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Big Hole River Montana Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Thursday, May 22, 2014

The upper Big Hole River continues to drop and the fishing yesterday was stellar.  It should be another great day on the upper Big Hole. Clarity is around 2 feet up there and once you get above the Wise River and Deep Creek the volume of water decreases and your prospecting on the banks becomes very manageable at these high flows.  We have caddis hatching in the Melrose section but flows are rather high for any dry fly fishing. Streamers and San Juan worms has been producing the best fishing on the upper Big Hole River.  Flows at the Mudd Creek gauge continue to drop and the fishing will remain good up there until the next bump in flows.  Our Big Hole River guides continue to produce huge brown trout this spring. 

Our Client Larry with a wonderful Big Hole Brown caught yesterday

 

Flies: #12 Elk Hair Caddis #12 CDC Caddis #10 Purple Haze #10 Rocky Mountain Mint #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Bullet Head Skwala; #8 Rogue River Skwala  #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat's Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker 

 

 

Big Hole River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Big Hole is on the drop river wide.  It is amazing how this river comes into fishing shape quickly.  We have 2 feet of visibility on the upper river and about 18 inches of visibility here in Melrose.  I think it will flat out fish today.  We will be heading to the upper Big Hole to get above the large volume of water.  Streamers and worms will be the ticket today for the big boys.  We will let you know how it goes. Caddis are as far up as Glen right now.   

Flies: #12 Elk Hair Caddis #12 CDC Caddis #10 Purple Haze #10 Rocky Mountain Mint #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Bullet Head Skwala; #8 Rogue River Skwala  #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat's Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker 

Big Hole River Montana Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Monday, May 19, 2014

Up up and away goes the hydrologic graph.  The entire Big Hole River is not going to fish well today.  You are much better off sitting in front of your vise and tying flies than fishing today.  All of the gauges on the river are increasing in flow.  Once the upper river stabilizes the fishing will be good again.  Clarity is not as much of an issue above the Wise River as increasing flows.  Once we get a break from the runoff and rain we will let you know.  Our Big Hole River fishing report changes daily this time of year since we are in runoff.  The Big Hole is a unique river since it does not muddy up as bad as other freestone rivers during runoff.  We will be fishing again once the flows stabilize.  Check back with us as we will let you know once it is time to get the boat back on the Big Hole.

A nice upper Big Hole brown

Flies: #12 Elk Hair Caddis #12 CDC Caddis #10 Purple Haze #10 Rocky Mountain Mint #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Bullet Head Skwala; #8 Rogue River Skwala  #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat's Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker 

 

Caddis are on the Big Hole

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Friday, May 16, 2014

The caddis have popped on the lower Big Hole.  We have seen them as far up as Notch bottom.  We also have March Brown mayflies hatching and blue winged olives.  With the clouds out today it should be an excellent day and the fish will be looking up.  It is also a good day to be throwing streamers with the cloud cover.  All around it is going to be a great day out there.  Get some before the blow out comes and believe me it's coming. 

Doubled up Clients

Flies: #12 Elk Hair Caddis #12 CDC Caddis #10 Purple Haze #10 Rocky Mountain Mint #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Bullet Head Skwala; #8 Rogue River Skwala  #8 San Juan Worm; #10 Pat's Stone Olive/Brown: #8 RL Stone; #6 J.J. Special #4 Coffey Bugger; #4 Bad Boy #4 Yellow Zonker 

The Spring Rollercoaster Continues

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Thursday, May 08, 2014

As we enter another pattern of colder and wetter weather, the Big Hole River is again on the drop and river temperatures are creeping back down into the low 40's.  The fish have still been very active chasing streamers, but with water temps dropping we might see slower fishing in the mornings.  The forecasted high for the next 5 days ranges from 45 to 55 degrees, which should be sufficient to keep the river warm enough to continue the phenomenal streamer fishing we have been seeing.  The benefit of the cold and wet weather system that we are going to see this weekend is that it will bring with it overcast skies, which will also help continue good streamer fishing.

Below are a couple photos from Lou's guided trip on Tuesday.

 

The Big Hole River Continues to Impress

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Sunday, May 04, 2014

The Big Hole River has been on the rise, the visibility has diminished, most of the tributaries are swollen and off-color, and the fishing continues to be good.  Yesterday we were concerned that the fishing would be tough, but once our guides got on the river, everyone realized that their concerns were unwarranted.  We had boats fish way up river as well as boats that fished down below town, and all of the boats had good days.  Several large fish were caught yesterday, including a 23-incher, a 24-incher, and a 27-incher.  Two of those fish were caught on Streamers and one was caught on a San Juan Worm dropper.

If you like to Streamer fish, this is the week to be here.  The river has come up, but with cooler temperatures in the forecast, the river should begin to drop soon.  Also, the forecast is calling for a week of overcast skies, which will only help the fishing.

Below are photos of a couple of the fish that were landed yesterday.

Here We Go Again

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Friday, May 02, 2014

After hitting 70 degrees in Melrose yesterday, the Big Hole is on the rise again.  It looks like the weather is going to cool off again on Sunday, but for right now we are going to have to deal with another push of water.  As soon as our guides get back to the shop this afternoon, we will update this report with a more detailed fishing report.

*UPDATE* 6:30 pm

The river has lost a fair amount of visibility.  In Melrose, the clarity is down to about 18 inches.  The river above the Wise River has 24 to 30 inches, and from the reports we are hearing the upper river fished much better than the lower and middle sections of the river.  A Red San Juan Worm and a Large Black Pats Rubber Leg were the best flies today.

 

S T R E A M E R S !

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Thursday, May 01, 2014

The streamer fishing continues to impress all of us.  Even with the bright sunny skies that we have been having, the trout are still eating streamers.  We are still getting fish on San Juan Worms, Chubby Chernobyls, and Pats Rubber Legs, but almost all of the big fish that have been landed in the last couple days have been on streamers.  Warmer weather is forecasted for the next couple days, but then it looks like we are going to return to cooler temperatures with scattered precipitation. 

Below is a nice Brown that was landed yesterday between Fishtrap and East Bank.

             

Streamer Season

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Monday, April 28, 2014

The colder weather over the past several days has brought the flows on the Big Hole River down to around 2500cfs and increased the visibility to more than two feet.  This lowering of flows and improvement of the clarity has made for some great spring fishing.  Even though we still haven't really seen much sign of the Skwallas, the streamer fishing has been really good.  As usual for the Big Hole, yellow has been the hot streamer color, and slow stripping has been the most successful technique.  Below are three  nice fish that one of our clients caught this past weekend. 

                                     

On The Drop Again

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Thursday, April 24, 2014
After an intense rain storm on Tuesday, the Big Hole River is back on the drop.  The flow has dropped back down to 2600cfs, and the visibility is increased to around 2 feet.  The great streamer fishing that we had been seeing on the upper river should come back as quickly as the river is dropping.  Yellow streamers thrown tight to the bank has produced quite a few fish over 20 inches in the last week.  Most of the anglers have been floating from East Bank to Jerry Creek, but fish are being caught from as high as Fishtrap and as low as Notch.  Cooler weather this weekend should keep the river on the drop and keep the fishing good.


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