Big Hole River

Big Hole River

The Big Hole River is one of the most scenic wild trout streams in the country.

Most scenic wild trout streams

The Big Hole has many personalities exhibited throughout its course beginning in the Rockies and ending at the confluence with the Beaverhead River to form the Jefferson River. We float and access about seventy-five miles of the most productive water. Where we fish is often dictated by the level of water flows. The level can vary from a couple hundred cubic feet per second (cfs) to over five thousand cfs during peak run-off. Pre run off in early spring can be fabulous fishing with Mother's day Caddis hatches, Skwala hatches, and May flies. The Big Hole is world renowned for its Salmon fly hatch and attracts fishermen from around the world. The Salmon fly hatch occurs right after the peak run-off period which is the first to second week in June. As the summer progresses Tricos, and Spruce Moths can provide great dry fly fishing.

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Terrestrials can offer added action in late summer. The fall is a very special time on the river with Cottonwood trees changing and the Browns getting their spawning colors. Streamer fishing can be great fun in the fall. This is one of our favorite times to be on the water. Nymph fishing is productive throughout the season. Besides the Salmon fly time one can enjoy solitude as well as great fishing. Beginners as well as the expert fly fisherman thoroughly enjoy this tremendous free flowing jewel. The Big Hole is one of the few un-dammed rivers in the country. And one of the few with wild trout.

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Big Hole River

The rare Fluvial Grayling which is rarely seem in the lower 48 can be caught in the upper sections along with brook trout and cutthroats. Rainbows live throughout the system as well as brown trout. Below Divide the Big Hole enters a narrow steep canyon whose beauty is unsurpassed and where Big Horn Sheep are its residents. The Big Hole River is not only a beautiful place to be but you never know what species of trout you will catch. Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Brook trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Grayling all live in this fly fishing paradise. Tom Smith's Backcountry Angler Fly Shop and Outfitter offers guided trips on the rivers of Southwestern Montana including this river as well as the Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson, Ruby, mountain streams and lakes.


Wild & Scenic Big Hole River Vacation

We would love to invite you and your friends to come and share some time with us in this very special place and escape the day to day grind for a short period of time. Backcountry Angler offers our guests deluxe accommodations at our new Montana fly fishing lodge. The lodge is the perfect complement to a great day on the water. Come join us for a great Big Hole River fly fishing trip.