We are eagerly awaiting opening day on the upper Beaverhead! May 18th the river from the dam downstream to Pipe Organ Bridge opens. Abundant flows from Clark Canyon Reservoir the last two winters have increased not only the number of fish, but the average size as well. A recent conversation with the Beaverhead’s fisheries biologist further enhances our optimism for this season. Coupled with a full reservoir, the present and future are very bright. We are currently seeing some consistently good fishing below Pipe Organ Bridge.
The Beaverhead below Pipe Organ Bridge has fished consistently well the last month with great BWO hatches from mid-day on. Our guided trips are coming back with stories of lots of fish being caught and big smiles on anglers faces. Flows from the dam will start to increase next week. It will take the river a couple of days to clear, but we anticipate the fishing to continue to be above average.
The coldest March in 30 years set the Spring fishing on the Big Hole back a couple of weeks, but the water is in great shape now and fishing well. The onset of warmer weather should prompt the March browns followed by the massive Mother’s Day caddis to hatch in the next couple of weeks. Streamer junkies and those willing to dunk San Juan worms below an indicator will find success as well. Don’t let anyone shame you into not using the worm in a variety of sizes and colors, the Big Hole fish eat them every day this time of year. Pre-runoff is one of the best windows to fish the Big Hole during any given year.