Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - July 24th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent


Fishing has continued to be excellent.  We are seeing lots of bugs...yellow sallies, pmd's and caddis.  

Nymphing has been awesome with pmd's(split back 16-20, flash back pheasant tail 18-20, slim pheasant tail 18-20, psycho mayfly olive 18)

Some good pmd emergers are Lawson's Half Back pmd 18, Barr's emerger 16-18, Trigger Nymphs in 16-18 and the Bubble Back PMD
 in 16-18.

There are quite a few yellow sallies kicking around right now too.  We like the Mercer's Yellow Sally 16, T.Bur Stone 14-16 and some will use a yellow Copper John.

With the caddis hatch on we are fishing caddis pupa like T's Super Pupa in pink and tan 16, LaFontaine Sparkle Pupa, Rene Harrop's BH Ascending Caddis Emerger.

There will always be times up there where the smaller bugs dominate.  Anglers have been having good success fishing lime midges like the Tailwater Tiny, lime 20.  You should also try the larger MVP lime...its larger hook will give you a better chance at bringing in the nice fish.  Don't forget also the ever present sow bug and it is best represented by a Ray Charles in nearly any color but especially  pink, gray, tan 18.  If the water should dirty up then the Fire Bead Sow Bug is another great choice...stick to the smaller sizes.

Dry fly fishing is intense on the Beaverhead.  Large fish sipping pmd spinners...we like the Posted Organza Spinner since you can see it...rusty, olive 16-18.  Or the harder to see standard organza spinner in the same sizes and colors.  In a hatch the CW Hen Wing PMD is a good choice 16-18 or an Improved Sparkle Dun, Extended Body PMD, Sparkle Spider PMD.

The big hatch on the river right now is the evening caddis.  These bugs are around a 16 wing with yellow/green bodies.  The nightly emergence will continue for the next week or two and this hatch brings huge fish up as the sun falls and into dark.  We are fishing X-Caddis 16 in tan, Goddard Caddis 16-18, yellow Stimulator 14-16 (especially after dark).


Big Hole River - July 24th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent


358cfs @Maiden Rock

The Big Hole has been giving up nice fish to the dedicated dry fly angler.  Persistent searching will give good results.  Hoot Owl restrictions are back in place for section 1 and 5 (Dickie Bridge upstream....and Notch Bottom downstream).  Luckily the Big Hole will still fish strong in the canyon stretches.  Be mindful that in the afternoon hours the water will be warmer and you should quickly release fish with minimal handling.  

At these flows the Big Hole is now best run with a raft.  Drift boats can still make it but you'll need to be comfortable with a good amount of dragging your boat over rocks.

Dry fly fishing is where the Big Hole shines and right now it's as strong as ever.  There are Tricos starting to show themselves (Snowshoe Trico Dun 20) and with that the morning spinnerfalls are coming very soon (Trico Spinner 20, Trico Double Spinner 20) another good pattern for both the duns and the spinners is Quigley's Hackle Stacker 20...this is also a pretty good bug for all of the summer BWO's (pseudos and caenids).  If even the Hackle Stacker is too much to imitate those little mayflies you can try a Gray Adams or Parachute Adams 22.

These fish are programmed to eat the big stuff too.  They've recently seen salmonflies, golden stones and nocturnal stones.  You should have a range of patterns from size 8-12.  (Chubbies in purple, brown, gold, pink.  Parachute Madam X in Royal, Yellow, Orange.)  Hoppers are starting to work too.  (White Cloud Hopper  peach and pink)

Don't forget about the ants up there.  (Purple Para Ant 14-16, Stenersens CFO Ant  Copper/Red, Black/Red,  Royal Trude 16)

We still have PMD's and Flav's kicking around...(Purple Haze 12-18, Parachute Adams 16-18, Improved Sparkle Dun 16-18, Para Wulff green 12-14)

Caddis have held on and we suggest having a good mix of X-Caddis and Elk Hair Caddis sizes 12-18 in tan, peacock, yellow.

Good droppers and nymphs include Rubberlegs in green, tan, black 4-10.  Lighting Bugs.  Prince nymphs and pheasant tails in 12-16.  

Never forget the streamer fishing...pick your poison....we like our BH New Age Buggers in Midnight Fire.  yellow Belly Dancers.  Black Silvey's Sculpin Leach.  Sundell's screamers in all the colors.  Hunt them you'll find them.
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): 172
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 295
    Temperature (°F): 69.44
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 261
    Temperature (°F): 73.4
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 120
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 334
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 327
    Temperature (°F): 77.18
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1130
    Temperature (°F): 65.48