Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - August 20th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent


       The Beav. is down to around 350 CFS.  This will make it much more manageable for the wade fisherman.  Although the river continues to be slightly off color it is no where close to the last two years and is fishing very well for anglers fishing dry flies, streamers and especially rubber legs.  Tim's Yellow Legged Super Bug is good medicine right now.  Cast it tight to the bank and pump it back upstream and you'll take some good fish.  The Craneflies are starting to show a bit thus the reason why the rubber leg bugs are working.  Streamer fishing is also fantastic right now.  Go early and late for the best bug and streamer fishing.  The Trico's are here and on the warmer mornings you'll find fish up.  As the water drops look for some excellent Trico fishing.  During mid-day fish Tim's Super Pupa in Pink and Squirrel colors, caddis dries, hoppers with small size 18 droppers.   PT Cruzers in dk. olive sz. 18 along with sz. 12 & 14 Zug Bugs are working well.  

It's essential to use enough weight to slow your bugs down to match the current on the bottom.  It's August, now is the time to bring lots of options. There is a smorgasbord out there for the fish.  

Top nymphs now:
MVP Amber #14
MVP Lime #18
Fire Bead Sow Bug #14-16
Split Back #18-20 brown or olive
Ray Charles #14-20 amber, tan, pink
Tailwater Tiny #20 lime
Zebra Midges tungsten #20 olive, black, red.  
LGF little green fly #18-20
Harrop's BH Ascending Caddis
Tim's Cranefly Larva
Assorted Rubber leg nymphs in sizes 4 & 6.

A quick word on Poindexter.  I was just out there and found fish up eating Tricos.  And a number of fish underneath chowing on nymphs.  The fishing is excellent using hopper/dropper type set-ups also.  Our work on Poindexter is starting to show results and the fish are responding.  Big-Time!!! 

 

 
Big Hole River - August 20th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

 

226cfs @Maiden Rock

August is perhaps the best dry fly month on the Big Hole.  The late summer bugs are smaller but more numerous.  In the mornings you'll see large trico spinner mating swarms (CW Crystal Midge #20, Trico spinner #20) and with them the late summer BWO's (Quigley's Hackle Stacker #20, Parachute Adams #18-22).  It can be difficult to discern which ones the fish are eating so have both with you.  You may also see some pmd's and a few others.

The spruce moths are still kicking so  use orange or yellow size 112 or 14 PMX.  They make a very good searching fly.  It's generally a good idea to fish two dry flies and we always like the Purple Haze.  Other good ideas are ants (LRO Purple Para Ant #14-16, Stenersen's CFO ant) and now some hoppers (White Cloud Hopper #12 olive, peach).  A pheasant tail, red copper john, lightning bug etc are good droppers.

Other hot flies have been our olive Chubby #12, soft hackle lightning bugs.  

 Yellow is always a top streamer color and nymphing the riffles is very productive.  Go early and fish big rubber leg bugs and you'll find some good fish in the riffles.
 
Clark Canyon Reservoir - August 20th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Clark Canyon has been as good as it gets.  I've been up twice this week and have found some good fishing on the south end.  It pays to have the right bugs so give us a call - 406-683-5263.


 
Ruby River - August 20th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 74 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

 The fishing on the Ruby has been excellent.  Very good hopper/dropper fishing and the cranefly action is hot and heavy. Nymph fishing is always a solid choice.  Use Prince nymphs, Lighting Bugs, PT' Cruzers and Tim's Super Pupa in sizes 12-18.  We have the right bugs when it comes to Craneflies.  Brown Bear Browns, Mackey Specials and Tim's Crayman.  Size 6 - 8's best.  If you haven't experienced cranefly fishing you're really missing something.








 

 
Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a