Big Hole River 3840 cfs

The fishing today for us was pretty good despite the rising river. I will have to admit we were bobberin most of the time with the big stone fly nymphs getting most of the action. As for the Salmon Fly’s there were none on the upper river.

I just approved lots of new comments regarding river etiquette and thanks to all for your input.

Bottom line is that the majority of floaters are very courteous and considerate. Also 99 percent of the guides are the same. It just takes a couple bad ones (like the one who was looking right at me and pulled right in front of me) he definitely needed an ass kickin attitude adjustment but he had an older couple in the boat who seemed a bit intimidated about the whole thing, so I backed off and let it slide. Had it been 20 years ago I would have floated along side him, jumped in his boat, beat him severely about the head and shoulders and then gone on my merry way.
With more and more people on the rivers there needs to me more info posted regarding river etiquette. Perhaps some of the money that all outfitters and guides have to pay now for these access sites could go toward informational education on this matter.


  1. careful they will use that to raise your rates/fees again. You don’t realize that once they have your money it goes first pay themselves salaries/perks/benefits and raises and that anything above that requires an increase in fees, taxes, licenses and/or both.

  2. I usually shy away from the crowds but decided to be a sheep today and fish where everybody else was. I floated from Divide to Brown’s Bridge today and am happy to report, with only one exception, I found the etiquette and attitude to be very good. Plenty of polite waves and wide berths made for an enjoyable day. The one exception was with a boat going down the middle of the river and pulling in only 20 yds ahead of me.

  3. River Etiquette training for guides would help. MT FWP needs to also check up on licenses and fine those in violation.
    Guiding on the Big Hole River should have a permit system only for outfitters, with first access to the local few whom endure the harsh winter in the Big Hole Valley and work to call it home. The rest of you outfitters from outside the 50 mile radius can keep your boats at home. This should be the same for around Montana, thus eliminating the traveling circus boats and providing less pressure on MY river.
    Yes this comment is as a local, native, born, raised, CONCEIVED man on the Big Hole River. That is why this river is near Butte, Anaconda, Dillon and other such communities. It has carried characters from those communities long before “bitchin” drift boats bounced down its banks. It has reached deep into the souls of many miners and ranchers and runs that tea colored water through their dreams. WE do not want or ask for the Big Hole to become the Smith.
    For now it is not the Smith. From at least this local and for now, I would say, “Break your etiquette and respect out when you come to the Big Hole Valley, otherwise the characters that are still around will take note and make mention, thus you will be staying home in the future.”

  4. Next time a guide cuts you off look at him/her and watch. This guide may have just untangled the 100th knot of the day, and when he looks at you and pulls anchor anyway he must have mentally checked out. I’m not making excuses for etiquette, but how often does this happen when this same guide is floating with buddies and doesn’t have to untangle anything? I try and take the opportunity to fish new spots and not worry that, the fish I was counting on, WAS ALL I KNOW. Everyone goes through a progression in fishing and life. Set a good example as often as you can. And don’t put dumb stickers like that on a flyfishing boat.

  5. Hey, we’re proud of that brown,and it was closer to 24′ by our reckoning (remember–we forgot to measure her! Anyway, we had a great time, and she gave a good fight to Jack. We’ll be back for the spruce moth hatch and maybe we’ll beat that 27″er!

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