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Big Hole Snowpack Update

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Monday, December 16, 2013

We just finished up a bitter cold snap here in Southwest Montana.  We had ten days of sub zero temperatures, some of the lowest reading we had were -30 degrees.  Right now we are back on average temperatures and it is currently snowing in the high country.  We have a great start to the Montana Snowpack and the Big Hole River snowpack.  The mountains in the Big Hole watershed and Beaverhead watershed are reading about 130% of normal for this date in time.   We are pleased with good start to our snowpack as the first day of the official winter season isn't until December 21st. 

It looks like we are going to have a cold winter with above average snowpack according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Here is a link to an informative article on the winter outlook.    2013 will be wrapping up here shortly and we are looking forward to great Big Hole River spring fishing come April.  

Heating up on the Big Hole and Beaverhead

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer is officially here.  It is time to take the waders off, put on the the sunshirt and fish dry flies.  We have Yellow Sallies, PMD's, Caddis, Green Drakes,  and Golden Stones Hatching on our Southwest Montana Rivers. 

 

The Big Hole River has leveled off and is consistently producing PMD hatches in the morning, caddis throughout the day and Golden Stones.  Below is a nice brown caught on a golden stone dry fly pattern a few days ago on the Upper Big Hole. 

 

Currently the Beaverhead River is fishing very well on Nymphs.  We have hatches of Yellow Sallies and PMD's.  Flows are currently wader friendly up near the Dam.  Our fishing has been the best below High Bridge.  As the PMD and Sally hatch thickens the dry fly fishing will be very good on the Beaverhead.  Below is a Rainbow caught on the Beaverhead on a PMD nymph a few days ago.  Large rainbows are being found throughout the lower stretches of the Beaverhead, which is very exciting.

 

Southwest Montana Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Monday, August 29, 2011

It is hard to believe that August is coming to an end soon.  Southwest Montana fishing has been heating up.  We have had hot and dry weather, which has really gotten the hopper fishing on track.  We are looking forward to a September filled with exciting hopper fishing on the Big Hole, Beaverhead and Jefferson River.  I have been on all three rivers this week.  We still have Spruce Moth’s on the Big Hole River; the upper Beaverhead has been fishing excellent on PMD nymphs with hopper and Crane Fly fishing on the surface.  The Jefferson River has been streaky on the hopper bite.  Some days they have been crushing the hopper and other days the Jefferson River can be humbling.  Fall fishing is right around the corner.  Start planning your Fall fishing trip now! 

June 1st Mother's Day Caddis Hatch

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Thursday, June 02, 2011

Mother’s day Caddis arrives on June 1st.  After the last couple of years of having a  late spring, we should call it the June 1st Caddis Hatch.   I did an evening float from Maiden Rock to Melrose and we did well on caddis dries through the entire canyon.  You had to be in backwater channels and back eddies for the dry fly fishing.  Get over here fast before the next push of water.  We also threw streamers late in the evening and moved several fish on J.J’s and muddy buddies.  The river has moved some trees below the Meriwether Ranch.  The one large cottonwood that has been pointing downstream right above the slough channel is now gone.  The power of water this time of year makes you realize that you need to be on your toes while rowing.      



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