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It is late January and the Montana snowpack is looking good. Right now the Big Hole River snowpack and Beaverhead River snowpack is sitting at 116% of normal for this date in time. We have had three years in a row of excellent water conditions throughout the summer. It is looking like we are going to have another great water year on Southwest Montana Rivers. Right now the Clark Canyon Reservoir is sitting at 91% full. Winter flows on the Beaverhead River have remained above average which helps keep the fishery healthy. Last year we saw a great age class of 17-19 inch rainbows in the Beaverhead that were about 3 to 4 pounds. Look for this age class of trout to be in the 18-20 inch range and up to 5 pounds. It is going to be a banner year on the Beaverhead and high flows will make for a great late summer hopper season in the Big Hole River.
I am off to the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition in Calgary, Alberta. We will have a booth at the show. If you are attending the show stop by to check us out. The Event is January 28th-30th.