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Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - July 28th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Beaverhead is flowing at 692cfs. 

Caddis!  Evening hatches have been very strong.  Twitch a pupa under a dry until the fish are up strong.  Then increase the size of your dry until you can't see.

There are daily PMD, Yellow Sally and Caddis hatches.  The big fish are getting more selective by the day.  There are daily spinnerfalls now and you need to be sure to carry both male and female PMD spinner imitations.  If you haven't made it out here to fish in the last couple weeks take heart, they are growing every day.  PMD and caddis or PMD and a PMD emerger are go to rigs.  PMD hatches early and the afternoons are being taken over by yellow sallies.  The evening rise has been pretty predictable and nice fish are taken on top each night.

In between hatches there is still very good nymph fishing.  Don't forget the streamer action as it can be excellent this time of year.
Here's a list of our favorite bugs~

Slim Pheasant Tail Nymphs - Szs. 16-18
Micro Mayfly in olive, brown Sz. 16, 18
in brown, olive Sz. 16, 18
Psycho Mayfly in olive,yellow and purple Sz. 14,16,18
Improved Sparkle Dun in PMD size 16,18
Extended Body in PMD sz 16,18
CDC Duns in BWO size 18
BH Shop Vac sz 16-18 in olive, brown
Bubbleback Emerger Sz 16-18 brown
Stimulator Sz 16 yellow
Partridge and Peacock Soft Hackle Sz. 16,18
Serenstupidity Sz 16,18
Psycho May Olive Sz 16,18
Olive Zonker


Big Hole River - July 23rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Summer is here.  The Big Hole is dropping quickly but the fishing has continued to be very strong.  Daytime water temperatures are still not above 70 degrees.  We suggest you get out there a little earlier and throw some rubberlegs in the softer shallower water before the big boys move deeper to hide from the sun. 

Attractor dries are a good plan right now.  You should throw down wing bugs like stimulators and caddis as well as up-wing bugs like you purple para-wulff, purple haze etc.  Hopper/dropper rigs running a purple chubby and dropping a Pat's Rubberlegs or a nymph have been working very well.

Flies to Use -
Pat's Rubber Leg Stones in sz. ,8,10 in black and varigated colors
Stimulators in orange, yellow and royal in size 8-16
Chubby Chernobyl in purple, UV tan, pink Sz. 8-12
Foam PMX in grey gold, tan and black.
Yuk Bugs in sz. 4 & 6 in black & olive.
Copper John in red Sz. 12
Beldar Buggers in size 4
Zoo Cougars in white, and black size 4
Pheasant Tails in sz. 12
T-Bur Stones in size 14
Purple Haze in size 12
Twisted Sisters in tan, purple and golden size 8 



Clark Canyon Reservoir - July 23rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Recent reports say that the bite is on at Clark Canyon!

Warming waters are leading to increased midge activity and good catching as the fish are moving into shallower water chasing the hatching bugs.

Flies to Fish:

Ice Cream Cone Chironomids  Sz. 10-14
Sheep Creeks  Sz. 10 & 12
Tim's Flashback Callibaetis Sz. 14 &16
Crawfish patterns Sz 4/6
Small Woolly Buggers in various colors
Various Midge Pupae Sz. 12 & 14
Ruby River - June 22nd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Ruby is flowing at 270cfs..  The upper Ruby is fishing.  Recent reports we've heard say it's fishing just fine.  This would be the ideal spot for the wade only fisherman looking to get away from boat traffic and there's never a bad day in the idyllic Ruby Valley.  These fish like to look up so have your elk hair caddis ready  but if they don't respond go subsurface to get 'em.

Flies to Fish:

Micro Mayflies Sz. 16- 18
San Juan Worms Sz.
Zebra Midge - Black or Red Sz. 18
X-Caddis - Green, tan, black Sz. 16
Lafontaine Sparkle Pupa - gray Sz. 16
MVP's in olive and brown sizes 16 & 18
Pheasant Tail Nymphs - Szs. 16-18
Prince Nymph - sz. 12-16
PT Cruzers in olive sizes 16-18
S.H. Dead Ray Charles sizes 14-16


Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 630
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 558
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 461
    Temperature (°F): 61.34
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 449
    Temperature (°F): 62.96
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 115
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 344
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 545
    Temperature (°F): 66.2
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 1240
    Temperature (°F): 61.52