Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - April 30th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Beaverhead is now fishing well along its entire length.  Irrigation season has begun and the outflow from the lake has begun to slowly tick up.  The clarity of the river is heavily dependant on Grasshopper Creek.  However things do generally settle down some below Barrets. 

The river is closed from the Dam to Pipe Organ until the general trout opener.  
The Beaverhead is looking really good along its length.  Look for Baetis, midges and caddis.  Streamer fishing is turning on with copper Sparkle Minnows, copper zonkers, black buggers.  Nymphing has been super hot at times with fish taking San Juan Worms, baetis nymphs like Psycho Mayfly Olive 18, Micro Mayfly Olive 18, and sowbug/cressbug imitations like Firebead Sowbug 14,16 and pink Ray Charles 20.  Dry fly fishing can be covered with a Snowshoe Baetis 18 or Extended Body BWO 18, or a Griffiths Gnat 16-20.  Tan caddis in 16, 18 as well.

Flies to use:

Quigley's Hackle Stacker 20
Extended Body BWO sz. 18
Snowshoe BWO sz. 18
X-Caddis tan 18
Griffith Gnat 16-20

Fire Bead Soft Hackle Tan, Pink sz. 14, 16
Pheasant Tails, 16-18
Ray Charles Pink, 18
Tim's Cranefly Larvae 8
Power Pupae pink 14
San Juan Worm Purple, Pink

Slumpbuster Sz.8 in natural
Copper Zonker
Rohmer's CH
 Streamer all colors
Conehead Bow River Bugger especially white,
Bead head New Age Buggers, especially brown.
Beldar's Rubber Legs, olive, yellow
Sparkle Minnow, all colors, especially white/chartreuse on bright days

Don't forget to take a look at Poindexter.  A great place to visit in the spring and this year is better.  Drop by the shop and we'll give you the full scoup of what's happening on the "slough."

Big Hole River - April 30th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

 The Big Hole is fishing again and things are looking good.  Some Skwalas are still being sighted.  Try a sz 12 Swisher's Foam PMX or a Grey Wulff.  Water temperatures are starting to approach 50 on warm days.  Streamer fishing can be good...with orange and yellow being consistent colors.  On the dry fly front be ready with midges, bwo's, caddis, skwala's and it's always a good idea to carry a pill bottle of larger mayflies just in case...  Down and dirty nymph fishermen can get after them with Rubberlegs in black, tan sizes 6-10, San Juan worms are a consistent dropper.  Take advantage when you can!

Dry Flies
Extended Body BWO 18
Snowshoe BWO 18
PMX Black 10,12

Rubber legs Black, Coffee, Tan 4-10
Bead head pheasant tail 16,18
Copper John's 14-18
Tungsten zebra midge red & black 20
Timmy's Super Bug 6

Zoo Cougar
Sundell's Screamer
Beldar Rubberlegs
New Age Bugger
Sparkle Minnow
Try white and yellow especially!.




Ruby River - April 30th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor

The Ruby is high and muddy.

San Jaun Worms in pink and wine
Timmy's Crane Fly Larva sz 6
MVP's in amber sz 16
Tim's Cranefly dries sz. 6 & 8
PMX's in orange, size 10
Tim's Power Pupa's in pink sz. 16


Clark Canyon Reservoir - April 4th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
The lake is completely clear.  We have been getting very good reports from anglers fishing from boats and from shore!

Flies to Use:
Chironomids  Sz. 10-14, especially Buzzers
Rickard's Seal Bugger sz. 8 & 10
Jig head buggers, two tone
Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 175
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 79
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 2260
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 2340
    Temperature (°F): 43.88
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 238
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 264
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 2670
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1040
    Temperature (°F): 39.56