Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - September 26th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

         The Beaverhead is running around 130 CFS.  Wade fishing is easy.  And there is still enough water to float, but with smaller boats.  If you plan to float from the dam down you will need to go around High Bridge as it too dangerous to go through the drop.

The fishing is excellent.  The water is clearing but I was up on Sat. and visibility was only 2 feet, BUT the fishing was excellent!  We found some good fish on top plus there was a caddis hatch that would rivel anything you would see mid season.   With the water dropping though we will see a marked difference in clarity.  

The bugs to use - Power Pupa's in squirrel and pink colors sz. 12 & 14, Partridge & Peacock in size 12 & 14, Favorite streamers (Zonkers!!!) size 16 & 18 Starling soft hackles, MVP's in amber size 14, size 18 PT Cruzers in olive, Split Backs in sz. 18. Ray Charles in pink and tan sz. 18 and fire beads in sz. 14 & 16.


Big Hole River - September 26th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 69 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

 The Blue Wing Olives are really producing some good dry fly fishing.  Look for some outstanding streamer fishing as it is that time of year!  The big browns are on the move.  Water levels are excellent with the CFS at 364 at Melrose.  We would still suggest using a rubber boat for floating unless you go from Melrose to Brownes Bridge.  You can probably get away with a hard boat but it is still a bit skinny.

Bugs of choice-  Size 18 PT CRuzer's.  Yuk Bugs in black and olive sz. 4. large caddis in sz. 8 & 10's.   Brown Bear Blacks and Brown Bear Browns for wet flies sz. 8 & 10.   Fire Beads in sz. 16, egg patterns in sz. 12.   Favorite streamers and make them big on the nasty days and small on the sunny days.  Dead drifting a Zonker with an egg off the back for a dropper can raise hell with these fish.  Size 18 & 20 Blue Wing duns.

Clark Canyon Reservoir - September 26th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The fishing continues on the south end where the Red Rock river comes in.  Brown and black Leeches in size 6 & 8 and size 12 - 16 midge nymphs are your best bet.  Big Streamers early and late in the day.  The big browns are on the move!
Ruby River - August 20th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

 The Ruby is fishing very well.  The water is still off-color, but don't worry as the fish are eating!  

Try using size 14 & 16 Prince nymphs.  Zug Bugs in same sizes.  Sz. 18 PT Cruzer's.   Same size for BWO's.   Power Pupa's in squirrel and pink colors - sz. 12 & 14.  Streamers in sz. 4 and larger.

The big browns are showing.  


Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 164
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 93
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 285
    Temperature (°F): 58.64
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 315
    Temperature (°F): 59
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 117
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 132
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 949
    Temperature (°F): 60.08
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 819
    Temperature (°F): 59.9