Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - October 18th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 46 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

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

The fishing is excellent. The browns are starting into the spawn, making streamer fishing superb. Egg patterns have also been doing well on the Beav. 

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.  We had clients land 3 fish just a week ago in the 20-23" range.  Where?  Come by the shop and I'll cough up the entire story.

Don't forget Poindexter this time of year.  

The bugs to use - Power Pupa's in squirrel and pink colors sz. 12 & 14, Partridge & Peacock in size 12 & 14, Favorite streamers (Zonkers!!!) size 16 & 18 Starling soft hackles, MVP's in amber size 14, size 18 PT Cruzers in olive, Split Backs in sz. 18. Ray Charles in pink and tan sz. 18 and fire beads in sz. 14 & 16.  


Big Hole River - October 6th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

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 awessome, and the really big boys are out just waiting for your fly.

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.

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.
Ruby River - October 6th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 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.   Same size for BWO's.   Power Pupa's in squirrel and pink colors - sz. 12 & 14.  Streamers in sz. 4 and larger.


Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 126
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 146
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 441
    Temperature (°F): 44.96
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 509
    Temperature (°F): 32
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 127
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 36
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1080
    Temperature (°F): 46.22
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 839
    Temperature (°F): 45.32