Big Hole River

Glen, Montana

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Lewis and Clark referred to it as the “Wisdom,” but the name “Big Hole,” coined by early trappers and settlers in reference to the high elevation valley through which the river flows, stuck, and that is how we have come to know one of the most beautiful trout streams in the state of Montana. The Big Hole flows freely without dams for 115 miles to its confluence with the Beaverhead, and eventually the Ruby, to form the Jefferson around mile 153. The Big Hole begins its serpentine course across western Montana high in the Beaverhead Mountains at Skinner Lake. The upper section of the Big Hole is easily wadeable with several access points at county road crossings and federal and state maintained fishing access sites. Types of Fish: Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Cutthroat Trout, Arctic Grayling, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.
Fly Fishing Montana

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Fly Fishing Montana

by Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)

Lewis and Clark referred to it as the “Wisdom,” but the name “Big Hole,” coined by early trappers and settlers in reference to the high elevation valley through which the river flows, stuck, and that is how we have come to know one of the most beautiful trout streams in the state of Montana. The Big Hole flows freely without dams for 115 miles to its confluence with the Beaverhead, and eventually the Ruby, to form the Jefferson around mile 153. The Big Hole begins its serpentine course across western Montana high in the Beaverhead Mountains at Skinner Lake.

The upper section of the Big Hole is easily wadeable with several access points at county road crossings and federal and state maintained fishing access sites. Types of Fish: Rainbow, Brown, Brook and Cutthroat Trout, Arctic Grayling, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.

©  Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher/No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Glen
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: June through August
Local Contacts: Bannack State Park, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Hole River

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