Poindexter Slough

Anglers looking for small stream fishing for big trout should give Poindexter a shot. Our man Butch here at the shop took a beautiful 19” rainbow on a P&P the other day. Even though the weather is changing the hopper will continue and usually gets better once the weather cools a bit. The hopper fishing won’t last for too many more days so you should get after it!

Big Hole River

The weather is changing so look for the streamer fishing to be hot in the next few days. The big browns are on the move as they start a bit earlier than on other rivers so look for staging areas where they stack up in deep runs below shallow riffles. This is October Caddis time too so try a size 8-10 orange PMX or Stimulator. The BWO’s will be out in full force which will offer the dry fly enthusiast some fun fishing for big trout. The entire river is fishing, but if you are floating below Brownes Bridge give us a call, 406-683-5276., as there are a few things you should know before going.

Beaverhead River

For anglers wanting to catch some large browns this fall you should be beating tacks to fish the Beaverhead. The fishing is as good as it gets. The water is still at around 600 CFS which is something I’ve only seen very few times in the 40 plus years I’ve fished the river, a flow that we beg for as there is more food and big boys are on the prowl and easier to catch. Fishing Yuk Bugs and Girdle Bugs is still key for turning the big guys, but dropping off jig head nymphs, size 12, under an October Caddis or Dave’s Hopper, size 8-10, can be extremely productive. Our weather is changing so the streamer fishing is going to be off the charts in the next few days. Zonkers should be first on the list. Although float fishing is best there are a number of places where you can wade effectively.

Big Hole River

The Trico's are still going strong in the morning hours, but not in every run.  Look for flat water below riffles to find the best action.  Hoppers and large Caddis are getting the job done.  A great technique to use now is putting a size 8 Partridge & Peacock on for a point fly with a size 8 or 10 PMX or Elk Hair Caddis on for your first fly, use a drag fee drift and let them swing at the end of your drift.  The big browns are moody and like to chase things especially big Caddisflies.   If you're on the water early try using a size 6 or 4 Yuk Bug and fish the riffle water.  The large browns love them.  We've also have had great results using little Red Spots which is a little black soft hackle, size 16, with a red spot on the thorax.    

Beaverhead River

The season is changing and so is the fishing on the Beaverhead.   For most it is a difficult river to fish now, BUT if you use the right flies and fish the right water you'll think you died and went to heaven!!!   I only had one angler in the boat yesterday and we both figured he had somewhere around 120 grabs - a fairly good day to say the least! Here are a list of bugs to use - Girdle Bugs, in both olive & black size 4 and 6.  Yuk Bugs in size 4 & 6 in the same colors.  Size 6 & 8 rubber leg Prince Nymphs.  Dave's Hoppers in size 8 & 10.  Elk Hair Caddis in size 10 and 12.  Bread Crust size 10 & 12.  Partridge & Peacock sizes 8-14.  The October Caddis are here so a size 8 P&P is a good bug to either swing or lift especially when using a 10' rod.  Speaking of rods if you have a 10' 3 or 4 wt. that's the rod to use as you'll be able to make much better presentations and presentations are key right now.  

Ruby River

The Ruby is running off-color, but the fishing is excellent.  A friend came in yesterday and he was doing real well fishing Split Backs in size 16.  We always like our Cranefly larva and Tim's Super Pupa in pink size 12 &14.  On the warmer days try hoppers and don't forget streamers.  Again with the weather change the fish will be all over streamers this week.  And don't fish the Ruby without Brown Bear Browns and Tim's Craneman!!!  And Yuk Bugs and Girdle Bugs!!!!!