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May 2-8 Fishing Outlook, Big Hole & Beaverhead

Big Hole Fishing Report

  • Water Flow: 909 cfs
  • Water Temp: 46
  • Visibility: clear
  • Fishing:  Good, on nymphs and streamers in the morning.  Skwala's and small dries in the slower water when the water warms up

Beaverhead Fishing Report

  • Water Flow: 424 cfs
  • Visibility: clear
  • Fishing: excellent on blue winged olives in the afternoon.  Nymphs in the AM, streamers in the cloudy weather.

Weather report:  Mostly sunny and in the high 40's to low 50's throughout the week.

Keep your eye out for the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch.......

Big Hole Fishing Report 4/29/11

Spring on the Big Hole River

Big Hole River Fishing Report
  • Water Flow:  1,140 cfs
  • Water Temp:  39 degrees
  • Visibility: 3 feet
  • Weather:  High 34 today, cloudy
  • Fishing:  Good!

Hatches:  The skwala hatch has been on the Big Hole for the past week. This is a shy, unusual aquatic insect in that the male doesn't have the ability to fly very much due to the shortness of its wings. Trout look for them falling off willow and tree branches.

Recommended Leader: 9ft 3x

Recommended Tippet: 3x

Best Techniques: A dry/dropper combo is working well on warmer days when the trout are more active and looking for the skwalla stone flies. Tie on a #10 skwalla dry fly and attach a #12 Kaufman mini stone fly to the bend of the hook. Since the skwalla fly doesn't fly very often, trout look for them near the bank and falling off willow branches and overhanging limbs.

Tip of the Week: Streamer fishing can be productive on warmer days in the winter. Vary the speed of your strip starting out with a long, smooth strip keeping the tip of the rod on the water. If this doesn't work, try a faster strip and/or pausing to allow the streamer to sink before continuing the fast strip. Also try a dead drift with several big mends in the line to allow your streamer to get deep. A 2X tippet is recommended for streamer fishing this time of year in a 9' length. If these techniques don't produce, tie a small #16 beadhead pheasant tail or flashback hare's ear on the bend of the streamer hook with a 5x tippet and strip very slowly through the deep pools.

7 day outlook: The weather forecast is calling for highs in the 40's with possible snow showers through the week.

Argentina Trip 2012

Join us in Argentina February 2012:

Hosteria San Huberto &

Estancia Tipiluke

Big Hole Lodge is putting together a group for Argentina, tentatively scheduled for the last week in February 2012.

Here’s a quick look atthe 8 night/ 7 day fishing itinerary:

Day 1:

Depart the USA to Buenos Aires via overnight flight

Day 2:

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel of your choice.  Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 3-5

Fly to Bariloche/ San Martin where you will be met and transferred to the Hosteria San Huberto.  Here you will spend the next few days fishing the Rio Malleo.  The Malleo is born from the clear waters of Lago Tromen and flows under the ever watchful eye of the magnificent Lanin Volcano.  Long considered the crown jewel of dry fly fishing in Argentina, the Malleo offers anglers the opportunity to fish dry flies almost exclusively as the river is best known to produce excellent hatches of caddis, stoneflies and mayflies.  The riffles, runs and pools hold good numbers of trout which are always looking up for an easy meal.

Day 6-9

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Estancia Tipiliuke.  Settle in and fish this afternoon.  It was this river where Argentine fly fishing was born in the 1950’s through the epic takes of Jose “Bebe” Anchorena, Joe Brooks; and later, Lefty Kreh, Billy Pate and Ernie Schweibert.  The riffles, runs and pools hold good numbers of brown and rainbow trout. There are good hatches of caddis, mayflies and stoneflies, and throwing a pancora crab streamer pattern and stripping it on the river bottom is never a bad way to entice a large brown.  Lunch is served back at the Estancia, and afterward you will return to the river for the evening hatch

Day 10:

After breakfast and time for packing you will be transferred to the airport in Bariloche/ San Martin for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 11: Arrive back home.

Contact Ben Hoffman at Frontiers Travel for more information on this trip