The temperatures this winter have been up and down. We have had bitter cold sub zero weather and then warm spells with unseasonable weather. Currently, we are in a nice stretch of weather with air temperatures reaching 40 degrees in the afternoons. It has been a good time to get out and wipe the dust off the fly rods and wade fish some runs on the Beaverhead. Your basic nymph box is all you need right now to have some success. For the most part the trout are in winter mode and they will be active only during the heat of the day for about 2 hours in the afternoon. Things are looking up for the spring season on our Southwest Montana fly fishing waters. Snowpack in the Beaverhead drainage could use a boost but we have plenty of drainages that feed the Beaverhead with snowpack in the 90% – 100% range. Even though we still have a lot of winter left here in Southwest Montana we are itching for spring fishing on the Beaverhead. Check out our current Spring fishing packages.
The Beaverhead River continues to impress. We have great hatches of PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and Caddis. You will have pods of fish rising to PMD’s in the morning and Yellow Sallies throughout the afternoon. The Caddis fishing in the evening is crazy good right now. Nymphing has been very good throughout the day with Split Back PMD’s and Trigger nymphs. Mustang Sally Nymphs and Kyle’s Sallies have been fishing well. Flows remain excellent and the fish are healthy and putting up some serious tugs on our clients lines.
Happy Clients and big fish on the Beaverhead River right now
Flies: #18 Split Back PMD, #16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug, #18 Pink Ray Charles, #18 Mustang Sallie, #18 Kyle’s Sallie, #18 Larimer Sallie, #18 PMD Comparadun, #16 Stimulator #18 Micro Mayfly, #4 Black Sculpzilla, #6 Sparkle Minnow
Flows have increased out of Clark Canyon Reservoir. We now have a flow of 520cfs out of the dam. The water is still pretty cold so the hatches have not started up near the dam. We have been manly nymphing on the Beaverhead River. The fish have been actively eating and we have seen some nice ones to start the month. We have been staying above Grasshopper Creek. The Beaverhead River fishing report has been consistent lately and the fishing is improving with the increase in flows out of the reservoir.
Flies: #18 Split Back, #16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug, #18 Pink Ray Charles, #10 San Juan Worm, #18 Micro Mayfly, #4 Black Sculpzilla, #6 Sparkle Minnow,