Hatches Are Coming Soon

The Beaverhead River has been fishing well some days and rather tough other days. We have seen no lack of crowds on the Beaverhead due to most of the freestone rivers running high. The Clark Canyon Reservoir outflow today is 318 cfs. Wade fisherman are happy with these low flows. We have had our best fishing from the Dam down to Grasshopper Creek. You will find Grasshopper Creek running muddy, so fishing is tough below there. Pretty soon we will see the first of the PMD hatch. Currently, we are doing best nymphing with PMD’s, Blue Winged Olives and sow bugs.

Recommended Flies:

Soft Hackle Sow Bug #16

Scud (Orange) #16

Splitback PMD #18

Micro Mayfly (Olive) #16

Barr’s Emerger (PMD) #18

Opening Week On The Beaverhead

The Beaverhead River has been fishing well lately. The flows out of Clark Canyon Reservoir are only 297cfs right now. The wade anglers have the pleasure of tromping anywhere they want to right now. We have had good fishing around the dam and all the way to Grasshopper Creek. Currently, the creek is dumping muddy water into the Beaverhead. We recommend staying above Grasshopper Creek for better water clarity. We have been doing well with Sow Bugs, Scuds, and olive midge nymphs. The water is still very cold coming out of the reservoir so hatches are sparse. This is a great place to be right now while the freestone rivers are blown out with runoff.

Walk Wading The Beaverhead River

The Beaverhead has been fishing well for us the past few days. Flows out of Clark Canyon Reservoir are only 65cfs right now. You will not get a boat down the river at these flows. It is the perfect walk wade river right now. We have done well wading below Pipe Organ Bridge and around grasshopper creek. You will find blue wings on some days and caddis hatching. Our best fishing has been sub surface with scuds, sow bugs and mop flies.

Remember: FISHING IS CLOSED FROM THE DAM DOWN TO PIPE ORGAN BRIDGE UNTIL MAY 21st. This closure is in place to protect the rainbow trout spawn.

Winter Update and Job Posting

Winter is finally in full swing in Southwest Montana. our freestone rivers are locked up and frozen and some of the tailwaters have fishing opportunity. Snowpack is hovering around 110% for the Big Hole and Beaverhead drainages. We still have a lot of winter left and it is way to early to predict river flows for Spring 2022.

Job Posting:

Sunrise Fly Shop in Melrose, MT is looking to hire experienced fly fishing guides for the upcoming season. Sunrise Fly Shop is a unique kind of fly shop. We are energetic, enthusiastic, and provide exceptional customer service. We are passionate about the sport and are in the fishing industry because we love it. The staff at Sunrise Fly Shop loves to fish. Even though we guide hundreds of days a year, we can’t wait to fish ourselves. We are looking for individuals with a similar mindset.

We need professional, hard-working, team-oriented people with a passion for fly fishing, the outdoors, and hospitality. Guides can expect to work 100 to 130 days during the guide season. Proficiency rowing a boat is required.

  • Provide fun, professional, safe, and entertaining fishing trips on the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Upper Clark Fork Rivers.
  • Own their own gear, including drift boater raft, rods, reels, and terminal tackle.
  • First-Aid certification
  • Montana Guide License
  • Keep accurate logs of all trips and have a willingness to learn and follow the Big Hole and Beaverhead Special Use Rules and Regulations
  • Willingness to work a demanding schedule with long hours for our entire season (usually April through October)

If interested please email your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Clarity has diminished on the Beaverhead River due to Clark Canyon Reservoir being only 30% full and the reservoir has turned over. Flows this morning out of the reservoir are 350cfs and dropping. The only luck we have had lately is on hoppers on the Beaverhead. You might also have some luck on Trico’s near the dam. Fishing has been tough and hopefully improves for us. The clarity needs to improve out of the reservoir before things get better.

No fishing restrictions above Tash Bridge to the Dam

Fishing Restrictions on the Beaverhead:

From the mouth to Hwy 91 S (Tash) downstream Hoot Owl fishing Restrictions

The hoot-owl fishing restriction, which prohibits fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight, will be in effect on portions of the Beaverhead River from the mouth to Hwy 91 S (Tash).

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

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The Beaverhead River has been fishing well lately. Flows are currently high with an outflow from Clark Canyon Reservoir of 808cfs. We have been seeing the start of the PMD hatch on the Beaverhead. Nymphing has been the name of the game but look for the dry fly fishing to pick up soon. You will also find Yellow Sallies in the week ahead. Caddis are hatching during the evening, which has made for exciting dry fly fishing.

Lodging is available June 20th – 27th. Give us a call to book your reservation 406-835-3474


#18 Split Case PMD
#16 Trigger Nymph (PMD
#16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug
#18 Mayhem Nymph
#16 PMD Comparadun
#18 Jig Frenchie

#16 Jig Lightning Bug
#12 Bloom’s Caddis
#16 Purple Haze
#16 Split Winged PMD

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Beaverhead River Fishing Report

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The Beaverhead River has been fishing well lately. We have been fishing from the dam down to Grasshopper Creek. Below Grasshopper creek is off color due to snowmelt. We are not finding dry fly fishing but the nymphing has been consistent. We are doing well with sow bugs, scuds and jig head nymphs. Flows out of Clark Canyon Reservoir are low right now. The wade fishing has been easy in all areas of the river.



#16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug
#16 Orange Scud
#16 Pil Popper tan
#16 Jig Frenchie Olive Thread
#16 WD40 Olive
#16 Shop Vac Olive



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Beaverhead River Fishing Report

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The Beaverhead has been fishing well below Pipe Organ Bridge. Flows are low so leave the boat home and wade fish. We have done well nymphing sow bugs, blue winged olive nymphs and caddis nymphs. Remember that the upper Beaverhead River is closed from the Dam to Pip Organ Bridge until the 3rd Saturday of May to let the rainbows Spawn. Below Grasshopper Creek has been muddy so call for up to date information on the clarity down below Grasshopper Creek.

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Scott Centric Fly Rod

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We have the new Scott Centric  9 ft. 5 weights 905-4 and 9ft. 6 weight 906-4 fly rods in stock!

Looks like we are down to winter flows on the Beaverhead River. It has been a great year on the Beaverhead and the fish are very healthy moving into fall and winter. They have dropped the outflows of Clark Canyon Reservoir to 50 cfs. It is a wade fishing only proposition now on the Beaverhead. The river is fishing well and running clear. It is rather easy to identify where the fish are at these low flows. You will find hatches of Blue Winged Olives right now. Check out our Fall Special fishing packages.

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Beaverhead River Fishing Report

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The Beaverhead has slowed down dramatically recently. We are having tough fishing from the Dam down to barretts. The flows have dropped and the water coming out of the reservoir is off color and tons of moss is floating down stream. It is hard to fish anything other than a dry fly and maybe a streamer. If you throw any nymphs you will picking up a moss salad. Hopefully this improves but for now we suggest fishing elsewhere. Check out the new Scott Centric fly rod. We have them in stock and we are ready to ship them out.

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In accordance with the directives of both the State of Montana and Silver Bow County, below are the rules for entering the fly shop

  1. No customers with COVID-19 symptoms may enter the fly shop
  2. Only 3 customers may be in the fly shop at one time
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