Great fishing right now on the Beaverhead. You will find PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and Caddis hatching on the river. Nymphing has been excellent and if you want to throw dries you will find fantastic dry fly fishing in the slick and on the lower river. The upper river has been pretty busy but you will be able to find some solitude below high bridge.
The upper Beaverhead River has been fishing well. We have had our guides on the river this week. A tan S.J. worm, and #18 olive split backs have been working well. River conditions are great right now on the Beaverheread with an outflow @ 680 CFS. Dry fly activity has been limited and nymphing has been pretty good.
Recommended Flies: #18 Olive/brown Split back; #14 tan S.J. Worm; #18 Pheasant Tail #18 tan Scud; #18 Ray Charles; #18 Micro Mayfly #18 Psycho Mayfly
It’s opening day on the Beaverhead. Don’t get too excited, it’s blown out below Clark Canyon Creek. So you have about a mile and a half of clear water from the Dam down to Clark Canyon Creek and you will not be alone. Nymphing will be your most productive style of fishing. #18 Ray Charles, #18 sow Bugs, #14 Micro Worms, #18 Zebra midges and #18 rainbow warriors.
Happy new year to everyone and we are glad to get out our first Beaverhead River fishing report of the season. It’s pretty quiet in Southwest Montana and we are enjoying a great valley snowpack and a slightly above average snowpack for the Jefferson drainage, which includes the Beaverhead River valley. Currently Clark Canyon Reservoir is 50% full so an above average snowpack will increase the chances of the reservoir filling up this spring. The Beaverhead is a good place to get some winter fishing done. You have options of Poindexter Slough and everything below Pipe Organ Bridge is open to fishing right now on the Beaverhead. It’s been a pretty chilly winter in Southwest Montana. We have seen only a handful of days reaching above 32 degrees in the valley. We will keep you posted throughout the winter season.
The flows on the Beaverhead are low. The outflow from Clark Canyon Reservoir is 64cfs. Wade fishing is your only option. The river is so low we recommend giving the fish a break. If you want to get after it find the riffles and pools and you will catch a bunch of fish since they are stacked up in the holes. Our best flies of choice have been #18 Psycho Mayflies, #18 scuds, #18 Micro Mayflies, #10 San Juan Worms.
Flies: #18 Micro Mayfly; #18 Tan Scud; #10 San Juan Worm; #18 Hunchback; #18 Zebra Midge; #18 Trico Spinner;#18 Trico Comparadun; #16 Rusty Spinner; #16 CDC PMD;#18 Split Back PMD Olive/Brown; #18 Pheasant Tail; #18 psycho Mayfly; #18 Captive Dun ; #6 Fat Albert; #6 Parachute Hopper; #6 Morrish Hopper
The Beaverhead River has been fishing very tough lately. Clark Canyon Reservoir has a dirty outflow and the river is rather mossy. It has been a tough prospect up there, hopefully it improves. You will find hatches of Tricos and PMD’s. The lower Beaverhead River has been fishing well with hoppers. Outflows of Clark Canyon is currently 301cfs. You will do best on the upper Beaverhead River if you fish the 3 foot riffles so you don’t collect moss on your nymphs.
Flows out of Clark Canyon are dropping but they have stabilized at 600cfs. We have had great fishing from the Dam down to High Bridge. You will find PMD’s hatching in the mornings with a nice spinner fall in the slick. Nymphing has been consistent with #18 Split Back PMD’s and #18 Crack Back PMD’s. Some basic nymphs have been working like #18 Pheasant Tails and tan Scuds. We have not had the Yellow Sally hatch this year that we have all been used to on the Beaverhead. We are not sure why but the bugs are not out in the numbers we have seen in the past. Our Beaverhead guides have had great fishing lately and it should continue all week. Our shop is equipped with all the hot Beaverhead bugs, stop in for advice and tactics.
The Beaverhead River fishing report from out guides have been nothing but great lately. The hatches have finally started to get the fish looking up. You will find hatches of PMD’s and Sallies during the day and Caddis in the evenings. The flows are high right now on the Beaverhead, which will make for tough wading right now but great drift boat fishing. We have had good dry fly fishing in the slick and good dry fly fishing below high bridge and down to Grasshopper boat ramp. You will not find solitude on the Beaverhead right now but don’t worry their are plenty of fish for everyone on the Beaverhead.