Big Hole River

Glen, Montana 59732

Big Hole River

Big Hole River Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
June through August
Season & Limits
Bannack State Park, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
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Jul 2018