Big Hole River 1050 cfs Teno. 45 in a.m.–55 in p.m.
Yesterday was a beautiful blue bird day with warm temps. but a bit breezy. It was a perfect day to float the river if you just wanted to pleasure float cuz the fishing was the pits. It was one of those days where I went through almost every fly in my arsenal and nothing worked very well. We had a little luck with streamers, a little with nymphs and a little with dry flies. It wasn’t because the river was rising as it is staying fairly level. Bright sun and wind and the fish were off. I talked to several other anglers and their story was the same. Actually we did pretty well considering we got about 12 fish but none were over 14 inches. Today is supposed to be similar but the weather pattern will be changing Monday with some showers and cooler temps. on the way. The old saying that you can’t have a beautiful day and good fishing too is very true.
There is some alarming news from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the Big Hole River grayling. It seems that the politicians have decided that the fluvial grayling is no longer a distinct population worthy of of any federal protction. In short the bureaucrats have decided to just let these fish perish despite the recommendations of its own scientists.
I will do more follow up on this and get names and addresses of people to contact regarding this critical situation.
Montana Tech Professor, Pay Munday wrote a great article on page 2 of today’s Montana Standard on this issue.