The Big Hole will be for closed to float launches at Greenwood Flats FAS and Silver Bridge (Powerhouse FAS) on Wednesday, August 19. Wade fishing will also be restricted 1000′ feet up and down stream from Silver Bridge. The construction crew is still working on Silver Bridge; this temporary closure is due to that process. If you plan on floating below Jerry Creek, please be aware that you will need to take out at Greenwood!
We have heard from the construction crew that they are a month ahead of schedule (for now), and hope to be completed with the project in mid-September. Hopefully we can get some photos of them putting the bridge back where it belongs!
Spruce moth activity has been hot in the canyon, with the best fishing from Jerry Creek to Maiden Rock. We have been catching rising fish on a variety of patterns, the best being a #12 CDC Underwing Spruce Moth. Elk hair caddis and the 2Pac patterns have worked as well, #12-14. We expect to only see the moths our for a few more days, but there is really no way of knowing. The trico hatch has still been steady on most of the river. Stop in the shop to stock up on moths and grab a shuttle before you head out.
FWP announced yesterday that restrictions have been put back in place. Currently the river is under hoot-owl restrictions from Maiden Rock to the confluence with the Beaverhead. Additional restrictions are in place … Continue reading
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 … 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. … 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 … 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 … Continue reading