Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - October 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 65 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
     I fished the river yesterday and I'm still in awe at the number of fish that are concentrated in nearly every run. The browns are very near full spawn, but still eager to eat a tasty streamer. The rainbows are just as eager to eat, although not as many on the streamer. The Bows are laying in ambush in the deeper runs, just waiting for that delicious snack to come driting down the creek.
  With unseasonably warm weather & and below average flow, one would be hesitant to fish the river in its low state. Well, let me be the first to tell you DO NOT HESITATE TO FISH!! The fish are there, and more than willing to chow down on some flies.   

  With the low water & density of the vegetation in the water, it can get a bit frustrating having to remove grass from your rig after each drift. I reccomend placing your split-shot or lead on the bottom, below your two nymphs (much like a dropshot rig)
  The streamer bite is still ferocious. I recommend casting down & across the stream, allowing your streamer of choice to "swing" in the current. This is a great way to pick up a larger, more aggressive fish. Don't be afraid to strip it upstream at the end of the swing either.... BOOM!
                                Flies for the Beav

Copper & White Zonkers (for the browns)
BWO size 18-20
Pats Rubber Legs size 12-14 (as lead fly on dropper rig)
Smidgets size 19-20
WD-40 size 18-20
Blue Copper John size 18-20
Zebra Midge 18-20

Big Hole River - October 1st, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
The Big Hole has never fished better.  Anglers should try and fish it before it gets too cold.  Which means you have got only a month or so left- oh ah shucks!  There are quite a few large browns in the Big Hole this season so you should target them with something very large.  We sometimes use saltwater streamers, such as Lefty's Deceivers....size 6/0, and color does matter.
                  Flies for the Big Hole -

Small Blue Wing patterns - we like the Smidget in size 20, but if they refuse it, cut the hackle off the bottom.  This will do the trick for tough trout!

LGF - Use this lttle bugger from around 10 am on.  It is one kick butt pattern for Blue Wings.

Soft Hackles - in size 12-16.  Orange, yellow and green.  Size 18 light olive soft hackles are killer this time of year.

Zonkers - White, olive - size 4 - 8

Prince Nymphs - size 18.

Assorted streamers.  We have the best Big Hole selection
around.  From the extra large stuff - size 2 & 4 to the Baby Egg Sucking Leech patterns!  Come by the shop and take a look. We have what you will need to fish the "Hole"!



Clark Canyon Reservoir - September 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
I was up on the lake a few days ago.  It's fishing, but not that great at the moment.  We expect a change with the weather coming so we'll keep you informed as it should start to heat up.
If you fish it use a size 10 or 12 T's Favorite.  It has been our best fly recently.

Flies to Fish:

Ice Cream Cone Chironomids  Sz. 10-14
Sheep Creeks  Sz. 10 & 12
Tim's Flashback Callibaetis Sz. 14 &16
Crawfish patterns Sz 4/6
Small Woolly Buggers in various colors
Various Midge Pupae Sz. 12 & 14
Ruby River - September 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

The Ruby has had it's ups and downs this fall but is linning out to fish well throughout the remaning season.  The water looks good and the really huge fish from the Jeff should show up soon.

Flies to Fish:

Micro Mayflies Sz. 16- 18
San Juan Worms Sz.
Zebra Midge - Black or Red Sz. 18
X-Caddis - Green, tan, black Sz. 16
Lafontaine Sparkle Pupa - gray Sz. 16
MVP's in olive and brown sizes 16 & 18
Pheasant Tail Nymphs - Szs. 16-18
Prince Nymph - sz. 12-16
PT Cruzers in olive sizes 16-18
S.H. Dead Ray Charles sizes 14-16


Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 118
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 136
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 583
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 627
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 130
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 47
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1270
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 948
    Temperature (°F): 46.94