Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - November 2nd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
     With possible winter weather moving in on Saturday, this Halloween weekend will be epic!  Conditions will be excellent for some big streamer action.  The large browns are of course on the move and love a big juicy meal this time of year.  Don't forget to have plenty of dries along too and the nymph fishing will be lights out.  So don't be a couch potato and get out and have some fun. 


  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 big browns)
BWO size 18-20
Pats Rubber Legs size 12-14 (as lead fly on dropper rig)
Smidgets size 18-20
WD-40 size 18-20
Blue Copper John size 18-20
Zebra Midge 18-20

Big Hole River - November 2nd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
The Big Hole continues to be on fire.  In my history I don't believe I've seen a better year.  The streamer fishing has been off the charts and with the weather coming you don't want to miss maybe the best days of the fall!

                  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.

And 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"!



Ruby River - November 2nd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

Great fishing with big streamers! The fish are very active this time of year, going after big streamers. Zonker's(Copper with Natural), BelDar Buggers(Olive and Black, with yellow legs), etc... Don't be afraid to switch out flies after a few fish, you'll be surprised to see the fish in the same hole will hit the next fly just as hard.

Swing them threw the hole or Slow steady strips, when stripping, also let that streamer get down before you strip.

So get out there and FISH!!

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


Clark Canyon Reservoir - October 31st, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Not many fisherman on Clark Canyon, but if you are a still-water nut you should give it a shot.  The fish are on big midges and leeches.  Nice rainbows from 4-6 lbs. are showing on a regular basis. 

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
Sz. 2&4
Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 134
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 98
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1560
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1630
    Temperature (°F): 43.34
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 144
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 70
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1770
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 770
    Temperature (°F): 37.94