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Fun With Weather. A “summer” excursion to Montana’s Big Hole

Ah, late spring, almost early summer and here comes Memorial Day Weekend in the Pacific Northwest—with all the rain and snow that it’s known for. So there we were last Saturday, heading to the Big Hole River with the temperature … Continue reading

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Big Hole River Brown Trout

Floated the Montana’s Big Hole River on Friday, a trip that I try to take on an annual basis every May. It’s not a time when you’ll get big numbers, but that’s rarely the case high on the Big Hole, … Continue reading

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Big Hole River Salmonfly Blitz—all or nothing

Want a deal? Book for June. Montana’s outfitters and guides are reporting good bookings for 2011 with the exception of June. That makes sense because, as I write this, the snow is falling

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The Western Spruce Month Fly Fishing Blitz

The West’s New Spruce Moth Blitz NOTE: This article previously appeared in Fly Fisherman Magazine. Thought you still might glean some valuable information from these words. If I remember correctly, some people were pissed to see the spruce moth hatch … Continue reading

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Big Hole River: An unplanned canyon run

Blunder on the Big Hole There are a variety of possibilities regarding why I missed a takeout on the Big Hole River last Saturday. Could have been foggyness from the night prior at Wise River Club. Or it could have … Continue reading

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Big Hole River Blowout

Riding the Waves It’s salmonfly time in Montana, but the streams are mostly blown out right now with the Madison flowing mud and the Big Hole breaking free of its banks. I found that out firsthand yesterday when I accepted a … Continue reading

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Beaverhead and Big Hole rivers, Montana

Burma Madnes It had to happen. Over the past 20 years I’ve driven somewhere in the neighborhood of 500,000 miles, many of them in bad weather over tricky roads and I’d never gone off the side…until Saturday. That’s when I took … Continue reading

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Streamers on the Big Hole…and Beer Bongs

Streamers, Mother’s Day Caddis … and Beer Bongs If you’ve read much of my work, including Fly Bible: Montana you probably know that the Big Hole River is my favorite Montana stream for a variety of reasons, some having to … Continue reading

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Big Hole River Grazing Leases Could Kill Off Grayling

Conservation Group says BLM sending native grayling to extinction. One of the coolest aspects to fishing southwest Montana’s Big Hole River is that you stand the chance, especially on the upper and middle portions of the river, to catch a … Continue reading

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