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Early lowland run off in April caused the big hole to jump from around 450 cfs to just over 2000. This pre runoff really kickstarted the fish. The fish turned on as soon as it started ... moreto fall. it has now stablized around 1500 and fishing remains good on both dries and wets.

There are still a few squalla bugs around so a size 8 chubby chernoble has been a good one especially with a San Juan worm hanging hanging about 2 ft below it if there is a little cloud cover, you can expect a good hatch of march browns by about 1:00. If the march brown do show up look for risers. There are only 400 fish per mile on the Jeff as compared with over 2000 for the Madison. Look for the fish there not everywhere. If you can get a few clouds, streamer fishing stays pretty good all day but the big show is the march browns in the afternoon .
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 2 May, 2017
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
Waters are on the rise on the big hole, but still has good visibility. The big hole goes up but rarely gets too dirty to fish its headwaters have never been logged thus high water ... morebut low sediment load. Fished the big hole a week ago, and caught the water on a spike the cfs came up almost 800 while we were on it.. Like most of the rivers around here you want to catch it when the water is on the way down not on the way up. As predicted fishing was kind of a bust, 4 fish in 5 hours and none very big. Seemed like the only way to catch fish was pull over at all the tributaries coming in and fish a San Juan worm on a bobber. Ouch! River has been an a slow decline for the last week and fishing has improved markedly. Still big, about 3000 cfs at Melrose, which is right about at normal for this time of year. Fishing the last few days has been good. Salmonfly nymphs are starting their migration to the banks so big black nymphs size 2 or 4 heavily weighted in the slow water. Best results are coming from getting out of the boat and pounding the slow water on the banks and the slow inside corners There are still a few leftover squallas and a few mayflies in the foam homes, but it is tough to catch em on dries unless you find some fish rising. More rain on the horizon and since the land is already saturated it doesn't take a lot to jack water levels Keep an eye on water levels and whenever it starts to fall get out there and get some.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Monday, 16 May, 2016
The Big Hole is still a bit frozen but if you have been wanting to fish here, it is should warm up over the next few days which should provide for some opportunities. Look for some ... morespring fed areas for fishable waters. While the browns have finished spawning for the year, there eggs lay dormant until the spring season so watch where you walk. We recommend fishing on the bottom with midge nymphs, cased caddis and mayflies. We also recommend stoneflies. Look for fish down deep in the middle of the river.
Fishing Water Report:
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Monday, 1 Feb, 2016
A storm has rolled in to help with the much needed snow pack. Layer up because it very cold with daytime temperatures in the 20’s. It looks to warm up towards the end of the ... moreweek which could bring more hatched. Watch for ice. The flow is low. Small stoneflies are working quite well as well Rubberlegs and Little Sloans. Stick with the lower stretches of water at the bottom. Mayfly and Midge Nymphs will be all at the bottom.
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2015
Fish Caught:
1-3 fish
The water temperature has been quite cold so make sure you are layered up underneath your waders. Dropped into Jerry Creek and worked my way through Maiden Rock. The midges are out ... moreso I recommend a hatching midge in the afternoon from 1-4pm. Egg Flies, streamers, and small beadhead nymphs, such as a size 18 beadhead Pheasant Tail are your best choices.
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Tuesday, 1 Dec, 2015
Fish Caught:
1-3 fish
This weather is making things more difficult. Browns are spawning so watch where you walk. A number of the fish are already down the middle, settling into winter runs. Streamers or ... morea nymph rod are working the best. JJ Specials and Sparkle Minnows are hitting hard. The dry fly fishing is non-existent. The big hole is definitely a good option right now.
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Sunday, 15 Nov, 2015
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish