Yesterday we had an unusual, but much welcome July rain storm. It dumped buckets all day, with temperatures barely coming out of the 40’s. There are lots of reports of snow
accumulation above 8000 ft. A couple of our clients who are here for the week opted to hit the river regardless of the weather, while some others took off to enjoy the hot springs. Those that braved the weather were well rewarded, boating lots of fish who were hungry for streamers.
Look for continued action on the streamers (olive, white, yellow, copper) as the river came up 112 cfs at Maiden Rock, and is still rising with all of the rain we received. Today is supposed to warm up to about 70 degrees, with some lingering storms clouds. Tricos, hoppers and caddis are working well for dry … Continue reading
A wade fisherman, fishing around Saw Log lost his wallet yesterday, July 20. He also fished at the Jerry Creek FAS. The wallet is tan, and fell out of his pocket. If you come across it, please drop it at the fly shop. Mr. Graff is willing to offer a reward for it safe return. Thank you!
Additionally, for those of you looking for some hatches, the tricos have started hatching. We have heard they are out from Dickie Bridge clear down to Brown’s Bridge. Mid-morning has been the heaviest portion of the hatch, sometime between 10 and 11 AM, lasting until about 1 PM. As I write this it is pouring down rain in Divide; a welcome rain, sure to add some needed water to the Big Hole. Streamer’s have also been working well during the cloud cover. We recommend copper zonkers, olive/white coneheads, and white/pearl streamers. Stop … Continue reading
The summer is rolling by quickly, a little too quick for me. I have been keeping busy with various tasks; from managing the lodge, filling in at the fly shop when needed, and recently I have been teaching a lot of horseback riding lessons for locals around town. Yesterday, I had a new first: haying. Now, I have done some farm work in the hay fields, but have generally not been given a chance to drive the machinery. Well, after some persuading, my neighbor taught me how to drive his swather. I handily mowed down all 18 acres of grass in our field, and proudly drove the swather back to its parking spot up the road. As I was pulling in, my neighbor, Ron, was standing there watching me. In the gate I went, and CRASH, there went the gate, flying off the hinges. I guess I forgot how … Continue reading
Hoot owl restrictions have been placed on most of Western Montana’s rivers as of July 3. The majority of the Big Hole is under hoot owl restrictions (closed to fishing from 2 pm until midnight). Dickie Bridge to Maiden Rock FAS is still open, under normal regulations.
I have just been notified of a proposed law concerning flats fishing in the Bahamas. There is a proposed law which would eliminate all non Bahamians from fishing without a Bahamian guide. Several of my contacts hire a guide for a couple days and then rent a boat to go out on their own as they cannot afford to hire a guide every day.
I found out the dead line for commenting on this law is tomorrow, June 26th. I also just found out about this from my friends in Norway. It seems like they are trying to push it through quickly.
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Our friends from the Big Hole River Foundation dropped this 2015 Montana Skiff at the shop over the weekend. You can buy raffle tickets to win this boat (drawing July 18 at the Big Hole River Day) from us at the shop. Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100. Every bundle of 6 tickets purchased will also be entered in a Second Chance Drawing for a Montana Rodsmith custom fly rod.
Winner of the boat will receive the Skiff, trailer, storage boxes, seats, oars, locks, anchor system, front and rear knee braces and tie downs.
Don’t miss out on this chance, a truly awesome boat, and supporting a great cause.
I have been out on the water for the past week. The fishing has been good when you can find a place to fish around the boats. The report from the lower river (Dead Zone down stream) is that the fish are eating nymphs. The boats that have reported good days down there have been fishing turds, worms, and prince nymphs under an indicator, with some fish looking at caddis in the afternoon. The mid-river stretches (East Bank to Maiden Rock) have been hit and miss. Most of the folks that are chasing the big bugs have been sticking to the main hatch area between Jerry Creek and Divide. When I fished, there was barely enough room to put your boat without having 3 other boats in sight. Most of the fisherman are pounding the banks, but good fish seem to be coming out of the middle. I had … Continue reading
Not unlike the fabled Big Foot, salmon flies have been spotted in several different areas on the Big Hole River. As you all can imagine, the word is getting out fast. I don’t believe anything I hear until I spot the western tanagers. The birds have shown up in force, and if there is anything the valley has taught me over the last 15 years, it is that the birds are always on time. The first bugs spotted were on the upper river near Fish Trap, which is contradictory to the school of thought that tells us that the bugs always move up river. I think that this anomaly can be attributed to the fact that the water in the upper valley is warmer, and the sun is on the water longer. I fished the Dewey Canyon yesterday, and did well on silver/white, and gold/white streamers, but only saw … Continue reading
Yesterday was a great day to be out. The sun was out and the wind was blowing, but we still managed to catch fish on several different patterns. The best streamer seemed to be the white and silver. I caught a couple nice browns right off the bat, but as the sun came over us the streamer bite slowed down and shut off around noon. George caught a couple on a san juan worm under a chubby until we started seeing rises and switched to caddis and quills. The dries worked well the rest of the day. Al started throwing a peacock chubby with a caddis pupa in the early afternoon, and to our surprise, the fish started hitting the big bug as well. When George started rowing I moved to the front of the boat and put on a brown gypsy king #12 followed by a #16 olive … Continue reading
The weekend has been a success. The shop is busy, shuttles are steady, and we clearly need to stock night crawlers for the Butte contingent. Last night the owners of GDO took the liberty of camping at Salmon Fly access in Melrose. The fire was hot and the beer was cold and George Strait was amazing. This morning is a little foggy but the coffee is working its magic.
Today Al, George Peck, and I are heading up river to see if we can’t scare up a big boy or two. I am only bringing my seven weight in hopes that I might need it. The sky’s are blue but the weather is suppose to deteriorate as the day goes on which should bode well for the streamer bite. I will be updating this post this evening with more information and pictures…Thanks to everyone who visited the shop and … Continue reading