About the Grayling situation. First of all the little buggers are great with eggs for breakfast in the morning. Kidding, kidding of course.

The Feds recently elected not to put the grayling on the endangered species list. I for one kinda agree with them. Number one, keep the Feds out of it. I really don’t agree with the total number count-too low I believe. In the past couple years we have caught several of them. Just last week we caught two in the Jerry Creek area. Also many of the upper creeks such as La Marche, Fishtrap, Deep Creek just to name a few have a good population of these tasty little fellas.

The Big Hole is in super condition with a level flow at Maidenrock of 780 cfs. The cloudy, rainy conditions past few days made for some good streamer action. Warming temps will again bring out mayfly action.


  1. Al: You are correct, they are good with eggs in the morning, use to have them in the wilds of Alaska over 40 years ago. Not so much now. They are nice to catch every so often adds to the day on the Big Hole.

  2. RE: Your Grayling story I remember when a client caught 17 inch Grayling just a bit upstream at Maiden Rock when I asked the MFWP biologist about that he said occasionally they will get that big and drift to the lower river.

  3. Perhaps your count of the grayling in the Big Hole is more accurate because of your experience catching some; anecdotal evidence is sometimes used in determining populations of fish. Might, maybe, be a little like the fact that Fleecer got snow a couple days ago, in Aug., so global warming, climate change is not accurate. Science is not believed I guess unless it agrees with us, whatever our experiences or agenda’s wish it to be, if it is, then fine.
    It seems to boil down to is the grayling a fish we want or care to be in the Big Hole….it’s not a difficult fish to catch, doesn’t give much of a fight usually, most of us don’t keep and eat them, a brookie is tastier. So what’s it’s value? The fact that it’s been her long before rainbows and browns got here, that the Big Hole is one of the very few river’s it’s still in in the lower 48?
    Al has far more experience and time on the Big Hole than anyone I know.
    Do you think the ranchers will still do the water conservation needed to keep them alive voluntarily? According to Montana FW the population of grayling has not seen an increase, just a sustaining of numbers….will the various water users of the Big Hole keep the limits up they’ve been required to use?
    It so, fine. Well and good. I guess federal aid/interference isn’t needed. Maybe we don’t need any help with I15 either, we locals and the state can keep up the work. Maybe the ranchers that get federal help don’t need it, maybe we can be self-sustaining, with no national help. Maybe the federal government is of no use.
    Like to hear your thoughts on this.

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