Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - May 29th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Beaverhead has jumped up a bit to around 220 CFS.

The fishing has been exceptional this season.  With an abundance of 2 and 3 year trout the Beaverhead is on a roll.  Catch rates are up with most trout taking small nymphs.  But don't forget to pack your favorite streamers or stop by the shop and we'll point you towards what we have been using.    

As most of you know I am always suggesting that anglers take a few fish home and this year is no different.  The brown trout population is at an all time high.  If you need to know a good recipe, please stop by our store and we'll give you a few.  Although we encourage anglers to take the browns we ask that the rainbows be treated a bit differently as they have a difficult time spawning and their numbers are low compared to the brown trout.
Remember - you are helping the Beaverhead by taking your share of fish, not hurting it as most anlgers believe.  

                         So, it's Friday and our offer today is going to be a FREE pair of Simms Nippers.  All you need to do is bring us a legal limit of brown trout, from the uppper Beverhead, that's 5 fish, and we'll give you a Simm's Nipper.

Flies to use: 

MVP's in pink and amber.
Zebra Midges in tan, olive, red & black.
Split Back's in sz. 18 in olive & brown.
LGF's in sz. 18 & 20.
Barr's PMD Emerger in sz. 18.
Bern's Ghost Dancer streamers in sz. 4.
Yellow Flash Dancer in sz. 4.
Dead Ray's in sz. 18 colors tan & pink.

Big Hole River - May 29th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Big Hole is coming up but still fishing very well.

It's time to throw some big streamers and Girdle Bugs.  The Big Hole is coming up, but if you're using the right combo of bugs you'll get plenty of action.  Cranefly lavare & San Juan's are always great choices when the water bumps.

 Fish Caddis, Pat's Rubber Legs, Prince Nymphs, Large (size 12 & 14) Pheasant Tails, MVP's in amber and pink, Cranefly nymphs and dries, Chubbies, Tim's Emerging Dealth, Super Pupa's and San Juan's. And big streamers, like Bern's Ghost Dancers and Screamers!



Clark Canyon Reservoir - May 29th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Big Fish on Clark Canyon!

Nice day to hit Clark Canyon.  The wind is down and with the cloud cover the fish will be on.  Head to the West end and fish between 12 and 18 feet with midges and leeches.  Long leaders with a floating line works best, but if the wind comes up go to an "I" line or a 150 grain Streamer Express line.

Chironomids  Sz. 10-14
Sheep Creeks  Sz. 10 & 12
Crawfish patterns Sz 4/6
Various Midge Pupae Sz. 12 & 14
Sz. 2&4
Rickard's Seal Bugger sz. 8 & 10
Ruby River - May 29th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Ruby is worth visiting as the fishing has been very good.  Your best bet is to head up to the damn and fish the access points there.  The flows are around 300CFS.  Nymph fishing has been the best, but don't forget to have a few Cranefly Dries in your box.  It's time to skate big dries as the Cranes are starting to show.  Streamers are also working very well.

Flies to Fish:

Zonkers-(Copper with Natural, Silver with Natural) sz. 4-6
Beldar Rubber Legs-(Olive, Black, Brown) sz. 4
Wooley Buggers-(ANY!!) sz. 4-6
Sparkle Minnow-(Royal Oil) sz. 4
Urchin Bugger-(JJ's, Vanilla) sz. 4


Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 406
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 105
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 3260
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 3480
    Temperature (°F): 57.38
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 366
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 282
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 3990
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1020
    Temperature (°F): 48.92