- 48 ° F
- Fishing: Excellent
We are now down to our winter flows for the Beav., which will be around 42 CFS.
Get out there and fish! This is the time to hit the Beaverhead, but don't forget there is a lot of water to fish other than the upper section.
Nymphing with BWO nymphs dropped behind something flashy like a fire bead, lightning bug, or frenchie has consistently been producing fish lately. Fishing midge larvae imitations will also pick up fish. Think about working egg patterns with BWO nymph droppers or a red San Juan with a BWO or other small nymph dropper.
Fall is the time of year to throw streamers, and the fish aren't afraid to take big articulated patterns. Anything remotely resembling a baby brown trout or olive-colored sculpins will work, so incorporate copper, yellow, gold, and brown into your patterns (but don't be afraid to try other colors as well). This time of year when the vegetation is breaking apart leaves the sculpins scrambling for cover.
Don't forget Poindexter this time of year.
The bugs to use
Power Pupa's in squirrel and sz. 12 & 14
Partridge & Peacock in size 12 & 14
Starling soft hackles: 16-18
MVP: amber, 14
PT Cruzers: olive, 16-18
Split Backs: BWO & PMD 18-20
Red San Juans
Ray Charles: pink, tan, 18
Fire bead sow bug: pink, tan, 14-16
Pheasant tails: 16-18
Zebra midges: black, red 16-20
Pink Frenchie: 12-14
Lightning Bug: purple, 14-18
Extended body BWO: 18-20
Snowshoe Emerger: 16-20
Zonkers: natural/copper, yellow/copper
Sparkle Minnows: copper
Articulated Trout Slider: copper
Cheech Leech: rust, halloween
Beldar's Rubber Legs: autumn splendor, yellow
Belly Dancer: Yellow
- 40 ° F
- Fishing: Great
- 44 ° F
- Fishing: Great
The water is down to winter flows, around 55 CFS. The fishing is quite good though and this is a great time to hit the Ruby. There are some really big fish in the system that come up from the Jefferson this of year. Hang on!
Try using size 14 & 16 Prince nymphs. Zug Bugs in same sizes. Sz. 18 PT Cruzer's. BWO nymphs and midge larvae in size 18-20. Power Pupa's in squirrel and pink colors - sz. 12 & 14. Streamers in sz. 4 and larger. As always this time of year, trying a red San Juan can be a good bet.
With people focused on hunting, the Ruby Habitat Foundation property is a good place to try. Great access, limited rods, and great scenery and people make it worth the trip.
- 44 ° F
- Fishing: Good
- Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
Flow (cfs): n/a
- Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
Flow (cfs): 189
- Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
Flow (cfs): SsnTemperature (°F): 32
- Big Hole River near Melrose MT
Flow (cfs): IceTemperature (°F): 32
- Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
Flow (cfs): 98
- Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
Flow (cfs): 52
- Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
Flow (cfs): 1090Temperature (°F): 33.62
- Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
Flow (cfs): 860Temperature (°F): 39.74