they must be drinking their bath water again.

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