Big Hole / Beaverhead Fishing Report
June 25, 2019
Lia Jones of Great Divide Outfitters weighs in on the fishing conditions and what to expect this coming week.
BIG HOLE – PMD’s, Green Drakes, Caddis after 2 PM
BEAVERHEAD – Yellow sallies, PMD’s
BIG HOLE: Purple Haze #14, #16 / Gold, Purple or Tan Chubbies #10 – #14 / Ninchs Peanut (Olive, Tan) / Green Krystal Drake
BEAVERHEAD: PMD Hackle tips, PMD Teaser, Micro Chubby (Gold)
BIG HOLE: PT Bubbleback #14, Olive Slim Jim #14, Yellowspot Tungsten Jig
BEAVERHEAD: Psycho May, Bars Emerger, small worms
Both Rivers: Black or Olive Wooly Bugger, JJ Special
Big Hole River
The Big Hole is on a slow, stable drop. If this drop continues, it will become a little difficult to float the upper river, near Mudd Creek.
Clark Canyon dam is releasing about 550 cfs, and the upper river is at a great level for productive fishing. Below Barretts, the flows are average for this time of year.
WHERE TO FISH
The Big Hole
The river has been consistent from top to bottom, popular stretches have been Divide to Melrose and East Bank to Jerry. Wade access is difficult between Jerry and Divide.
Outlook for the coming week (hatches, water levels, weather)
The river will probably continue to slowly drop, we are hoping a little warm weather might loosen the high snow and stabilize the drop. If there is a warm up, we should see the golden stones hatch. There are chances of thunderstorms and cloudy skies every day, which should make both the dry fly and streamer bite really turn on.
TIP OF THE WEEK
The Madison River is just starting its annual salmon fly hatch!