Fishing Report

Changing for the better

The Beaverhead has been fishing fantastic lately. The baetis are still around and the Mother's Day caddis are also starting to pop. Good fishing can be had throwing olive or tan Super Pupa's and Holy Grails in size 14-16. Fish one of these with a San Juan or size 16-18 baetis and you'll be in business. Holy Grails and other soft hackle pupa imitations can be especially deadly if swung wet-fly style. Elk hairs in 14-16 if you run into a solid hatch. 

If you're looking to hit the Beav for the weekend bite, be aware that flows out of the dam will be bumped up to nearly 600 cfs by Saturday, so the fishing above Barretts might be a bit tricky.....BUT the good news is that this increase in flow will effectively flush out a good amount of sediment from the upper section. This is the first time in the history of the Beaverhead that we have been able to get a flushing flow, and it is all thanks to our local FWP fisheries biologist, Matt Jaeger, and his excellent management policies. 

For up-to-the-minute news on Beaverhead flows, stop in at the shop or give us a call at 406-683-5276. 

It's that time of year where things are changing, but its all changing for the better. We're pretty stoked about the upcoming year. If our current snowpack holds, we'll be sitting pretty come August and September. 

Big Hole River Report 4-24-17

Our Big Hole guides have started spotting March Browns and Gray Drakes.  They have also noted trout moving into slightly swifter water, but still hanging to softer spots.  Some straggler skwalas are emerging and the dry fly bite is times(Chubby #8-12-olive, royal, purple).  Nymphing or droppers with skwala and other stonefly imitations is good (Pat's Rubberlegs #10-Black, Dark Variegated, Olive)

For the mayflies dries in #14 and #16 start to become important (Parachute Adams, Purple Haze).  Generalist droppers are working well too. (Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail-#14).

The best nymph...still the San Juan worm............. 

Fishing Report 3/16/17

The Beaverhead is very clear and fishing well from Pipe Organ to Grasshopper Creek despite the strong early runoff.  We've been watching fish feed on top to strong midge hatches and some BWO's (Rainbow Warrior, Zebra Midge #20) (Griffiths Gnat, Hackle Stacker) Think small...#18 is on the edge of too big.  It's worm time too, along with early spawning so try some eggs.   Streamer fishing has been improving and shop favorite colors are Olive and Yellow.  Sometimes Poindexter Slough will be clear enough to fish well even when the main river is blown out.  

The Big Hole is on the rise and running off color.  With just a foot of visibility there can be good streamer fishing.  Try orange.  You probably will want to let the Big Hole calm down a little before hitting it hard.

Spring inventory is flowing in every day.  Stop by or call us for the latest reports on the Beav and the Big Hole.  We can fully outfit you for all your fly fishing needs.  As area rivers start to blow out we'll be here with some of the best tailwater fishing around.