Snowy and Wet Labor Day weekend
Having too much fun during “Montana’s Biggest Weekend”
“Montana’s Biggest Weekend” was a great one for SW Montana. The Labor Day festivities in Dillon were a great time, with huge attendance at the PRCA Rodeo and concert. Craig and I are members of the Dillon Jaycees, who put on this event. This was our first year working the event, and, well, we got rode hard, and put up wet. Some of you may have even seen us on the back of the Coors truck during the concert Sunday night. We were hard to miss, wearing bright yellow “Twisted Tea” onesies. We may have looked goofy, but we stayed warm and dry during the rain/sleet storm that blanketed this corner of the state for 2 days.
Looking north at Fleecer
The aforementioned storm was much needed, and the Big Hole has received a healthy push of fresh, cool water. No restrictions have been lifted yet, but we expect we will see that in the next couple of days. The dry fly fishing will probably be a lot slower for the next few days, but as the temps come back up the fish will start feeding on the surface again. For now, the best method will be wet flies. For streamers, start small with #6 and #8 black wooly buggers, JJ Specials and Big Hole Bombers. As for nymphs, try San Juan worms, #12 and #14 Prince nymphs. We still have some spots available for our Andros Island trip in February. The rates are the best around! We have already purchased tickets to be there the entire month, and are looking forward to checking out Al’s winter hideaway.