FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

· When is the best time to come to the Big Hole?
· When do the salmon flies hatch?
· Is my 7-1/2 ft. 3-wt. rod ample for the Big Hole?
· My wife or girlfriend doesn’t fish, can she come along, and will she enjoy the trip?
· Is the Big Hole a good river for a beginner?
· What do we need to bring along on the float trip?
· Is it customary to tip the guide?
· If we book a trip on the Big Hole and the river is blown out, can we fish another river?
· Are lunches provided?
· Can we keep any fish we catch?


When is the best time to come to the Big Hole?

My favorite time of year is from mid-April through May. This is when we usually catch the biggest fish. A lot of the fishing is with streamers. Some people don’t like throwing them or can’t. Personally, I love it and you will find most guides do because they know the results. Also, if your timing is right and you catch the Mothers Day caddis hatch some time in mid May, that is some of the most awesome fishing of the year and you will usually have the river to your self. Some people don’t like to book trips then because weather and river conditions can be a bit unpredictable. Just come prepared.

When do the salmon flies hatch?

You can figure about the 15th of June, give or take a few days depending on the weather. Just remember, you will have a lot of company.

Is my 7 1/2 ft. 3 wt. rod ample for the Big Hole?

Absolutely not. It’s ok if conditions are just right, but with a little wind, a big bushy dry fly and after you hooked the guide in the back of the head a couple times, you better switch to some thing with a little more oomph. If you have only one rod, I reccommend a strong 9ft. 5wt. or 6wt. For a boat rod I pack along a Scott-S3 9ft 5wt, which has a medium fast action and it gets used a lot.

My wife or girlfriend doesn’t fish but can she come along and will she enjoy the trip?

Most definitely. The scenery and wildlife along the river is fantastic and the guides will usually keep them entertained with stories of all sort. Some true, some stretched just a bit.

My partner is a beginner and has never caught a fish with a fly rod, is the Big Hole river a good river for a beginner?

We take pride in teaching beginners how to fly fish. As most of you know, once you catch that first fish on a fly rod, you’re hooked, and it’s a very rewarding experience for the guide as well.

What do we need to bring along on the float trip?

1.felt soled wading shoes
2.breathable waders
3.polarized sun glasses
4.rain jacket
5.bug dope
6.camera
7.Warm layered clothing for spring trips
8.most important of all, a good attitude

Is it customary to tip the quide?

As with any service you tip accordingly.

If we book a trip on the Big Hole and the river is blown out, can we fish another river?

If we determine the river is unfishable we will be glad to take you to another river.

Are lunches provided?

On all full-day float trips lunches and soft drinks are provided. If you are on a special diet, please inform us when you book your trip.

Can we keep any fish we catch?

At Great Divide Outfitters, we strongly promote catch and release. If you want to catch some fish to eat we can direct you to some mountain streams where you can catch a mess of small brook trout.

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