Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Beaverhead River - July 12th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The Beaverhead is fishing excellent.  Besides PMD's and Sallies we are now seeing a ton of Caddisflies.  On certain days all 3 bugs will show and the fishing can reach new heights as then the real big boys will come out to play.  A friend mentioned to me just this morning that he watched a fish he thought to be around 7-8 pounds sipping small dry flies off the surface yesterday.  As is often the case on the Beaverhead, he was lying in a very difficult place to present a fly.  

The dry fly fishing continues strong, but getting a good drift is essential.  Otherwise nymph fishing is still your best bet.

Flies to use: 

MVP's in pink and amber.
Zebra Midges in tan, olive, red & black.
Split Back's in sz. 16 in olive & brown.
LGF's in sz. 18 & 20.
Barr's PMD Emerger in sz. 18.
Bern's Ghost Dancer streamers in sz. 4.
Yellow Flash Dancer in sz. 4.
Dead Ray's in sz. 18 colors tan & pink.

Vanilla Urchin sz. 4
New Age Buggers in olive, black and Golden Stone. sz. 4 & 6.
Tim's Sparkle Spider in sz. 16.
Quigley's Cripple Pattern's in sz. 16.

Please take a few trout home.  The health of a river depends on us and after watching the Beaverhead for close to 40 years I urge anglers to take a few fish home.  It will help the Beaverhead as there are too many fish in the system.  Thank you!

Big Hole River - July 12th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent


The fishing on the Big Hole has been excellent.  Despite rumors the water level and water temps. are ideal and anglers can expect good action on both dries and nymphs.  

Here is how the recent regulations read:  The entire Big Hole river - Except for Dickey Bridge down to Maiden Rock FAS (Fishing Access Site) - is closed from 2 PM till midnight. So the section from Dickey down to the Dead Zone is open the entire day.     

Flies to use:

Purple, pink, golden, brown, red and tan Chubbies in sz. 8&10
Luna Negro's in sz. 10&12
Hares Ear in sizes 12-6
Purple Haze in sizes 12-16
Price nymphs in sizes 14-18
P.T.'s in sizes 12-18
MVP's in Black size 18
Para Wulff's in grey and purple sz. 12-16
And on the windy, stormy days - your favorite streamer with yellow, olive and white the best colors. Sz. 4&6




Clark Canyon Reservoir - July 12th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Anglers wanting to target some big trout should head to Clark Canyon.  We've had good to excellent dry fly fishing on the west end - yes I did say "dry fly fishing".  The midge fishing is starting to kick into gear so look for the south end to pick up.

Flies to Use:

Chironomids  Sz. 10-14
Sheep Creeks  Sz. 10 & 12
Crawfish patterns Sz 4/6
Various Midge Pupae Sz. 12 & 14
Sz. 2&4
Rickard's Seal Bugger sz. 8 & 10
Ruby River - July 12th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent

The fishing has been fatntastic on the Ruby.  Great wade fishing can be found at the F,W&P's Access sites.

Flies to Use:

San Jaun Worms in pink and wine
Crane Fly Larva sz 6
PT Cruzers in olive sz 14 & 16
MVP's in pink & amber sz 14 (these guys have been killing them!)
Tim's Cranefly dries sz. 6 & 8
Sparkle Spiders sz. 16
Elk Hair Caddis sz. 14
PMX's in Royal, yellow, and peacock. sz 12 & 14


Stream Flows
  • Beaverhead River at Barretts MT
  • Flow (cfs): 545
  • Beaverhead River at Dillon MT
  • Flow (cfs): 178
  • Big Hole River at Maiden Rock nr Divide MT
  • Flow (cfs): 475
    Temperature (°F): 62.96
  • Big Hole River near Melrose MT
  • Flow (cfs): 482
    Temperature (°F): 66.02
  • Ruby River above reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 117
  • Ruby River below reservoir near Alder, MT
  • Flow (cfs): 236
  • Jefferson River near Twin Bridges MT
  • Flow (cfs): 694
    Temperature (°F): 69.8
  • Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT
  • Flow (cfs): 926
    Temperature (°F): 59