Big Hole / Beaverhead Fishing Report
July 3, 2019
Lia Jones of Great Divide Outfitters weighs in on the fishing conditions and what to expect this coming week.
BIG HOLE – Golden Stones, PMD, Caddis
BEAVERHEAD – Yellow Sallies and the beginning of the terrestrial season.
BIG HOLE: Purple Haze #14, #16 / Olive or Tan Sparkle Bug #14 / Swishers Purple PMX
BEAVERHEAD: Yellow sally (#16), Grasshoppers (#12), PMD
BIG HOLE: #16 Pheasant Tail, Brown or Olive Rubber Legs (#8), Soft Spot Tungsten Jig, Pearl Lightning Bug
BEAVERHEAD: Psycho May, Bars Emerger, small worms
Both Rivers: Black or Olive Wooly Bugger, JJ Special
Big Hole River
The Big Hole is still dropping, and we recommend that you use a raft above Divide.
The Beaverhead River remains on a steady flow around 600 cfs above Barretts. This is a terrific level for early July.
WHERE TO FISH
The Big Hole
Check out East Bank to Jerry before it gets too hot! We like to fish Jerry to Dewey in the early mornings too.
Outlook for the coming week (hatches, water levels, weather)
The big stonefly hatch is over, but there should be summer stones coming in the next few days. We are also hoping to see some drakes coming out soon. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms the next few days, but it probably won’t be enough to stabilize the river flows.
THE RUBY RIVER
Flows on the Ruby River are slightly below average, but at a great level for wading. There should be caddis hatching in the afternoon, and mayflies in the morning.
TIP OF THE WEEK
If you are looking to avoid the 4th of July crowds, hike to a mountain lake, and take some small wooly buggers along!