Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - August 24th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Hazy views
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

Anglers are missing the boat!  I was on the Beav. on Friday with a friend and the dry fly action was fantastic with  most fish  between 19 & 22"  One brown tipped the scales at 4 3/4 lbs.  And there is no one there!!!

Flies to use: 

MVP's in pink and amber.
Zebra Midges in tan, olive, red & black.
Split Back's in sz. 16 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.

Vanilla Urchin sz. 4
New Age Buggers in olive, black and Golden Stone. sz. 4 & 6.
Tim's Sparkle Spider in sz. 16.
Quigley's Hackle Stacker Female Trico sz. 20
Favortie PMD Spinners sz. 18.
Tim's Power Pupa in green, squirrel and Pink colors sz. 14 & 16.
Zonkers - olive, pearl, white & copper sz. 4
Tim's Crayman sz. 4
Bear Back Emergers in yellow, pink and orange in sizes 10 & 8.
Twisted Sisters sz. 14 in tan

As always PLEASE take a few fish home with you.   The health of a river system depends greatly on us and by taking a few of the mid-size browns you will help rather than hurt the Beaverhead.  Our local bioligist, Matt Yeager, and myself suggested to the Montana FW&P Commissioners a few years back to up the limit to 5 to help the river's potential thus inabling fish to reach their full trophy size.  Lets all do our part.  
Thank You, Tim Tollett

Big Hole River - August 21st, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Hazy views
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The dry fly action on the Big Hole has been very good recently with nice trout looking for anything from size 20-22 trico's to size 8 Chubbies.  Flies of choice should include; Renegades, Hackle Stackers, Twisted Sisters, Orange PMX's, Prince Nymphs, Ants, Elk Hair Caddis, and Para Wulff's as the Brown Drakes are showing again.

Don't forget - on nasty days use streamer patterns as the baby browns and rainbows are all over the place!!! Hint - they really like Zonkers.

 Flies to use:

Purple, pink, golden, brown, red and tan Chubbies in sz. 8&10
Luna Negro's in sz. 10&12
Hares Ear in olive & nat. sizes 12-16
Purple Haze in sizes 12-16
Prince nymphs in sizes 14-18
P.T.'s in sizes 12-18
MVP's in Black size 18
Para Wulff's in grey, olive and purple sz. 12-16
Quigley's Female Trico Hackle Stacker sz. 20
And on the windy, stormy days - your favorite streamer with yellow, olive and white the best colors. Sz. 4&6




Clark Canyon Reservoir - August 21st, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Hazy views
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
About the same as last week.  Not fast fishing but still worth a visit.  Try to fish the Red Rock or Horse Prairie ends.  Most of the fish we caught were between 4 & 6 pounds.  Midges are the bugs of choice.  And did I mention that the fish are big!

Flies to Use:
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 - August 21st, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Hazy views
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The little Rubby is worth a visit.  Cranefly larva and Power Pupa's in orange and pink are taking trout throughout the day.  We killed them the other day on Cranefly dries!

Flies to Use:

San Jaun Worms in pink and wine
Timmy's Crane Fly Larva sz 6
PT Cruzers in olive sz 14 & 16
MVP's in pink & amber sz 14 (these guys have been killing them!)
Tim's Cranefly dries sz. 6 & 8
Elk Hair Caddis sz. 14
PMX's in Royal, yellow, and peacock. sz 12 & 14
Tim's Power Pupa's in pink and orange sz. 12-16


Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 455
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 165
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 222
    Temperature (°F): 60.26
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 165
    Temperature (°F): 62.42
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 81
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 282
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 270
    Temperature (°F): 64.58
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 971
    Temperature (°F): 59.18