Mother Nature has Dialed up an Abundance of Water for Southwest Montana
Beaverhead River - Flows from Clark Canyon Reservoir bottomed out around 148 cfs last week, making the Upper Beaverhead a difficult floating option. Flows are back up to 223 cfs from the dam this morning. The upper river is fishing with sowbugs, lime midges and various midge patterns. The river near and below town is providing some excellent hopper fishing.
Big Hole River - Everybody knows at this point that trout numbers are down in general on the Big Hole. We have returned to fishing it as an abundance of rain and cool weather has made fishing conditions there quite good. We are seeing a lot of action on hopper/dropper rigs with some big stoneflies, size 8 on the lower river. Almost an inch and a half of rain is forecast from tomorrow through Monday. This should bump the flows quite a bit and provide some excellent fishing opportunities throughout September.
Jefferson River - Our favorite September fishery is fishing well and has the most water it has seen in close to a decade going into the month. As always, cloudy days will fish much better than in the bright sun. Streamers and hopper/large dropper rigs are catching fish.