Sunday, May 13, 2012

Fly Fishing: Big Hole River Foundation

The BHRF is dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the river many believe is truly "the last best river in the Last Best Place." One of the few free flowing rivers remaining in the West the Big Hole is also one of the most diverse.

Born in the Beaverhead Mountains of southwest Montana the river runs for about 170 miles to eventually join the Beaverhead just downstream of Twin Bridges to form the Jefferson. Throughout its run the landscape constantly changes as does the character of the river itself. Bound at various times by conifer forest, willows, sagebrush, ranch and farm land, steep rocky canyon walls, tall cottonwoods and so forth the Big Hole is float fisherman's delight. Drawing anglers year after year to sample its wares the 'Hole has champions from litterally around the globe. Alas a mere handful of which actually belong and support the Foundation.

The good news: Those of us who do, and we are not all anglers, by the way, are as a whole generous giving both time and money to support the Foundation's energetic mission statement.  If you would like to learn more just what this great organization is up to click here .

On another track last evening the Foundation hosted a "meet and greet" BBQ for outfitters and guides. While many more missed than took advantage all I can say is too bad on you. Good eats, good drinks, good talk and lots of interesting and valuable input from local FWP Fisheries biologist, Jim Olsen, to say nothing of the awesome tour of the big house at the entrance to Merriwether Ranch, I must say a good time was had by all.

And last but not least a hot tip: The river is fishing really good right now, top to bottom, streamers, nymphs underneath, March Browns and caddis (yes, caddis) on top. Most of the guides in attendance feel the river has seen its last big spike (has risen about 600 cfs over past four days but real gentle like) and many feel we just might see Salmon flies afore the month is over...Tight Lines...over and out...Chuck P.S. As for River Ambassador, I are one and you could be too...give 'em a holler.

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