Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - September 19th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Beaverhead is currently running at 276.4CFS.

The upper river has cleared.  There are many different mayflies and caddis in the air up there.  This is also cranefly season.  The tricos have been strong at times too.  The hatches are really kicking into gear and the Beav is back!

Although there is lots of moss the lower flows allow you access and fishing around the moss gives you lots of good target areas for holding trout.  This is the time to go out and do some streamer fishing too!

Big Hole River - September 19th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
The Big Hole has crested from all the rain and is on its way back down.  The cool rain and temps have dropped the water temperature down into the lower 50's to about 60.  

There are tons of different bugs out there right now.  BWO's mostly size 18, drakes, flavs, tricos and even some smaller mayflies.

Streamer fishing has been hot as well.  You'll need to cycle through colors to find the match.  White has been good in the sun and Black/orange good under clouds.  Try throwing a big attracting streamer and a more subtle or subdued one behind it around 2-3 feet.
Flies to Use -
Pat's Rubber Leg Stones in sz. ,8,10 in black and varigated colors
Chubby Chernobyl in purple, UV tan, pink Sz. 8-12
Foam PMX in grey gold, tan and black.
Yuk Bugs in sz. 4 & 6 in black & olive.
Copper John in red Sz. 12
Beldar Buggers in size 4
Zoo Cougars in white, and black size 4
Pheasant Tails in sz. 12
T-Bur Stones in size 14
Purple Haze in size 12
Twisted Sisters in tan, purple and golden size 8 



Ruby River - August 10th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Ruby is fishing quite well.  Trico spinners may be found as early as 8AM.  As the Tricos taper down watch for fish starting to switch to PMD's.  At times between emergences a hopper dropper can be the ticket this time of year.  Other terrestrials like beetles and ants are important too.

Caddis are very important on the Ruby too.  There will be yellow sallies as well.

Similar to the Beaverhead there are snails in the system too and they are well imitated with prince nymphs, purple psycho princes and zug bugs.

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


Clark Canyon Reservoir - August 4th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 83 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Recent reports say that the bite is on at Clark Canyon!

Warming waters are leading to increased midge activity and good catching as the fish are moving into shallower water chasing the hatching bugs.

Try to mark structure like an old river or road bed and work it thoroughly.

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
Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 270
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 93
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 331
    Temperature (°F): 55.4
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 370
    Temperature (°F): 56.48
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 109
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 231
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 647
    Temperature (°F): 59.54
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1160
    Temperature (°F): 56.66