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Big Hole River Fishing Report
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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Winter has set into the Big Hole and Beaverhead Valleys. The trout are in hibernation mode and so are many anglers. Here are some updates for the holiday/winter season at Sunrise Fly Shop. 

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In the Winter of 2019 we will be hosting another trip to Belize. We have 1 spot still available for each week. We are going to be in Punta Gorda, Belize at the Copal Tree Lodge https://copaltreelodge.com fishing for permit, bone fish and tarpon. 

February 23rd - 28th 1 spot available ( 2 anglers)

March 2nd - 8th 1 spot available ( 2 anglers)

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Below are some photos from last years hosted trip to Punta Gorda, Belize




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Looks like tomorrow will be our first blast of fall weather. Cooler weather with some rain should bring the aggressive brown trout back on the feed on the Big Hole. A few of the cottonwoods are turning yellow and the willows along the banks are showing some fall colors. This all means that it's time to throw streamers and the fall baetis and Mahogany Duns are going to blanket the water. The best fishing hours are moving to the middle of the day while the water warms in to the upper 50's. 

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Recommended Flies:

#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)

#12 Mahogany Dun
#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom's Caddis
#14 Purple Haze
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

Jenny with an awesome trout from the Big Hole

Monday, September 03, 2018

Late summer fishing has been holding up pretty well on the Big Hole River. With the cool crisp mornings and pleasant afternoon warm up, we are seeing trico hatches in the mornings and some great hopper fishing on the Big Hole in the afternoon. On some of the damp overcast days you will find fall baetis hatches and the opportunity for trout to take streamers rather aggressively. Flows remain above average and the entire Big Hole River is in great shape for September fishing. Our Big Hole River guides have been floating from the Jerry Creek stretches down to the Notch bottom stretches of the Big Hole. It's time to get the last of the hopper fishing before fall fishing takes over. 

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Recommended Flies:

#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#10 Rogue Golden
#10 Rollin' Stone Sally

#12 Spruce Moth
#12 CDC Spruce Moth
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Purple Rooster
#14 Purple Haze
#16 PMD Comparadun
#18 Trico Comparadun
#18 trico Spinner

Fred with a fantastic brown caught on the Big Hole River

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dry fly fishing on the Big Hole River has been pretty good lately. It has been so good that our guides haven't even been putting a nymph dropper below the dry fly. In the morning around 9 am you will find Spruce Moths. Then around 11 am the tricos will be filling the recipe. From 1 pm on we have been throwing hoppers with some nice success. You will find the Spruce Moth's from Jerry Creek down into the Maiden Rock Canyon. Streamers have been working well in the shallow fast riffles. The color of choice for streamers has been olive or tan lately. 

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Recommended Flies:

#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple)
#10 Rogue Golden
#10 Rollin' Stone Sally

#12 Spruce Moth
#12 CDC Spruce Moth
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#12 Purple Rooster
#14 Purple Haze
#16 PMD Comparadun
#18 Trico Comparadun
#18 trico Spinner

A Great trout landed on a trico dry fly a couple days ago on the Big Hole River

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Big Hole River has crested from the recent flooding rainstorms. The clarity remains good @ around 3 feet of visibility. Fishing should get quite good over the next few days due to the dropping water flows. We have been seeing PMD's, Green Drakes, Yellow Sallies and golden stones. Streamer fishing has also been good over the last several cloudy days. It has been a banner few months for large fish on the Big Hole.

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   Dan with a tank caught on streamer on the Big Hole River

Recommended Flies: #8 Chubby Chernobyl (UV) (Gold) (Purple) ; #10 Purple Haze; #12 Bloom's Caddis; #10 Rogue Golden; #6 Pat's Stone; #12 Silver Lightning Bug; #12 Red Copper John; #4 Smokin' Mirrors; #6 Flash minnow; #4 Little Kim Copper; #4 Sparkle Minnow 

Friday, June 08, 2018

Fishing has been excellent on the Big Hole. The Salmonflies are here and the fish are keyed into the dry flies. We Have had good dry fly fishing from above Jerry creek all the way down to the stretches below Melrose. During the heat of the day we have had the best dry fly fishing. In the morning start with a streamer or a stone fly nymph below the Salmonfly dry. You definitely want to get your flies tight to the banks and willows to tempt the fish to come to the surface. Besides the Salmonflies we have hatches of golden stones, caddis and PMD's. 

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Salmonflies on the willows in the Maiden Rock Canyon of the Big Hole today 

Recommended Flies: # Cat Puke; #4 Rogue Stone; #10 Gray Drake; #12 X Caddis; #4 Pat's Stone (Brown/Orange); #8 San Juan Worm; #6 Flash Minnow (Olive); #6 Smokin' Mirrors (Black); #6 Sparkle Minnow; #4 Little Kim; #6 Screamer (Yellow) (Olive)

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

The famous Salmonfly hatch has started on the Big Hole River. We have dropping river conditions and clarity of 4 feet on the river. Yesterday we spotted some adult salmonflies on the Big Hole River. We have been fishing #4 Pat's stones under a salmon fly  dry and the fish have been crushing the salmonfly nymph fished tight to the willows and banks. Yesterday we had a few fish looking up for the dry. We think that the hatch will progress the next few days in the Melrose area. Get ready to throw #4 dry flies and watch explosions on the surface! 

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Salomflies spotted yesterday on the Big Hole River 

Recommended Flies: # Cat Puke; #4 Rogue Stone; #10 Gray Drake; #12 X Caddis; #4 Pat's Stone (Brown/Orange); #8 San Juan Worm; #6 Flash Minnow (Olive); #6 Smokin' Mirrors (Black); #6 Sparkle Minnow; #4 Little Kim; #6 Screamer (Yellow) (Olive)

Friday, May 25, 2018

We are still dealing with high water on the Big Hole. Flows around Melrose are close to 10,000cfs. Flows on the upper Big Hole, which is where we are fishing daily are around 5,500cfs. The clarity on the upper Big Hole remains excellent @ around 2 feet. You will find hatches of caddis, march browns, ands grey drakes. The best fishing is sub-suface with streamers and san juan worms. Float fishing is not recommended below the wise river. We are floating all the stretches above the wise river. 

Stan with as trout from the Big Hole this week 

Recommended Flies: #10 Gray Drake; #12 X Caddis; #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Olive Chubby; #8 Bullet Head Skwalla; #10 Pat's Stone (Olive/Brown); #8 San Juan Worm; #6 Flash Minnow (Olive); #6 Smokin' Mirrors (Black); #6 Sparkle Minnow; #4 Little Kim; #6 Screamer (Yellow) (Olive)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The flows on the upper Big Hole are stable and the flow around Melrose are on a slight increase today. We have been fishing on the stretches above the Wise River on the Big Hole and around Melrose. Clarity is around 3 feet and the fishing has been pretty good. We have had hatches of Mother's Day Caddis on the stretches around Melrose and the upper Big Hole has had hatches of March Brown's, gray drakes, and blue winged olives. We did an evening float below Melrose last night and streamer fishing was very good. On the upper river we have been fishing streamers, worms, and some gray drake dries in the back eddies. It should be a great weekend on the Big Hole coming up! 

Sunrise Fly Shop Client Dustin with a Big Hole Brown from yesterday 

Recommended Flies: #10 Gray Drake; #12 X Caddis; #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Olive Chubby; #8 Bullet Head Skwalla; #10 Pat's Stone (Olive/Brown); #8 San Juan Worm; #6 Flash Minnow (Olive); #6 Smokin' Mirrors (Black); #6 Sparkle Minnow; #4 Little Kim; #6 Screamer (Yellow) (Olive)

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The Big Hole is coming back into fishable shape. We had a stellar day yesterday and it should continue to improve as long as the river keeps dropping. We are doing the best with streamers, san juan worms and stone fly nymphs. The weather looks stable and the river should continue to improve. We currently have 18 inches of visibility. We have not found too much for dry fly fishing. With increases in water temperatures over the next few days you should fins some hatches of March browns, skwallas and blue winged olives. 

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 Our client caught a nice brown yesterday on the Big Hole River 

Recommended Flies: #8 Mr. Beam; #10 Olive Chubby; #8 Bullet Head Skwalla; #10 Pat's Stone (Olive/Brown); #8 San Juan Worm; #16 Shop Vac; #18 Zebra Midge; #16 Psycho May (olive); #6 Flash Minnow (Olive); #6 Smokin' Mirrors (Black); #6 Sparkle Minnow; #4 Little Kim; #6 Screamer (Yellow) (Olive)