Hopper Time. Even with all the nay-saying and craziness going on in the world these days, one thing is for certain - it still kicks ass when a trout eats a giant piece of foam floating down a cut bank. While this season has had it's ups and downs with regards to water conditions - we seem to have stabilized at a damn near perfect flow for throwing dries on the Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers. If water temps start climbing, and they will - focus your efforts on the Beaverhead, which still has over 900 cfs of cold, clear water running well past the town of Dillon. We still have a few openings towards the end of the month, which will be PRIME time hopper fishing on all of our area waters. So, grab your favorite 5 wt, a handful of hoppers, your trusty cowboy hat and enjoy the [...]
Just when things start settling in to being "normal", you get dealt a snowstorm and rapidly rising rivers. You know what they say - if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes. As if this season isn't challenging enough, with cancellations, re-schedules, and quarantines mother nature decides to shuffle the deck with a spring snowstorm. I'll take it though. Every drop of rain, every flake of snow and every cfs of water they deliver to our beloved watersheds is welcome in my book. Looking forward - here's what I think we can expect in the next week or so. The Big Hole will crest today or tomorrow AGAIN, and start dropping to a more manageable level and clarity. There were a few stones starting to show and the fish had the feed bag strapped on for 4 or 5 days. This water event will re-set the clock again and [...]
With our first annual or semi-annual guide school behind us, it is time to start looking down the road to what is in store this summer. Before I do that - I need to shout out to the students and instructors that made the week of guide school such a success. To all the boys - Brian, Quentin, Marty, Tolman, Charlie and Colton - thanks for braving the global pandemic and making this happen. Without you we wouldn't have had much to talk about. Ok, that may not be completely true. Whenever myself, Hudgens, Agee, Weck, Klug and a bottle of whiskey find a campfire - there are no shortage of things to talk about. Thanks guys. That was a long but rewarding week. Looking forward, it is possible that we have already seen our peak flows on the Big Hole. I am hearing about Caddis that are better late [...]
Let's go fishing. The rivers are in prime pre-runoff shape right now, the caddis are getting rolling and the fish are biting. With the state starting to open back up for business - there are a few people out and about, but we are VERY far from crowded down in this neck of the woods. That all said, we have guides available virtually on call, as many of our non-resident anglers are still feeling the restrictions of travel and quarantines. If you live here in Montana - there is no better time to be on the water. Let's all do our part to get our industry up and rolling again by simply going fishing. That's all for now. See you out there.
March 12th, 2020 Things are starting to look a little more like a trout fishing destination around here lately. By all accounts our snow pack looks to be in the 100%+ range, so that is a good thing. While we typically pick up a bunch of the white stuff during the months of March and early April, it is nice to have a good base going into the spring months. New for 2020 We have added a used tackle section to our fly shop and have some great "Trade in - Trade Up" incentives on Scott Flyrods and Hatch Reels. If you are thinking about picking up a new rod for the quiver, this could be a great option for those of you that aren't stuck collecting them! Give us a call any time to discuss a trade or make an order! I'm not totally sure what else will be [...]
Hi everyone this is Pete the new fly shop guy here at Stonefly. We have been very busy lately. Jefferson and Beaver head are both fishing very well as of late. Hoot owl restrictions are still in affect on the Big Hole. Chubs and hoppers with a nymph dropper are still the hot bug. Stop into the shop we have a full selection of both. Look for fish to start chasing smaller streamer and wooly buggers within the next couple of weeks. Remember to bring water with you when you head out, Tight lines!!
Wow is it a warm one out today! With the blistering summer weather, don't forget your water and sun screen! Oh yeah and the fish are loving the hoppers and chubbies still! :)
Well we are now well into August and fishing is still great! Hopper season is in full swing and we are loving it! Do to high water temperatures Hoot Owl restrictions have been placed on the Big Hole River from Notch Bottom to the confluence with the Beaverhead River.
Wow! July is almost over and for the next week it is gonna be HOT! The Big Hole and the Beaverhead are fishing great! It is still dry dropper season, but hopper season it just around the corner! Get out there and enjoy the beautiful warm weather and don't for get your water and sunscreen!
The Beaverhead is fishing really well and so is the Big Hole above Melrose. Fish are looking up for Chubbies, Ants, and some Caddis. Don't forget an extra water before you head out!!