Just had a great trip to the Big Hole, MT--I will fill you in on the trip.
Started out Wednesday left about 8 am and went to Idaho Falls to pick up a new guide boat forNick Slomski head guide at ROW. The Clackacraft factory was our destination. We needed to get there by 5 pm closing time. Made it fine, traded out boats and headed north to Dillon, MT (Madison county the fly fishing capital). Heavy rain for days sent every river in the region into heavy flows.
Aimless as to which of the many rivers in the area to fish, we ran into a guide with a day off. We asked if he would like to try out our new boat out on the Big Hole. He said yes, so we headed north to Melrose, MT where they have more drift boats then people. WOW one of the most iconic stretches of river in the USA--Bucket List for sure
Our new guide friend had another guide buddy with day off so off we went on a 17 mile float with 2 drift boats and 4 guides. Thank god we had them to navigate that water! Great numbers of fish all day on bright yellow streamer patterns. We caught all browns that day nothing over twenty inches but many close to that mark.
After sleeping outside in my little one man bivy tent in driving rain and 38 degrees with hail at 7000 feet up on the Continental Divide, we ate in Melrose and were asked to join one of the local guides on the top part of the Big Hole the next day for an early season float in the walk wade section about 40 minutes north of Melrose (please do it float it early in the year without a guide who knows the river). We had a mind blowing day with 3 guides, one boat and an amazing river. I am so Blessed to have been able do this I know.......
At the end of day two, with no camp site in mind, the owner of fly shop in Melrose said we could pitch our tent in front yard of his fly shop. We had a fun night fell asleep in front of shop ..like kids haha the full moon beams in my face all night and sooo cold.....34 degrees and hard winds. The night was full of dreams of the preceding day's given beauty.
Day two fish count ...roughly? Brooke trout by the dozens, 14 inches was the largest--these were beauties! We caught also many really big rainbow in the 17 inch range. Maybe even a little bigger I guess. The local guide said I caught the biggest cuttbow he had ever seen at 19 inches. We had several browns in the 12 to 15 inch range.....with six fish over 17 one or two at 19 and one really big male measuring 22 inches caught by Nick Slomski. He won the BIG fish of the trip award.....
14 miles later we took out with full of memories of the brotherhood of fly fishing guides that will last a lifetime. We really had a couple of great days on 30 miles of river.....I do have some photos for you my friend. Now for you a trip on the Hole, I would definitely suggest a guide shop in Melrose, MT--please use Sunrise Fly Shop. Eric is the owner, a great guy and full of knowledge. He guides every day with about a 70 percent return client rate.....he's been in business about 8 years there. A really good group of people at that shop.....the owner also guides in Patagonia in the winters.....tell him I sent you when you go?
Cutting it off now. Tight Lines,
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