Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - November 3rd, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

We are now down to our winter flows for the Beav., which will be around 42 CFS.  

Get out there and fish! This is the time to hit the Beaverhead, but don't forget there is a lot of water to fish other than the upper section. 

Nymphing with BWO nymphs dropped behind something flashy like a fire bead, lightning bug, or frenchie has consistently been producing fish lately. Fishing midge larvae imitations will also pick up fish.  Think about working egg patterns with BWO nymph droppers or a red San Juan with a BWO or other small nymph dropper.

Fall is the time of year to throw streamers, and the fish aren't afraid to take big articulated patterns. Anything remotely resembling a baby brown trout or olive-colored sculpins will work, so incorporate copper, yellow, gold, and brown into your patterns (but don't be afraid to try other colors as well).  This time of year when the vegetation is breaking apart leaves the sculpins scrambling for cover.

Don't forget Poindexter this time of year.  

The bugs to use


Power Pupa's in squirrel and  sz. 12 & 14 
Partridge & Peacock in size 12 & 14
Starling soft hackles: 16-18
MVP: amber, 14 
PT Cruzers: olive, 16-18
Split Backs: BWO & PMD 18-20
Red San Juans
Egg patterns
Ray Charles: pink, tan, 18
Fire bead sow bug: pink, tan, 14-16  
Pheasant tails: 16-18
Zebra midges: black, red 16-20
Pink Frenchie: 12-14
Lightning Bug: purple, 14-18

Extended body BWO: 18-20
Snowshoe Emerger: 16-20

Zonkers: natural/copper, yellow/copper
Sparkle Minnows: copper
Articulated Trout Slider: copper
Cheech Leech: rust, halloween
Beldar's Rubber Legs: autumn splendor, yellow
Space Invaders
Belly Dancer: Yellow
JJ Special


Big Hole River - November 3rd, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

The Big Hole is fishing.  What a treat the Big Hole is at this time of year.  The scenic value alone is worth the drive, but watch out if you're packing a fly rod.  The fishing is always the best of the year now.  Many anglers have gone home, the scenery is awesome, and the really big boys are out just waiting for your fly.

Think about working egg patterns with small BWO or midge droppers.  Red San Juans are always a good fall winter pattern to try. 

Bugs of choice-  Size 16 Black Soft Hackles, P&P's in size 12-14, Sz. 8 Bear Back Emergers,  Yug Bugs in sz. 4 & 6.  Sz. 20 BWO's dries and nymphs.  Sz. 18 Blk. MVP's,  Sz. 10 orange dry flies. And streamers.  Large sizes working best.  Zonkers are always our first choice, but we have a few others that are really producing.

Ruby River - November 3rd, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

The water is down to winter flows, around 55 CFS.  The fishing is quite good though and this is a great time to hit the Ruby. There are some really big fish in the system that come up from the Jefferson this of year.  Hang on!

Try using size 14 & 16 Prince nymphs.  Zug Bugs in same sizes.  Sz. 18 PT Cruzer's.   BWO nymphs and midge larvae in size 18-20.  Power Pupa's in squirrel and pink colors - sz. 12 & 14.  Streamers in sz. 4 and larger.  As always this time of year, trying a red San Juan can be a good bet.

With people focused on hunting, the Ruby Habitat Foundation property is a good place to try.  Great access, limited rods, and great scenery and people make it worth the trip.  


Clark Canyon Reservoir - October 6th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 44 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
We've had some good reports fishing around the edges with leeches.  Try off the dam and down around the old boat ramp.  And of course take a look at the Red Rock end.  Those big browns are on the move.
Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): n/a
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 189
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): Ssn
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): Ice
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 98
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 52
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1090
    Temperature (°F): 33.62
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 860
    Temperature (°F): 39.74