Originally Posted by dhayden
bb.. is that the one called "Melrose-Twin Bridge County road" ?
I was thinking more Madison/Ruby combo.. and even for the Ruby it depends where you fish on it.. up by the dam.. that's a ways out..
Yes, Montana like it used to be. Dirt road, big wide open views of the Pioneers, Tobacco Roots and the Madisons.
As far as the Ruby goes....I really get uncomfortable just out and out hot-spotting on the internet. I would gladly tell someone in private about unique access and specific streams and rivers but the internet and large fishing forums like this can literally over-run with fishing pressure hard won, quality, relatively unknown areas.
Mentioning the big rivers that everyone knows is one thing, I draw the line on the smaller less known rivers.
I'm not trying to tell anyone else how to be, this is just how I feel about the impacts of the social media phenomenon.
That being said...
If dharkin choses Melrose he'll be less than an hour from the dam on the Beav. Straight down the interstate. The Beav. in October often fishes as good if not better than any other time of the year and it's usually less than 300 cfs, often much lower, which means easy wading and very large fish.
I'm betting if they go to the Big Hole in October they'll probably spend most if not all their time fishing the Big Hole. It's like 5 or 6 different rivers in one watershed and Melrose is right on the (arguably) best stretch.
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Originally Posted by dean_mt
It's a pretty rough 20 miles though isn't it? At least in the middle as I recall. I haven't driven it in many years, just remember that it was brutal hot and dusty. There are two roads aren't there, one that cuts straight over and the other that follows the river, I image what you call the high road is the more direct shot, so I've probably never actually driven that one.
The high road's no big deal. It's like your typical dirt road anywhere else in the state.
The other road that follows the river is longer and yeah, it gets kind of rutted but there are several access points down there as well. It's the more marginal water which is why it's one of my favorite stretches. You don't see many people.
But really, as you probably know, once the salmonfly hatch is over the Big Hole seems to get less pressure than other more famous waters, which is also just fine with me.
Upper Big Hole brown to get dharkin and co. all excited.
You can find these in every section of the Big Hole.
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As long as I'm killing time, here's a picture of a ten pounder the FWP shocked out of the Big Hole several years ago.
This was the same fish that guy from Butte eventually caught.
I doubt there are many fish like this in the Big Hole but they definitly swim in the Beav.