The Big Hole
April to the beginning of May can have great fishing with Skwalas on warmer days and also streamer and nymph fishing. The Mother’s Day Caddis comes off the middle to end of May. The Salmon Fly hatch came off prior to the middle of June. There were many excellent days of fishing during this time period. We spend a lot of days on the Big Hole river throughout the season. During July the river fished well on dries, nymphs, and terrestrials. August was a great dry fly month for , Tricos, Hoppers, and Ants. September was a transitional month from summer to fall with few fishermen, fall colors and great fishing with Tricos, hoppers, terrestrials and nymphs. All of October was outstanding using streamers and nymph patterns. Fishing was excellent this past fall. There was a new stream flow gauge installed at Maiden Rock the winter of'07/'08. Because of the location of this new gauge there is no question that the Big Hole will remain open throughout the season from Dickie Bridge to Melrose. This is the most productive section of the river. The Big Hole river has improvements at several fishing access sites along the river. The diversion dam above Divide has also been improved. .
In April and early May there is excellent fishing due mainly to strong Caddis and Blue Wing Olive Mayfly hatches, and small nymphs. The secret is still not out about the great early spring fishing. Early June has outstanding nymph fishing with fewer anglers than later in the month when the PMD's and Yellow Sally hatches started. July has great dry fly fishing with Yellow Sallies continuing throughout the month and great nymph fishing. In August the fishing pressure slows down and anglers have Tricos, hoppers, terrestrials and nymph fishing. Near the end of August the Crane Fly hatch begins and continues into September when you can also have hopper and nymph fishing. In October the Browns start to spawn and the fish get more aggressive. The Beaverhead is a tailwater fishery. It is known as a fish producing factory due to its nutrient rich waters. Beaverhead River is one of Montana's premier brown trout fishing rivers, producing more large trout, particularly brown trout, than any other river in the state." The local FWP fisheries biologist, Matt Yeager, is working hard on some great innovative projects on the Beaverhead River to further enhance one of the best wild trout fisheries in the country.
The Madison had great spring fishing near Varney with a heavy midge hatch, and some Blue Wing Olives and March Browns. However, nymph fishing is the most productive method to catch numbers of fish. The fish are healthy and stout having come through the winter well. April fishing is some of the best of the season due to few people and willing fish. We filmed a segment on Madison Spring Fishing for the Outdoor Channel Familiar Waters with Mike Pawlawski. The middle to end of June often sees high water. The Salmon Fly Hatch comes off towards the end of June. The Caddis hatch is heavy after that throughout July and early August. Then hoppers and terrestrials kick-in for August and September. Streamer fishing picks up in October.
The Ruby is always a star in the spring before the irrigation season. Nymphs always work, with some excellent Blue Wing Olive and Caddis hatches in the early spring.
We are having a busy Season. Our loyal return cliental are already firmly ensconced in the books for the new year. All of us at Backcountry Angler join in expressing our appreciation and thank-you for your continued friendship and patronage. It is because of you that our season was a great success.
Time has a way of passing so quickly that we sometimes loose track of our priorities in life. If you have any inkling of fishing the Dillon area make sure we get you in the loop and on the books now. We are very fortunate to have many rivers to chose from thereby having a fishing season that goes from end of April through October. We are presently full during certain time periods for the upcoming season but we can always fit you in if you are somewhat flexible on your dates.