Big Hole River 6220 cfs—Maidenrock
I’ve been getting lots of predictions as to when the river will crest and at what level. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the 6300 cfs it got to yesterday at Maidenrock was the crest. Unless we get some super warm temps and lots of rain in the near future I don’t see it getting much higher. I know there are those who think I’m nuts but they thought that last year as well.
There was a fishing report in yesterday’s Montana Standard that basically said “the Big Hole was a raging chocolate mess and don’t even try it”. Well Paul I’m gonna have to disagree with you. When looking at the river from the road for example it looks like a chocolate mess. If you walk to the bank you will notice the visibility is at least a foot to foot and a half. As for not even trying it, Roger went against your advice yesterday evening and went down in the Maidenrock Canyon. There he got into a back water pool and between 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm he had a ball on top water action using a purple haze and miracle caddis. He said there were lots of fish rising and some really big ones but he couldn’t hook up on those.
If your thinking about floating the river this weekend I do suggest only very experienced oarsman to be on it. If you want a easy float and try a little fishing also, go way up river where it’s an easy run and fantastic scenery.