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04/14/19 The river is getting in good shape and getting slightly warmer each day. Most all the
slush is gone and lots of the bank ice and snow is melted. The water is still cold but hatchies of
Skwala stones, Midges and little BWOs are taking place. .
03/17/19 The river has lots of slush ice in the water even in the lower elevations but this coming
week should help that a lot. It is going to be much warmer.
03/10/19 It will be warming up just a little this coming week with less snow in the forecast. Maybe
that will get rid of some of the slush ice.
03/03/19 The river is extremely cold in all sections with lots of slush ice, tons of bank snow and ice
and some shelf ice. It is just too cold to fish.
02/22/19 We recommend fishing a nearby tailwater. The Big Hole is just to cold even at the lowest
elevation of the river.
02/15/19 The water is barely above freezing even in the lower elevations. Midges are hatching but
fishing will be tough. Hopefully, some ice will be melting this week. It will be a little warmer.
02/08/19 Still no reports. The weather and water is just too cold with lots of slush ice even in the
lower elevations. Check back with us soon.
02/01/19 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing. The weather has been brutal the past
week and we assume that's the reason.
12/26/18 The lowest section of the river can be fished successfully. Midges and Winter stoneflies
11/21/18 There is some slush ice in parts of the river but most of the lower section is in good
10/2618 The stream levels are down to good levels and trout are being caught in the middle an
lower sections of the river.
10/09/18 The stream is flowing higher than normal, a little too high to wade in most places. There
are still some hatches taking place in spite of the much colder weather.
11/02/18 The river is still in great shape. We continue to get good reports. All sections have good
water levels. The weather is turning colder and there's snow forecast some days. This should only
help the conditions.
10/13/15 Several nice size brown trout have been caught. Some are spawning and others building
redds. October caddis are still hatching good and some guys are having a ball catching them on
the surface feeding on egg layers. This is a freestone stream and its water temperature is
controlled purely by the air temperature. Anglers are catching trout from the headwaters to the
lower section of the river.
10/20/15 October Caddis are at the peak of their hatch and bringing trout to the surface of the
water to feed on the female egg layers. Brown trout are either spawning or in the pre-spawn stage
and very territorial and aggressive. Blue-winged olives have started to hatch again and trout can
still be taken n the surface at times. You have the entire river to yourself, so why wait.
11/03/15 We had begin to think the Big Hole would never cool down but when it does, it does a
good job of it. Winter storm warning are out for the next three days. Brown sculpin streamers have
been catching some very big brown trout and should continue to do so. Blue-winged olives and
midges will represent the majority of the hatches for a few weeks.
11/10/15 You won't need the net Angie is wearing over her head in the above photo. The weather
has turned cold in the Big Hole Valley. We recommend fishing the lower sections of the river.
Blue-winged olives and Midges will be the only aquatic insects hatching for the next several days.
The Brown Sculpin Streamer should continue to be a top fly to use.
11/10/15 If you go fishing this coming week, you may want to wear your long handle underwear. It
is cold and snowing. The air temperature at the point we show the weather in the fishing report
above, isn't going above freezing this coming week. If you are brave enough to fish, head for the
lowest elevation trout live in the Big Hole River.
11/17/15 There's a winter storm warning in effect through turkey day in Big Hole country. That's
almost normal for the locals. It will clear after Thursday and the trout will be eating midges like
elephants eat peanuts. Fish them larva and pupa in tandem. The Brown Sculpin fly will still get you
some big post-spawn brown trout.
12/01/15 The Big Hole is warming back up a little from the deep freeze. Fish the lower end of the
river and you should catch some trout. Midges are the only feasible options. Fish the larva and
pupa in tandem with the pupa the top fly and the larva the bottom. The Brown sculpin streamer
should still work good. There is some snow in the forecast later in the week.
12/01/15 Lots of rain and snow is in the forecast but the temperature not that cold. The lower end
of the river will have water temperatures ranging form 39 to 43 degrees. Midges will the the most
important insects to imitate and that will probably remain that way for another month or two. Don't
forget the Brown Sculpin. It has been catching some big brown trout.
12/08/15 Lots of rain and snow is in the forecast but the temperature not that cold. The lower end
of the river will have water temperatures ranging form 39 to 43 degrees. Midges will the the most
important insects to imitate and that will probably remain that way for another month or two. Don't
forget the Brown Sculpin. It has been catching some big brown trout.
12/15/15 It is cold in Big Hole country but the weather is going to warm back up some by the
weekend. Fishing this river this week isn't a great option. There is a lot of ice on the water and
around the banks. You may want to choose a nearby tailwater. If you do fish, midges and Winter
stonefly nymphs would be your best fly options.
12/22/15 You won't need a bug net to fish this coming week. You will need a big coat. It is cold in
the Big Hole Valley. Fish the lowest section of the river is you dare brave the elements. MIdges
and Winter stonefly nymph are the only flies you will need. The warmest water is about 37
degrees, so fish water that is still to slow. Trout won't hold in fast water at this temperature.
12/29/15 As mentioned in the attached report, don't forget that the Big Hole River is a pure
freestone stream and its water temperature is controlled by the air temperature. Right now, that
means it is cold with lots of ice around the banks. Fish the lowest section of the river, if you insist.
You would be better off to fish a nearby tailwater.
01/05/16 It is possible to catch trout from the Big Hole River in January. You're best odds will come
from fishing the lowest section of water in the river. The lower the elevation, the warmer the water.
Midges, winter stoneflies and the White Belly Sculpin are the flies you need to do it. It is going to
be a little warmer this week than the previous one.
01/12/16 There is a chance of snow every day for the next week but it is actually a little warmer
than last week. The water is slightly stained in most sections. That makes fishing the Brown and
White Belly sculpin a good choice. Fish the lowest section of the river for the warmest water.
Midges and the Winter stonefly nymphs are the other flies we recommend.
01/19/16 We hate giving lousy fishing reports but in the middle of January in one of the coldest
parts of the state of Montana, we have little choice. The water is just above freezing to about 37
degrees at the warmest. You can catch trout on midges and yes, even on the surface when the
midge clutter up but all in all, it is slow fishing.
01/26/16 Last week, we recommended fishing somewhere else. Tailwaters have much warmer
water. We hate doing that but it is possible to catch trout in water in the 36 degree range. You do
have to fish slow to still current in holes in the bottom, deep pockets and other areas where trout
hold. They won't hold in much current in water this cold.
02/02/16 The Big Hole water temperature doesn't exceed 36 degrees anywhere from top to
bottom. That makes it tough to catch trout. We are not saying it is impossible, but we are saying
you would probably have a better chance on any bottom discharge tailwater. If you fish the Big
Hole, use Cream or Red midges.
02/09/16 Don't pull out your bathing suits but it will be a little warmer in Big Hole Country this
coming week. The water temperature will change very little, if any, but it will be more comfortable
for those willing to fish. Midges is by far the best option and they are hatching. The Creams and
red midges (blood midges) are the ones to imitate
02/16/16 It is gradually getting a little warmer in Big Hole Country but remember, it is smack in the
middle of Winter. There will be a lot of melting snow but more coming by Wednesday. If you fish,
fish the very lowest sections using cream or red midge larva and pupa. They are hatching and you
should also have some adult midge patterns handy. .
02/23/16 The Big Hole is cold even though the weather warmed up some. The warmer air is
melting snow in the watershed, keeping the water temperature down and it highly stained. The
only feasible option is to fish midges in the lowest section of the river out of the main current in
holes in the bottom. Cream and red midges are both hatching.
03/01/16 You can catch trout in the lower section of the river but quite frankly, you are much
better off fishing a tailwater. The weatehr is nice and warm but that tends to melt snow and ice and
keep the water cold and stained. Streamers fished in the slack water is a good option for those
who want to give it a try. It does beat sitting on the couch.
03/08/16 The Big Hole river is a freestone stream from top to bottom and is currently running high
and cold. It is unlikely to come down any this coming week because there is a lot of rain and snow
in the forecast. The water is staying cold due to melting snow. Streamers would be about the only
good fly option but fishing the high water will be tough.
03/15/16 There isn't much opportunity for fly fishing the Big Hole at this time. The stream is flowing
very high and the water almost ice cold. It is ice where it is still. You will do much better selecting a
tailwater in this section of Montana. It is back to normal wintertime conditions in Big Hole country.
03/22/16 The Big Hole continues to live up to its reputation as one of the coldest spots in
Montana. There is a chance of snow every day but this coming weekend. There is little to now real
opportunity to fly fish with any success. If you do, fish the lower river with midge larvae and pupae
03/29/16 The Big Hole is one of the coldest rivers in this part of Montana but it is acting like any
other stream this early season. Midges are hatching and the water mostly all clear of ice. The
lower section is up to the high thirties and low forties. Fish the lowest section using midge larva
and pupa in tandem, and you stand a good chance of catching some trout.
04/05/16 The Big Hole river is high and stained from some rain and melting snow. It is going gto be
warm this coming week. The only thing that may work good before the water falls back down is our
Sculpin streamers. Work them in the slow water out of the fast currents and near the bottom.
04/12/16 The Big Hole is currently blown out and there is more rain and snow coming through
Friday. It will take a while to clear back up. The White Belly sculpin is a good fly to go to when the
water is high and dingy, but you will need to wait until the first of next week for that.
04/19/16 The Big Hole river is still very high and highly stained from melting snow runoff. It is going
to be very warm this coming week and this is likely to continue. To be rather blunt, the river isn't
worth fishing until the levels drop and the water clears. The water is still in the low to mid forties.
04/26/16 Last week's warm weather and this weeks predicted amount of rain will keep the Big Hole
blown out for a few more days. It is muddy and not worth fishing at this time. The situation isn't all
bad. It will help the river get into good shape sooner than normal. When it clears, it will be mostly
midges and blue-winged olives until the water get up to near 50 degrees.
05/03/16 The Big Hole is getting into better shape but still high and cold. The Mother's Day caddis
hatch is usually the first major hatch other than the little Blue-winged olives and Midges that are
currently hatching. There isn't much opportunity as long as the water is high and stained, but if
you do fish, use streamers. Sculpin patters work the best.
05/10/16 High and dirty water exist throughout the watershed and it is likely will continue that way
for the coming week. Little to no opportunity exist on the Big Hole under these conditions. There is
more rain coming and chances are good the river will remain high for the next week. You will just
have to watch the levels.
05/17/16 The river is down from last week but still high and stained. There is a chance of rain
every day for the coming week, so the situation isn't likely to get much better. You can catch trout
on streamers but you can't wade safely in most places. The lower section and a drift boat would be
the best option.
05/24/16 The Big Hole is in the full runoff mode, high and muddy. There is no fly fishing
opportunity and want be for the next several days. You should just keep checking with us and we
will let you know when there is a chance to catch some trout.
05/31/16 The stream levels actually feel down a lot but they are unlikely to stay there. The cooler
weather slowed it but the warmer weather forecast for the coming week, may put the levels back
up again. You will just have to keep checking them. It is the time of the year for the runoff.
06/07/16 The stream levels are high but it isn't blown out. It could be fished from a drift boat but
we don't think it is worth it at this time. There are some Salmonflies hatching in the lower river
along with some caddis, but again, the water is high and dingy and likely o get higher. There is a
lot of rain and more runoff water coming.
06/14/16 The Big Hole is in very good shape, considering the time of the season. This is normally
the middle of the runoff time. Although it appears it is over, rest assured it isn't. We do think it will
end earlier than normal though. Meantime, the stream levels are down and you can fish the river.
The water is still stained in some areas but otherwise, in good shape.
06/20/16 The Big Hole has straightened up fast. The stream levels are way down from the past
week and the water mostly clear. There are a lot of insects starting to hatch and more are sure to
start soon. We haven't received any reports lately but we will be getting some this coming week.
We have some customers that are going to this week The weather forecast looks good.
06/27/16 The river has gotten into good shape this past week, with much better stream flows and
water levels. The water is mostly clear from the headwaters to the lower end of the river. Our
customers reported catching some nice trout this past weekend. There are a lot of insects
hatching including the big Salmonflies, Golden stones and several mayflies and caddisflies.
07/05/16 The river has gotten into great shape for the first of July. The stream levels are down
and the water is clear. Anglers can wade many sections. There are a lot of insects hatching
including the big salmonflies, Golden stones, Little Yellow stones, Green drakes, Yellow Quills and
three species of caddisflies. It is a very good time to be fishing the river.
07/19/16 The river is in good shape top to bottom. The headwaters will produce a lot of smaller
trout for you. The middle and lower sections are the best sections to fish right now. The stream
levels are way down and wading easy most places. Thee is little rain in the forecast. The big hole
valley section poses a threat for those who don't get along with misquotes.
07/26/16 This river is truly diverse, with about every type of water that holds trout. It is in good
shape from the small headwater streams through the Big Hole Valley, canyon and lowest section.
Lots of insects are hatching and our customers are sending in some very good reports. The water
levels are good for wading and the weather forecast shouldn't change anything.
08/02/16 The upper and middle sections of the river are the preferred sections right now. Hoot
Owl restrictions are in place.The weather has been very warm and parts of the lower river have
been getting up into the sixties. Fish early and very late in the day. The last two or three hours of
daylight has been the best time to catch a lot of trout in a short time. Egg laying caddis are
bringing fish to the surface to feed.
08/09/16 Hoot Owl restrictions are still in place. The water is getting warm in the afternoons. Fish
the upper and middle sections. They are warmer than the lowest section of the river. Sculpin
streamers have been working good in the early mornings for our customers. Hopefully, the
restrictions will end soon.
08/16/16 It shouldn't last much longer but as of now, the Hoot Owl restrictions are still in place.
The water is getting too warm to fish during in the afternoons. We recommend fishing the
uppermost and middle sections of the river. The lower section is too warm. Our customers are
doing good with Matuka Sculpin streamers in the early mornings. There are lots of caddisflies
hatching, Tricos, and others.
08/30/16 There is a mandatory 24 Hour Drought Closure effective 8/4/2016, from Maiden Rock
FAS to Notch Bottom FAS. (8/4/2016)
A Mandatory 24 Hour Drought Closure effective 8/1/2016 from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner
Meadows Road to North Fork Big Hole River Mouth. There's a mandatory 24 Hour Drought
Closure effective 8/1/2016 from Notch Bottom FAS to Confluence with the Beaverhead River.
09/06/16 There are mandatory 24 hour closings on the Big Hole river from Big Hole River from
Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to North Fork Big Hole River . Also, Big Hole River
from Notch Bottom FAS to Confluence with the Beaverhead River. Also, Maiden Rock FAS to
Notch Bottom FAS. (8/4/2016)
09/13/16 The river has several mandatory drought closings. The Big Hole River from Saginaw
Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to North Fork Big Hole River Mouth is under a mandatory 24
Hour Drought Closure. The Big Hole River from Notch Bottom FAS to Confluence with the
Beaverhead River and Maiden Rock FAS to Notch Bottom.
09/27/16 Big Hole River from Notch Bottom FAS to Confluence with the Beaverhead River is still
closed. Big Hole River from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to North Fork Big Hole
River is still closed Stream levels are about normal, the weather much cooler and lots of hatches
taking place. Brown trout are getting into the love mode and becoming aggressive.
10/04/16 The Big Hole is not going to have any more warm water problems. It is turning cold fast
and the water is getting cold fast. Streamers are catching some big brown trout as they are going
into the full mode spawn soon. We recommend the Brown sculpin and Black Matukda sculpin.
Spawning trout hate sculpin because they eat their eggs.
10/11/16 Great conditions exist in the Big Hole in all sections of the river. It is cold in the
uppermost parts but we are getting some great reports fo trout caught in the middle and lower
sections. There are some good Blue-winged olives hatches along with some Mahogany duns and
October caddis. There is some rain in the forecast but for now the stream levels are good,.
10/27/16 The stream levels are still in good shape, flowing just a little above normal. There is a lot
of rain inthe forecast it only averages about a 50% chance most days. The levels could go up, so
make sure yoou check it. There are some very large Blue-winged olive hatches taking place.
Brown trout are in the pre-spawn stage..
11/03/16 The river is still flowing high with little to no wading opportunity. It is falling and should be
back down soon. There is little to no rain in the forecast for the coming week. Blue-winged olives
and midges are hatching good. Sculpin streamers are your best fly options at this time. Most of the
brown trout are in the post-spawn stage.
11/10/16 Stream levels were high all last week but back down near normal now. Conditions are
good but there is more rain or snow in the forecast the first of next week. Blue-winged olives are
hatching good. Cream midges are hatching. We still think the best big fish opportunity would come
from fishing one of the Perfect Fly Matuka sculpin streamers.
11/17/16 Remember that there is a big difference in the air temperature in the upper part of the
river versus the lower sections. The Big Hole valley can get very cold. The weather is turning
colder and the lower sections are generally the best. There are some very good Blue-winged
olives hatches taking place along with cream midges.
11/24/16 The river is getting cold in the upper sections. We recommend fishing the middle and
lower sections. The flows are just a little above normal levels. Midges, both creams and reds, or
blood midges, are the main insects to imitate. There are a few Blue-winged olives hatching. The
cloud cover should help them be more intense. The Brown sculpin also is working good.
12/01/16 I wouldn't consider fishing the upper or middle sections of the river if I were you. The
water temperature is averaging in the mid thirties. The lower section is little warmer and midges
are hatching good. Winter stoneflies are starting to hatch. The sculpin streamers like the Brown
and White Belly sculpin will still catch the larger trout.
12/08/16 This is a freestone river and that means the water temperature is going to always be
close to the average air temperature. The air temperature isn't going above freezing this coming
week. We do not recommend fishing. I would select a nearby tailwater and wait for better
conditions. There is snow forecast everyday next week.
12/22/16 The river is in good shape stream level wise but very cold. The weather isn't going above
freezing this coming week and the water temperature won't exceed 35 or 36 degrees anywhere. It
is possible to catch trout on midges in the lower section of the river, but it will be a little tough. Fish
Red and Cream midges, with the larva and pupa in tandem.
12/29/16 The water is warmest in the lowest section of the Big Hole river and it is 33 to 34 degrees
with lots of ice along the banks and slush ice in the water. The high air temperature this coming
week is forecast to be only 25 degrees. We don't think it is a good idea to fish until it warms up a
01/05/17 The Big Hole is not worth fishing in the middle or upper sections due to a lot of ice. The
lower river is also very cold, with water temperatures only reaching about 35 degrees. You can
catch trout on midges at those temperatures sometimes. Creams and Reds are hatching. If there
are midge clusters, they will feed on them. Use the adult imitations for that.
01/12/17 The Big Hole River is one of the coldest streams in Southeastern Montana. It is a pure
freestone stream and its water temperature is subject purely to the weather. There is a lof of ice in
the middle and upper sections and ice along the banks and some slush ice in the lower section of
the river. The water is only 32 to 33 degrees. We do not recommend fishing under these
01/19/17 The Big Hole is cold. The lowest section of the freestone stream has a lot of ice in it. The
water temperature is barely above freezing. There is little to no opportunity to catch trout under
these conditions. We suggest you choose a nearby tailwater or wait until there is a little warmer
02/02/17 The stream levels are fine right now but the water is very cold even in the lowest section
of the river. There is slush ice and shelf ice and with the water barely above the freezing level. It is
possible to catch trout on Midges in water this cold, but we don't recommend fishing under these
circumstances. The is heavy snow forecast everyday this coming week.
02/16/17 Sorry for not making a post this past week. You didn't miss much. The weather has been
warmer and a lot of the snow and ice has melted but that has the water stained and keeping it
cold. It is barely above freezing even in the lowest section. There is more rain and snow forecast
this coming week.
02/23/17 The warm weather week before last was nice but it is back cold as a well digger's hehind.
There is deep snow on the banks and slush ice in the water. There is shelf ice in some section.
We do not recommend fishing under these conditions. The highest air temperature this coming
week will only be 22 degrees. There is snow forecast everyday.
03/09/17 The river is running a little high and it is stained from melting snow and ice as well as
rain. The weather is warmer and there is rain or snow forecast everyday for the coming week. The
high levels and stained water is likely to continue. Fish the Sculpin Streamers like the Black or
Olive Matuka sculpin. Midges are the only insects hatching.
03/16/17 The river is blown out or flowing extremely high. This situation will take a few days to
clear up. Rain and warm weather has contributed to the runoff of melting snow and ice. All you can
do is check back with us and watch the stream levels. The water is ranging from muddy to heavily
04/13/17 The stream levels are still very high and the water muddy. It is too high to wade safely in
any section. We don't recommend it even for drift boats in the lower river due to the muddy, highly
stained water. All you can do is check back with us often and check the levels.
04/28/17 The Big Hole is down and in good shape with stream levels that are safe to wade and
clear water. There are some hatches taking place, mostly little Blue-winged olives and some
Skwala and little Brown stoneflies. The water is warmest in the lower river but the middle section is
in good shape as well.
05/1817 The Big Hole is rolling high and fast as well as dirty. Stream levels are way up and likely
to be very high for the next several days or more. This is due to runoff and lots of rain and snow.
There is rain/snow forecast everyday this coming week. All you can do is stay in touch. We will
keep you informed as to the conditions.
07/03/17 The runoff is still underway and the stream levels are very high and highly stained to
muddy in all sections. To be short, it isn't worth fishing under these conditions. All you can do is to
stay in touch. We will keep you informed. You can send us an email and let us help you plan that
next Big Hole trip.
07/20/17 The river is in very good shape in all sections. Wading is safe and easy in most places.
There are lots of insects hatching but keep in mind they vary from section to section. We received
two very good reports from customers this past week. We recommend the canyon and lower
sections at this time. The lowest section may be getting a little warm.
07/28/17 The river is in good shape in the middle and uppermost sections. The water in the Big
Hole valley is getting too warm as well as the water in the lower section of the river. The canyon
section is fishing best at this time. There are still plenty of hatches but they vary with the section of
the river. The stream levels are running a little below normal.
08/03/17 There is little rain in the forecast this coming week. It will be mostly clear skies. The
stream levels are running a little below normal. Wading is safe and easy about anywhere. The
lower section of the river and the Big hole valley section is getting a little too warm., but otherwise
the river is in good shape.
08/19/17 The upper river is in good shape. This includes the head waters down to the Big Hole
valley. The valley section is a little too warm. The canyon sections are okay and the very bottom
section is again too warm to fish. There are still plenty of insects hatching but they vary greatly
with the section you are fishing.
08/17/17 The headwater are in good shape and fun to fish. We don't recommend fishing in the big
valley. The canyon sections are in good shape. The Hoot Owl restrictions for the lower river have
been removed. There are still plenty of hatches taking place but they vary with the section.
08/26/17 The stream levels are a little low but in good condition otherwise. The cool nights are
helping to keep the water temperature down. We had two good reports from customers fishing this
past week. There are still some nice hatches taking place and some nice trout being caught. .
09/07/17 stream levels are low in all sections but otherwise, in good shape. Avoid fishing the lower
section. There are still some good hatches taking place and imitations of terrestrials are also
working good - Carpenter ants, Japanese beetles and hoppers.
09/28/17 The river is in good shape and should be getting much better soon. The weather is
much cooler and there is a chance of rain an snow everyday for the next week. Our customers
sent in two good reports very recently. The streasm levels are up to the normal level.
10/05/17 The river is in good shape. The stream levels are a little high and caution should be
used wading some sections. There are a lot of hatches taking place for early fall. October Caddis,
Mahogany duns, Blue-winged olives and midges are hatching. This coming week should be a
good one. Few anglers are fishing.
10/12/17 All sections of the river are in good shape, but the upper sections are getting a little cold.
We recommend fishing the middle and lower sections. Stream levels are just a little above normal
levels and can be waded with caution. There are still plenty of BWOs and October caddis hatching.
10/19/17 The river is in decent shape in all sections but we recommend fishing the middle and
lower sections. Blue-winged olives and Cream and Red midges are hatching. We received one
good report from a customer this past week. Sculpin streamers are catching the larger trout.
10/27/17 The stream levels are a little above normal and in good shape except the water
temperature is much lower. It is in the high thirties in he upper elevations. Midges and Blue-winged
olives will be about the only insects hatching.
11/02/17 The weather and water are much colder. There may be some opportunity in the lower
end of the river. Midges and Blue-winged olives are the only insects that will be hatching. Fish the
Cream midge larva and pupa rigged in tandem for the best results.
11/18/17 Big Hole is cold. The very lowest elevation sections of the river are in the high thirties
water temperature wise. Midges and little Blue-winged olives are the only insects hatching. We
didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing the river this past week. There is rain and snow
forecast everyday this coming week.
11/25/17 The water temperature is down to 33 degrees. The stream levels are high, too high to
wade anywhere. The water is also stained badly with a chance of snow everyday this coming
week. We recommend you fish a nearby tailwater until conditions improve.
12/09/17 Stream levels are down to normal levels. Fish the lowest elevations. Water temperature
in the lover is near the freezing mark or about 32 to 35 degrees. Midges are the only hatches -
creams and reds or blood midges.
12/23/17 The water is near freezing with lots of ice. We recommend fishing a nearby tailwater until
it warms up a little.
01/19/18 You might do okay fishing the lowest end of the river. It is warming up a little and there
shouldn't be any slush ice in the water there. Midges, creams and reds or blood midges and
Winter stoneflies are hatching good.
02/02/18 Snow is forecast everyday again and the launch ramps not accessible most of the time.
The lower section of the river is the warmest and it is only 34-36 degrees. Midges and Winter
stoneflies are hatching.
02/09/18 We recommend fishing a nearby tailwater. The Big Hole is very cold with lots of slush ice
in the water.
02/16/18 The river is cold, very cold in all sections, with lots of slush ice, and some shelf ice in
slow water areas.
02/23/18 The river is still too cold to fish in any section. It is possible to catch trout on midge where
there isn't any ice, but it probably won't be something highly productive.
03/02/18 The river is a little better shape than it has been. The lower section has lots of midges
hatching. Cream, reds and light greens are hatching. Rig the larva and pupa in tandem. Winter
stoneflies are still hatching.
03/09/18 Conditions continue to improve some, but the water is still very cold. The lower section of
the river could be fished with midges and Winter stoneflies as well as Skwala stoneflies. There is
little to no slush ice in the water and the weather looks good this coming week.
03/09/18 Conditions are much better this week. It is still very cold water even in the lower
elevation, but midges, Skwala and Winter stoneflies are providing some action for the few anglers
fishing. The water is mostly clear of ice and around 39 degrees.
03/16/18 The discharges and stream levels are up a good bit to the point we don't recommend
making a destination trip to fish it. There are some trout being caught, but nothing you would want
to write home about. Midges, creams and light greens, are hatching good. Little BWOs are
hatching. Skwala stoneflies are hatching.
03/23/18 The water temperature was rising fast and getting in the mid forties but the weather is
back to the normal cold weather and it is surely to fall back into the high thirties. Midges, creams
and light greens, and stoneflies, Winter and Skwalas, are hatching.
03/30/18 The water is colder than last week but should warm back up some this coming week.
There is snow forecast everyday for the coming week, but the highs will be a little warmer.
04/07/18 The past week has been a cold one. The trout and insects have slowed down to a crawl.
The coming week should raise the water temperature back to around 40 and the fly fishing
opportunity should improve.
04/14/18 The stream levels are down to normal flows and levels. The weather still remain very cold
with snow most days. There are midges, blue-winged olives, and March Browns hatching. Fish the
lowest section of the river.
04/21/18 The Big Hole is flowing a little high and stained from melting snow. The water
temperature is up to fifty degrees in the lower river. There are some good hatches starting to take
place - mostly Blue-winged olives and March Browns. There are some little Black Caddis starting
04/28/18 The river is flowing very high and there is rain and snow forecast through Wednesday. It
is likely not going to be fishable this coming week. All you can do is check back with us and get the
stream level conditions.
05/05/18 The stream levels are still very high in all sections and there's more rain in the forecast
this coming week. We expect the levels to be high most of the coming week, if not all of it. Check
back with us. We will keep you informed.
05/12/18 The river is very high, or blown out. There is rain in the forecast everyday this coming
week, so the stream levels are likely to remain high. All you can do is to check back with us. We
will keep you informed as to the conditions.
06/02/18 The river is very high, or blown out as some call it. This is due to the spring runoff and
likely to last a few more days. Keep in touch with us and we will keep you informed. Fishing will
be red hot when it does settle down.
06/16/18 The stream levels are way down from last week and several new hatches are starting
to take place in the lower elevations including Pale Morning Duns, Salmonflies and Golden
06/23/18 The river is still too high to fish but falling fast. There are some good hatch taking
07/14/18 The stream levels are down to normal and wading safe and easy most places. There
are good numbers of trout being caught from several hatches taking place. Conditions are good.
07/21/18 The stream is in very good shape in all section and all respects. There are good
hatches taking place and lots of trout being caught.
07/28/18 Two good reports came in this past week. The river is in decent shape in most
sections with some good Pale Morning dun and Spotted sedge caddis hatches taking place.
08/04/18 The stream levels are in good shape and good hatches are continuing. We didn't
receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week, but conditions were good.
08/18/18 The river is in good shape in all sections. Good numbers of trout are being caught.
Good hatches are occurring including some Little Yellow stoneflies, PMDs, spotted and green
sedge caddis, and others.
09/09/18 The Big Hole is in very good shape and lots of trout are being caught. All sections of
the river are turning out good catches. There are some good hatches still taking place.
09/16/17 We received two good reports from the past week. Conditions are good in all sections
of the river. There are still good hatches and streamers are catching some nice size trout.
09/25/18 The stream levels are a little high but it is falling back down fast and there isn't any
rain in the forecast for the coming week.
Big Hole River - Fishing Report & Archive - 07/07/2020
04/28/19 The stream is flowing very high and highly stained. It just isn't worth fishing at this point.
Check back with us. We will keep you updated on the conditions.
05/07/19 It is still high, cold and stained. Check back with us soon.
06/16/19 The river is blown out due to the Spring runoff.
06/25/19 The flows are down some thanks to the cooler weather. Lots of new hatches are taking
place including the big salmonflies. Send us an email for a recommended fly list.
07/02/19 The river is down and mostly clear with good numbers of trout being caught. The big
salmonflies and some golden stoneflies are hatching.
07/09/19 The river is in good shape with lots of trout being caught. There are lots of hatches
taking place. All sections of the river are turning out trout.
07/16/19 Stream levels are down to a normal level and wading safe with caution in most places.
There are lots of hatches taking place and lots of trout being caught. All sections are turning out
07/25/19 The river is in very good shape and our customers are sending in good reports. All
sections are turning out trout. Send us an email for a fly list.
08/02/19 The river continues to be in good shape in all sections. There are lots of insects
hatching and good numbers of trout being caught.
08/11/19 The river is flowing a little higher than normal. Trout are still being caught in good
numbers by our customers. There are still plenty of hatching insects.
08/19/19 We recommend fishing the middle canyon and uppermost sections of the river. We
are still getting good reports from customers.
09/05/19 Stream levels are still low in all sections but otherwise, in good shape. Avoid
fishing the lowest section. There are still some good hatches taking place and imitations of
terrestrials are also working good -
09/15/19 Stream levels are okay. The weather will be turning cooler this coming week and
that will be a big help. For now, fish the upper sections of the river.
09/27/18 The stream is still realitively high. The water is cooling down and all sections of the
river are cool enough to fish. There are still some good hatches taking place. It will be cooling
down much more this week.
10/09/19 The stream levels are still high but okay for drift boats. The weather and water is
much cooler and the hatches have changed big time. See the list on the link to your right.
10/23/19 The river is still above normal, but the cooler weather is helping hatches. Some
trout are being caught, mainly from drift boats.
03/19/2020 The river is flowing at a normal level and the water is clear. We didn't receive
any reports from anyone fishing this past week.
03/30/20 The river is flowing a little high and cold. Midges, and skwala stoneflies are
hatching. We didn't receive any reports this past week.
04/18/20 Stream levels are just a little below normal. The water is still very cold but
should be warming up a lot this coming week bringing on some new hatches.
05/03/20 Stream levels are high, too high to wade safely. Fish when it drops.
06/15/20 The river is in full runoff mode.
06/25/20 The stream levels are still very high due to runoff. Hopefully, it will fall out and
clear up very soon.
07/07/20 The stream levels have dropped a lot but the river is still too high to fish well.
We think it needs a little more time and should be ready very soon.