August heat has led to warming water temperatures on the Big Hole River. Hoot owl fishing restrictions were announced for portions of the Big Hole, effective August 6, 2020. Hoot owl means that no fishing is allowed from 2 PM to midnight, and is in effect from the North Fork of the Big Hole River to Dickie Bridge, and from Maidenrock Fishing Access Site (AKA DEAD ZONE) to the Beaverhead River. Full news release available here: http://fwp.mt.gov/news/newsReleases/fishing/nr_1277.html
The good news is that the fishing has improved over the course of the week. Dry fly fishing in the riffles has been productive for trout, as well as drop-offs and ledges. The tricos are slowly beginning to make an appearance, and fish seem to be looking up for comparadun and trico patterns. We have also seen some larger may flies coming off mid to late morning, with a #12 Purple Haze working well. We are beginning to see a little bit more action on Hoppers as well, with a small mayfly nymph or small stone nymph underneath.
Remember to keep using your thermometer while you are out fishing. Get the fish to the net quickly, and keep them wet. The trout will thank you.