Big Hole Lodge wants to take you streamer fishing for monster trout and dry flies fishing in a caddis hatch in May like you’ve never seen! Montana weather isn’t like it used to be. The high mountains receive heavy snow, making summer-long fishing possible. However, the valleys are dryer these days.
Big Hole Lodge historically opened the second week of June after spring run-off. Now, they open the first week of May due to warm weather in April and early-May melts the low snow in the hills and valleys, and the river stays clear and fishable. In fact, May has become one of their favorite fishing periods!
The river flows higher so the anglers can float in drift boats further up the valley where they aren’t able to fish later in the summer. Sunny days bring out hatches of caddis, march browns, and baetis and cloudy, cold days bring on a fabulous streamer bite.
“May isn’t for the faint of heart,” says Big Hole Lodge guide Blaine Huntley, “it’s for those seeking adventure – and folks who risk possible unpredictable weather and are usually rewarded on the Big Hole in a big way. You may not catch the same numbers you can later in the summer, but the odds of hooking a true giant on a streamer are much better. And, if you’re lucky enough to hit the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch in good weather, there’s no place in the world you’d rather be for dry fly fishing.”
The guides at Big Hole will be out fishing with each other in May, of course, unless you come join them! Call Frontiers today to book your big fish Montana adventure!