The Big Hole River

The Big Hole River is a large freestone river that rises from the small streams and springs in the Upper Big Hole Valley. The Big Hole is known for its cottonwood-lined banks and large braided sections. Float fishing on the river can be excellent, though floaters need to pay attention to the dangers of trees blocking the path of the river.

Water Details

    Best Time to Fly

    The Big Hole has a great early season stonefly hatch as well as great terrestrial fishing in late summer. Great hatches of caddis, mayflies and Skwala stoneflies occur during the pre-runoff season of April to early May. In the fall, mayfly hatches and hoppers take place.

    What You'll Catch

    • Cutthroat trout
    • Brook trout
    • Rainbow trout
    • Brown trout

    Recommended Flies

    • Dry flies
    • Streamers

Fishing Reports and Trips

  • Fishing Reports

  • The Tackle Shop Fishing Reports offer the most up-to-date fishing conditions to guide you to where the fish are biting. Find information on current water conditions, recent hatches, and effective patterns for dry flies, nymphs and streamers.

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  • Float Trips

  • The Tackle Shop will make sure you have a memorable fly fishing adventure on one of our full-day or half-day float trips. We take care of the gear including flies, rods, reels, waders and boots so you can focus on finding that trophy catch.

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  • Walk/Wade Trips

  • Our full-day and half-day walk and wade fly fishing trips take you into the best waters in Montana, which are surrounded by picturesque backdrops. The Tackle Shop will cater to your individual needs for a successful day on the water.

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