Beaverhead River Fly Fishing Report


Latest Beaverhead River Reports

  • Spring Special on the Beaverhead River

    It is time to book your Spring Special on the Beaverhead River with Sunrise Fly Shop. We have been running spring trips for over 17 years. This should be a great year to fish the Beaverhead in April. You will find Blue Winged Olives hatching, solid nymphing and the opportunity to throw streamers. Contact us today to book your trip.

    Spring fly fishing in Southwest Montana enables you to fish a variety of styles to produce fish. If you join us for a float trip on the Beaverhead Rivers this Spring we will be throwing dry flies, nymphs or streamers to catch fish. You will find this season to be uncrowded and rewarding. What makes the spring magical is that we get the first large hatches of the year and the trout are ready to eat. You can be the first anglers to tease these trout this spring. It is not uncommon to have your best fishing day of the season in April.

  • Beaverhead River August Fishing Report

    The Beaverhead River has continued to fish well for us lately. The Flows out of Clark Canyon Reservoir have been dropping recently, which is great news. Outflows this morning were 557 cfs and dropping. Clark Canyon Reservoir has turned over and clarity on the upper Beaverhead has diminished. The upper sections of the Beaverhead has been nymphing well with Tungsten Sunkist’s, Hunchback’s, and split back’s. The hopper fishing has picked up lately on the lower sections of the Beaverhead River. We have brought up some massive fish lately on Chernobyl ant’s and hoppers.

    Currently we have no fishing restrictions on the Beaverhead River. All sections are open to fishing.

    Recommended Flies:

    • #16 Hunchback PMD
    • #18 Tungsten Sunkist
    • #16 Split Back Olive
    • #8 Chernobyl Ant Tan
    • #8 Black Magic
    • #8 Morrish Hopper
  • Beaverhead River Fishing

    The Beaverhead River is fishing well for us lately. The flows out of Clark Canyon Reservoir are 886cfs. The Beaverhead is flowing bank full and fast at these flows. Wade fishing is not an option for most anglers but the boat fishing has been good. We are seeing hatches of PMD’s, Caddis and yellow sallies. Dry fly fishing has been tougher at these high flows for most anglers. The best tactic lately has been nymph fishing with PMD’s and yellow sallies. Fish are holding on the edges and in the shallow zones where you find gravel bottom. If you are looking to get out on a guide trip this up coming week give us a call. We currently have a few guides available.

    The Beaverhead River is on Hoot Owl restrictions (2:00 PM to midnight) from the confluence of the Big Hole River to Anderson Lane on the Beaverhead beginning 2 PM on July 19.  This section is on the far lower reach of the River. From Barretts State Park to the Dam is “not” under Hoot Owl restriction, you can fish this section all day. Please call us if you have any questions 406-835-3474.

    Recommended Flies:

    • Split Case PMD #18
    • Trigger Nymph PMD #18
    • Hunchback PMD #18
    • Psycho Prince #12
    • Comparadun PMD #18
    • Tilt Wing PMD #16

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