Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Big Hole River - July 1st, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Big Hole dropped quite rapily but things are starting to level off.  Flows are now under 800cfs.  There are Hoot Owl restrictions in effect today from Dickie Bridge upstream and from Notch Bottom downstream.  Further closures are expected but remember that the canyon sections from Wise River to Maiden Rock rarely if ever see restrictions due to heat.  This leaves some 30 miles of prime pocket water separated by beautiful pools all open to fishing.  Most folks would say the best of the Big Hole remains open.

There are still lots of bugs around.  Salmonflies are in the bushes, there are golden stones and following them are the nocturnal stones.  These combine to keep fish willing to eat the big chubby type patterns for a while.  Nymphing is best with rubberlegs, pearl lightning bugs, large pheasant tails, SJ worms.  Attractor dry fly fishing are good with Purple Haze, Elk Hair Caddis or X Caddis, Renegades, Wulff tied dry flies, stimulators and PMX.

We are seeing PMD/PED's, Salmonflies, Golden stones, Flavs, Green Drakes, Brown Drakes, Yellow Sallies, All sorts of caddis and more....Be prepared with a wide variety of imitative and attractive dry flies.  

There's also a new boat ramp in action on the lower Big Hole near Twin Bridges.  This Hi-Bridge boat ramp is situated on the Melrose/County Line Rd.


Dry Flies
Purple Haze(and Parachute Adams)  12-18
X-Caddis, 12-18 tan, olive, yellow, black
PMX 12-16 royal, yellow, orange, peacock
Dropper Loop Stimis  12-16 Golden Stone, Olive Stone
Stimulators 12-16, Tim's MVP's in amber and pink #14.
Rubber legs Black, Dark Variegated, Tan 8-10
Bead head pheasant tail 12

Silvey's Sculpin Leech
Sundell's Screamer
Beldar Rubberlegs
New Age Bugger
Sparkle Minnow
Try white and yellow especially!.




Beaverhead River - June 26th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent


The Beaverhead has been fishing extremely well for the last week.  There have been times where the water has been a little bit murky but it has cleared up again each time and the bite has been on even in the colored water.  Streamer fishing has been exceedingly good and we are seeing verified 23+ fish being taken on streamers.  Silvey's Sculpin Leech in several colors depending on light has been a favorite.  PMD's are on, midges, caddis, Golden Stones around Pipe Organ, the Yellow Sallies are putting on a show in the lower river...We've also seen some larger mayflies whose spinner form is reminiscent of Brown Drakes.  Spinnerfalls are starting to happen more regularly when they don't get blown off.  The summer dry fly fishing hasn't quite erupted but don't let that stop you...the Beav is fishing.

Ruby River - May 1st, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent


The Ruby has come down and is fishing very well below the dam.

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): 724
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 235
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 699
    Temperature (°F): 66.56
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 682
    Temperature (°F): 70.34
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 172
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 312
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 813
    Temperature (°F): 74.48
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 948
    Temperature (°F): 61.7