Chef Lanette Drops in on Orvis Flyfishing 101 in Santa Clara

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Our good friend, Laurie Kirk, learned to fly fish behind the lodge on the Wise River over ten years ago and has since become an avid fisher and an integral member of the Flycasters of San Jose, near her hometown.  The Flycasters Club is an organization dedicated to help protect, enhance and restore local, state and national fisheries of all species of fish and types of waters and related habitat through education, volunteer efforts and contributions; with a focus on those waters and fish most important to the Flycasters membership, with a mission to pass on these magnificent resources to future generations.

For the past two years, Big Hole Lodge has supported the organization and last February, our very own chef, Lanette Evener, joined Laurie in Santa Clara, CA for the Flycaster’s annual fundraising dinner.  Image
Last Sunday, Lanette and Laurie assisted the Orvis instructor at Fly Fishing 101, teaching basic casting and knot tying skills.  The Orvis instructor caught a beautiful cast out of the corner of his eye and asked Laurie if she knew who this particular, “beginner fly fisher” was.  In fact, it was Lanette, who has spent the last 20 summers honing her expertise, graciously offering advice to the next generation of anglers.

We wish Lanette safe travels as she heads back to Montana this week and look forward to Laurie’s return later this summer!

 

 

Orvis 101 Fly Fishing Schools

Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging.

If you’re looking for a great way to get the family together outside, our FF101 class is the perfect event to get started. Fly fishing is a sport the whole family can participate in. All ages are welcome to attend the event, but those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the whole family and learn what this great sport is all about.

OrvisNews Photos of the Day: Snow and Rainbows on the Missouri

Written by: Wade Fellin,  Big Hole Lodge for OrvisNews

Sleep in or get on the water/ Snow be damned. The boat was already hooked up and ready to go.

All photos by Wade Fellin

Tom Murphy and I picked the boat up at Big Hole Lodge and hopped over to his parents house in Great Falls. We woke up to two inches of snow on the boat and a strong Great Falls wind.

Tom Murphy battles snow and wind to get his fly in the right spot.

Knowing full well we were crazy, the decision to float had been made days before, and we were committed come hell or high water. By the time we got the boat in the water It was 25 degrees, snowing sideways and without rowing the boat was going up river!

Tom’s big rainbow made the frozen fingers and all the difficult casting and rowing worth it.

It took us four hours to get from Wolf Creek to Craig, but the rainbow Tom boated made numb hands and feet all worthwhile.

Wade Fellin is Manager at Craig Fellin Outfitters & Big Hole Lodge.

Hope you got out there before the melt! River is on the rise

After fishing Monday, we reported that the river was in good shape. This is no longer the case at the moment! The warm weather this week has brought out a lot of low snow and the river has temporarily (we hope) blown out.  Fish with big bugs and get em tight to the bank! 

Water flow: 1,950 cfs
Visibility: 12 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Off-color 
Best time of day to fish: 1:00-4:00 PM
Best stretch: Jerry Creek- Dewey
Best access point: Dewey
Dry Fly fishing in order of importance:
Skwalas
Nymphs in order of importance:
Girdle bugs, yellow streamers, black wooly buggers
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Spring
Nearest airport: Butte
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod9′ 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly lineDouble Taper Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly lineStreamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line

Craig’s Tip of the Week:

Leaders are probably the most overlooked pieces of equipment that we use on the trout stream. I finely tapered leader either knotless or knotted will turn your fly over with ease assuming you make a good cast and match the right sized tippet with the fly you’re fishing. For example you’d use a 3x tippet if you’re fishing #10 hoppers in the wind, or you’d use a 6x tippet fishing a #20 baetis imitation in a slow pool. What wouldn’t work would be a 5x tippet attached to a #12 Royal Wulff. Another mistake many fly fishers make is using a leader that has been snipped off numerous times during the day adding new tippet to the point where the taper on the leader has been compromised. When this happens, the fly doesn’t land where its intended to, and you spend a critical moment or two searching for your fly on the water and inviting a missed strike. Use a well tapered leader each time you step in the water.

Check back weekly for updated reports! 

Big Hole River Fishing Report: April 8, 2014

Report by: Craig Fellin for Orvis Fishing Reports

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Hank Hunker, of Sweetwater Fishing Expeditions, with a nice early season brown

Fishing has been good in the afternoons! Fish are looking up for midges and skwalas in the slower water and along the banks and they are chasing streamers and chomping girdle bugs in the riffles, especially at the tail end.

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Water flow: 820 cfs
Visibility: 36 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: 1:00-4:00 PM
Best stretch: Jerry Creek- Dewey
Best access point: Dewey
Dry Fly fishing in order of importance:
Midges, blue winged olives, skwalas
Nymphs in order of importance:
Girdle bugs, yellow streamers, black wooly buggers
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Spring
Nearest airport: Butte
Recommended fly fishing leader12 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet6X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod9′ 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly lineDouble Taper Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly lineStreamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line

Craig’s Tip of the Week:

Leaders are probably the most overlooked pieces of equipment that we use on the trout stream. I finely tapered leader either knotless or knotted will turn your fly over with ease assuming you make a good cast and match the right sized tippet with the fly you’re fishing. For example you’d use a 3x tippet if you’re fishing #10 hoppers in the wind, or you’d use a 6x tippet fishing a #20 baetis imitation in a slow pool. What wouldn’t work would be a 5x tippet attached to a #12 Royal Wulff. Another mistake many fly fishers make is using a leader that has been snipped off numerous times during the day adding new tippet to the point where the taper on the leader has been compromised. When this happens, the fly doesn’t land where its intended to, and you spend a critical moment or two searching for your fly on the water and inviting a missed strike. Use a well tapered leader each time you step in the water.

Check back weekly for updated reports!