Login   -  Sign up (free)    
Destinations
Pictures
Blogs
Businesses
Members
Descriptions
Nearby
Pictures
Questions
Ratings
Reports
Videos
Widgets
 
 

Fly Fishing the Big Hole River in Montana

Excellent
5 out of 5 (4 ratings)

Big Hole River summary

Big Hole River is a fly fishing location in Montana. This destination has an elevation of approximately 4610 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Big Hole River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).
                   

Big Hole River reports

David Smith (troutmonkey) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Great time to be on the Big Hole! Fished yesterday from Salmonfly to Divide with about 20 fish landed all on a size 8 mottled green and brown skwala stone.

Mostly browns and big whitefish at Salmonfly, with bows at Maidenrock and Divide. The fishing will only get better right up until runoff. The hatch is still a week or maybe 2 away.

Get out and fish the skwala hatch! (03/27/10)
David Smith (troutmonkey) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Fished the Bighole on Thursday this past week. The flows were BIG approaching 4500. That's way too big for wading and since we didn't have a boat we really had to work to get into fish. If you're going down without a boat and the flows are still up go up to Divide and drive past the first boat launch. You'll see a silver bridge on the right side about 1 mile up. Stop there and fish the rock bank all the way up. There's even a trail beneath the telephone lines. WATCH OUT FOR RATTLESNAKES! My friend Dan narrowly missed a bite.

The fishing itself was not easy. The fish are tight to the banks and in the seems. Adult salmonfly patterns were not really an option after noon. I picked up a small brown on one and then nothing for 2 hrs. When I switched to stone nymphs in purple, olive and brown I was able to pick up quite a few fish. landed 6 on the day which according to the people I talked to that floated was actually pretty good. I even picked up a few gray
ling on yellow stones, which are out in big numbers.

Look for the fishing to improve this week especially if the flows drop and temps warm. The egg layers have not gotten out yet.

I recommed the Beaverhead if you don't want to fill your waders. The PMD nymph fishing was great near the dam in sizes 18 - 20. (06/21/09)
View all  |  Add trip report

Big Hole River descriptions

RICARDO J. BACA (SSMOKEEJOE@AOL.COM) wrote - I FIND THIS WATER TO BE GREAT FOR THE BEGINNER, IT IS BIG, AND RELATIVELY EASY TO FISH, GREAT TO FLOAT, BUT MUST GET TO THE RIVER EARLY BEFORE RUN OFF, OR AFTER, GREAT HATCHES, MY FAV AREA IS AROUND "BROWNS BRIDGE". (06/27/10)
Jack C. Mauer (Wapiti) wrote - The Big Hole River and its commercially permitted waters are another angling option for Wapiti Waters clients. This Missouri headwaters stream flows through geologically complex southwestern Montana. This is evident in how it changes direction as it flows from northeast to southeast in somewhat of an arc, one of the truly scenic rivers in the west. Its pristine tea-colored waters arise from the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness and the Pioneer Mountains just on the opposite side of the Bitterroot Continental Divide. This is a higher elevation river than the Bitterroot or Blackfoot and it has a bit shorter “growing season” as well. However, within these sacred, productive waters are good populations of brown and rainbow trout. The Big Hole River is also the last bastion of the Arctic fluvial grayling. The hatches of aquatic insects, particularly caddis and mayflies can be phenomenal. Mosquitoes have a good reputation along the upper Big Hole as well! Low summer flows have in recent years led to some angling restrictions. Float-fishing after mid July can be sketchy. Despite this, the Big Hole is a river that gets into your sole. It offers some truly sublime angling for the dry fly purist and great “underneath” fishing for the nymph, wet fly, or streamer enthusiast. Once visited, one will always yearn to return to it season after season. (08/22/08)
Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - The Big Hole River is located in Southwestern Montana and contains trophy size rainbows and browns. Fly anglers can also catch cutthroat trout, brook trout, and grayling. The Big Hole has a very nice salmon fly hatch which occurs between late May and late June. Fly anglers love fishing this hatch as it brings huge trout to the surface. (08/07/08)
View all fly fishing destination descriptions  |  Add destination description

Big Hole River businesses

Legend:
Shop Guide Service Lodge School (Classes) Travel Rods Manufacturer
Lodge Gallatin River Lodge
9105 Thorpe Rd
Bozeman, Montana
Montana Angler Fly Fishing Guides
76 Lucille Lane
Bozeman, Montana
Guide Service Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures
870 Sleeping Child Rd.
Hamilton , Montana
Guide Service Montana Fishing Outfitters
716 N. Warren
Helena, Montana
Guide Service Gallatin River Lodge Guide Service
9105 Thorpe Rd
Bozeman, Montana
Guide Service Jack C. Mauer
516 Chickadee Lane
Victor, Montana
Guide Service Triple-M-Outfitters
PO Box 64 , 5Priddy Ln
Dixon, Montana
Dry Fly Innovations
383 W Bloomington Dr
Meridian, Idaho
Osprey Oufitters Guide Service & Fly Shop
1963 North 1st Street
Hamilton, Montana
Montana Troutfitters
1716 West Main Street
Bozeman, Montana
Contact these businesses  |   Add business

Big Hole River comments and ratings

Login to interact
2 comments
Andy Idema (aidema)
Have yet to fish it... want to add it to the list. That brown by Jerry is nice. (1/31/13)

Big Hole River questions and answers

Login to ask/answer questions
No questions have been asked yet.

Member videos of the Big Hole River

No videos have been posted yet.
Add your videos

Big Hole River map

Fly fishing destination = destination Fly fishing business = business

Not a FFC member?

Big Hole River pictures







Add picture

Big Hole River weather

Weather service currently unavailable.

Big Hole River a favorite of...

No members have added this destination as a favorite.

Near the Big Hole River...

Nearby destinations

Beaverhead River, Montana 0 miles away | Rating: 3
Ennis Lake, Montana 33 miles away
Jefferson River, Montana 46 miles away
Madison River, Montana 48 miles away | Rating: 5
Clark Fork River, Montana 48 miles away | Rating: 4
Gallatin River, Montana 49 miles away

Nearby cities

Silver Star, Montana 6 miles away
Twin Bridges, Montana 10 miles away
Sheridan, Montana 13 miles away
Melrose, Montana 17 miles away
Glen, Montana 18 miles away
Whitehall, Montana 21 miles away
Pony, Montana 22 miles away
Alder, Montana 22 miles away
Cardwell, Montana 23 miles away
Divide, Montana 24 miles away

Visiting the Big Hole River?

 
 
© 2008 - 2015 FlyFishingCommunity.com - All rights reserved. Questions/Comments? Click here.