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, and they are generally eating streamers. Some people don't like throwing streamers, or they can't. Personally, we love it, and you will find most guides do as well, because they know the results. The Mothers Day Caddis hatch happens in mid-May, and is generally some of the best fishing of the year. Another bonus, the river is quiet, and you will often find your the only one there. Some people don't like to book trips this time of year because of the unpredictable weather and river conditions. Don't be shy, 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. If it is a little windy, you may find yourself with a frustrated guide because he has been hooked in the back of the head one too many times. Better switch to something with a little more gusto. If you only have one rod, I reccommend a strong 9 foot, 5 weight or 6 weight. For a boat rod, I pack along a Scott-S3 9ft 5wt, which has a medium fast action.
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. Rubber soled wading shoes
2. Breathable waders
3. Polarized sun glasses
4. Rain jacket
5. Bug Spray
7. Warm layered clothing a spring storm or summer hail.
8. Most important of all, a good attitude
Is it customary to tip the guide?
This question comes up quite often. A Guides tips can make or break their season. I generally stick to the typical tipping scale of 10% if it was OK, 15% if it was good. If you had a fantastic day and the guide did everything he or she could to make the trip memorable, we recommend 20%.
A day trip costs $525.
If we book a trip on the Big Hole and the river is blown out, can we fish another river?
We keep all of our options open. There are many rivers in the area, and there are days when they may fish better than the Big Hole. The guides keep their ears to the water to ensure that we know where the best fishing is found on any particular day. Where we go will also depend on the focus of the trip; whether it be scenery, fishing, solitude, or wade fishing small creeks. Great Divide Outfitters also has access to several unbelievable spring ponds that fish well in most conditions, if all else fails.
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, after all, our motto is “Return the Resource”. 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.