Southwest Montana’s winter started slow, but the mountains surrounding the Big Hole, Beaverhead and Missouri watersheds caught up to 100% last month. Big Hole Lodge anticipates a great season - the fish are in fabulous shape after last summer’s high water levels and now set up nicely for water this year.
There are a few cabins still available, but we encourage you to call soon as they’re going fast.
May is all about searching for a trophy fish. Guides are currently tying baby brown trout imitations and stonefly patterns. Starting Mother’s Day, caddis, blue winged olives and stoneflies can be seen (weather permitting).
In early June, the streamer fishing is still quite good, but the focus is more on dry/dropper or single large dry flies as the salmon flies, golden stones, yellow sally's, green drakes, brown drakes, and caddis show up.
August starts the famous trico hatch with #16 dry flies all morning and then spruce moths, nocturnal stoneflies and terrestrials like ants, beetles, and hoppers all afternoon.
September clients sleep in a bit later and fish with adams for the trico and blue-winged olives hatches through the heat of the day and then search riffles with mahogany duns and terrestrials into the evening.
October is time to rig the streamer rod again with unweighted attractors, but keep the dry fly rod close by with blue-winged olives and mahogany duns appearing as soon as the water warms up.
Below is the current availability in the following weeks.
Streamers, Stoneflies, Caddis
· May 19 - 25
· May 26 - June 1
· June 2 - 8
· June 9 - 15
Tricos and Terrestrials
· August 11 - 17
· August 18 - 24
· August 25 - 31
· September 1 - 7
Terrestrials, BWO’s, light-weight streamers
· September 8 - 14
· September 15 - 21
· September 22 - 28
· September 29 - October 5
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