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Madison River Beaverhead River Report Big Hole River Report


August 2nd, 2014

Not much has changed in the past week. Flows are stable at a really nice 1200 or so cfs at the Kirby gauge. For the most part the water temps haven’t been getting too bad in the late afternoons although the catching has tended to slow a bit starting at 3 or so most days. The traffic has slowed a bit but there’s still quite a few boats out there every day. Enough that getting out early is still a good idea to avoid the jam-ups.

Fishing has still been good albeit a touch more inconsistent this past week. Still been running the streamer/bead rig for the most part. Haven’t had anyone really willing to stick with the dries long enough to prove a point. We’ve thrown the Chubby/Purple Haze combo a bit here and there…can’t help it when those mayflies are so thick at times. Lots and lots of little fish will eat the dries. I’m quite sure that someone willing to throw them all day would end up with a handful of really nice fish on the Chubby. There are plenty of nocturnals out there now. There actually seem to be more of them up higher near Lyons than in Varney even…a function, I’m sure, of the warmer water temps coming over Hebgen.

It’s been feeling a little “anty” out there recently as well. It’s a bit early by the calendar but hot, muggy afternoons are what seem to accompany a good ant hatch. Could be we see them a little early this year.

Stay tuned!

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