Big Hole River 3660 cfs

First I would like to thank all those who sent positive comments. It’s encouragement like that which keeps me going on this.
There are times when I get off the river and sit in front of the computer and just stare at the screen, drawing nothing but a blank.

Humor is the essence of a fun trip on the river. Yesterday Charley was getting back in the boat when he had one leg in and the boat moved out causing him to flop backward into the water. The boat then moved back over him. The most serious thing was that he almost choked on his plug of tobacco. After getting him upright and he spitting out the rest of the plug he started laughing like crazy and told me that upon close inspection there were no barnacles on the bottom of the boat. I do believe a good laugh was had by the rest of his crew over cocktails last night.

The fishing yesterday was hit and miss with big dry’s and nymphs. We had fair action on Salmon Fly patterns in the morning and nothing on them in the afternoon.

Chuck with Pioneer Outfitters was telling me last night he helped some floaters who got into an irrigation channel and t boned the headgate. He got their oars and much of their gear which was floating down river. For those who do not know the river you should stay out of small channels. This has happened several times this season and luckily nobody has been hurt.

Many other rivfers in SW Montana are still blown out so there are lots of fisherman here on the Big Hole. I have noticed in the past week that most are very courteous to each other and respect others water.


  1. I really enjoy reading the reports, since the volunteer posts are able to bring back vivid memories of being there on the Big Hole…
    I’m sure most of the negative comments are from people who have no idea what it’s like running a shop on the Big Hole. Not that I do, either, however, I can only imagine being a business owner myself. Fly shops sell merchandise. For those who were unhappy with the merchandising comment- what other fly shop websites do you visit to read reports? How many other ones are as straightforward as this one? With no links to an actual website, no products with “closeout sale”, “order online”, etc.. what is all the gripe about? I think its awesome what you are doing, keep up the great work! I would be willing to bet that old St. Croix with cheap line from “Craig” would not have landed that fish just fine- 27 inch brown on a 4wt, thats not your everyday fish. Although, because of wagers, feathers were ruffled.. Ah well, go fishing!

  2. matt…”merchandising”??? really – what country do you live in? you get “free” advice and info.

  3. Much ado about nothing, Al! Jack and I feel you have not been out of line in telling what works best in these conditions. We value your expertese and found it a pleasure to ride with you and use your excellent advice on giving us a terrific float! We’ll definitely be back to see you at your shop, purchase from you, and recommend you to our fishing friends as well as book a trip. And you were so booked up we barely got in a float with you, so not to worry about losing business from the ne’r do wells. I notice they read you anyway, since you give such good info about conditions on a super river. Laurel

  4. I am one with mud on my face. Sorry about the neg response the other day. We own a retail store and I know how tough it is to run a business these days. More power to you if you try to make a buck, its hard enough these days. Keep up the great work. I would love to fish with you old buzzards some day.Larry

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