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Big Hole River Sponsored by
Date 12-Jun-18
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Conditions : Big Hole River: The bighole has been hovering around 5,900 CFS in Melrose. The rain and cold weather have bumped flows slightly and dropped water temps. Salmon flies are here, not in huge numbers yet, the colder weather yesterday and today will probably slow the hatch down slightly. Being first on the river is key for the salmonfly hatch, so get out there soon on the next few warm days, because the hatch will go just as quickly as it comes. Running a dry/dropper rig worked tight to the bank is a great way to find fish this time of year. The feeder streams are moving but they are clear. Fishing is getting better and better. The water is clear, Instead of getting dirty brown water it will get a deep tea color. Usually this is when you will begin to see the streamer bite pick up. Yellow is a color that shows up well in this water. Tan and gold has also been producing well. A good cast is the key to streamer fishing right now. The fish are tucked into the bushes on the banks. You have to be willing to lose a few flies if you head this direction. With the water on the drop, the fish will start moving back into normal holding lies in the next few days. Nymphing with stonefly patterns and a worm pattern can sometimes be the set-up that will fish all day. If the fish will not commit to the big stuff, caddis larva and blue winged olive nymphs have been producing. Mother's day caddis have also been on the move. Find some soft water and bust out the dry fly stick! Be extremely careful out this way. This river is notoriously difficult to wade and even more so at such a high flow. Additionally, if you plan to float the river make sure you know the stretch. There are a few diversion dams and nasty hydraulics and wave trains in the canyon stretchs. Stop by the shop for information on stretches that may be safer options.

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About: - The Big Hole River comes to life in the Beaverhead Mountains south of Jackson, Montana, as the outlet of Skinner Lake, elevation 7,340. Throughout the 155.6 miles it flows, the Big Hole takes on many faces. From its beginning as a small mountain stream, the Big Hole flows north to Wisdom, where it gains strength by joining with the North Fork and flows northeasterly for about 25 miles. (more on Fishing Montana's Big Hole River)
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