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Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - January 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

Winter fishing has been great.  The weather has been in the 40's with some winds. The nymphing has been awesome using size 18 Pheasant Tails, Midges, and Mercer's Micro Mayflys. If the winds pick up break out the streamers. Garrett's Yellow Bellydancer will pull those aggresive Browns out from the riffles and runs.  Forty degree weather means bugs maybe coming off and you may see some fish hitting the surface but its still a little early in the year for dry flies. There arent many times on the beaverhead in January you can fish without gloves so take advantage of the excellent weather and fishing and get out there!

Flies to Fish:

Micro Stones - sz. 12-16
Micro Mayflies Sz.
16- 18
San Juan Worms Sz.
10-14
Zebra Midge - Black or Red Sz. 18
Woolly Buggers in asst. colors   Sz. 6
Bellydancers in Yellow  Sz. 4
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. Deand Ray Charles sizes 14-16

 

 
Big Hole River - January 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
There are a few dye-hards that get out on nice days and chase Whitefish around, but for the most part even when it's nice, like it has been, the Big Hole can be locked up solid in most streches with ice.  You can find a few open spots up Hwy. 43. and using small Zebra Midges or Serendipities you can expect a few Whitefish, and on occassion a big brown.

 

 


 


 
Clark Canyon Reservoir - January 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The fishing on Clark Canyon can be quite good right now as the ice has receeded on the south and east shore. You will start to pick up some cruising fish as they move through those open areas. Fishing will contuine to pick up as the ice melts off throughout the season.

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
Zonkers
 
Ruby River - January 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

Fishing on the Ruby has been very good. Prince nymphs, Mercer's Micro Mayflies, and Pheasent Tails will all produce fish. On the streamer side a yellow Garretts Bellydancer will do the trick. Nymphs in sizes 14 through 18 are best. Another great pattern as of late has been the soft hackle Dead Ray Charles in size 14 or 16. The weather has been mild so its nice time to get out and have some fun!


Flies to Fish:

Micro Stones - sz. 12-16
Micro Mayflies Sz.
16- 18
San Juan Worms Sz.
10-14
Zebra Midge - Black or Red Sz. 18
Woolly Buggers in asst. colors   Sz. 6
Bellydancers in Yellow  Sz. 4
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. Deand Ray Charles sizes 14-16



 

 
Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 127
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 108
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 2090
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 2020
    Temperature (°F): 45.32
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 146
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 47
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 2630
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1040
    Temperature (°F): 42.98