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Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

MELROSE WEATHER

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

Monday, April 13, 2020

From all of us here at Sunrise Fly Shop, thank you for the continued support

Check out our Essential Gear Raffles! Purchase your raffle slots for an opportunity win amazing fishing gear and apparel. 10% of the money from every raffle will be donated to the UNICEF Disaster Relief Fund. https://shop.sunriseflyshop.com/raffle-ticket-1997056/

On April 7th Governor Steve Bullock extended the directives he issued to protect Montanans from COVID-19 by slowing the spread of the virus in Montana. The directives now go through April 24th

The extension covers the closure of nonessential businesses, the stay at home order, school closures, on-premises dining and beverage operations, eviction and foreclosure suspensions and the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for travelers coming into Montana for non-work-related travel.

You can still give us a call and place an order 406-412-3463 or shop our online store www.sunriseflyshop.com where you will find a great assortment of Patagonia, Simms, Abel, Ross, Scott, Winston, and so much more. We are also working to get all of our flies up on our online store. If you don't see the exact fly you are looking for online, please give us a call. We have over 500 different fly patterns in stock and we can help you find what you are looking for. Also, we are offering free shipping on all online orders!

Big Hole Fly Selections

#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Pat's Stone
#6 Flash minnow
#10 Chubby Chernobyl Olive
#12 March Brown

#8 Mr. Beam
#8 Bullet Head Skwalla
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#8 San Juan Worm
#12 Pheasant Tail
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

Friday, March 27, 2020

Feel Good Friday

In an attempt to raise spirits and give our customers something to look forward to every week, we are going to be doing a weekly promotion on our website. Throughout the duration of our COVID-19 shutdown we are going to be conducting weekly sales on our online store. Every Friday we will send out a coupon code on Instagram, Facebook, and here on our fishing reports page that will give you massive discounts on certain categories.

This weeks discount code is FEELGOODFRIDAY and it gets you 20% off all reels and flies. This coupon code is valid through Sunday, March 29.

Click here to start shopping now!

From all of us here at Sunrise Fly Shop, thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Update

On Thursday March 26 Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28.

In compliance with this directive from our Governor, Sunrise Fly Shop will be closing its retail store, shuttle business, lodging, and guide service until April 10th. It is vital that we all take the appropriate precautions to stay safe and to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

You can still give us a call and place an order 406-835-3474 or shop our online store shop.sunriseflyshop.com where you will find a great assortment of Patagonia, Simms, Abel, Ross, Scott, Winston, and so much more. We are also working to get all of our flies up on our online store. If you don't see the exact fly you are looking for online, please give us a call. We have over 500 different fly patterns in stock and we can help you find what you are looking for. Also, we are offering free shipping on all online orders!

 20% off All Reels Coupon Valid through 3/29

20% off All Reels Coupon Valid through 3/29

20% off Flies Use coupon Code: FEELGOODFRIDAY 

#8 Bullet Head Skwalla

#8 Mr. Beam

#14 Chubby Olive

#8 Rogue River Skwalla Black

#4, #6 J. J. Special

#4, #6 Sparkle Minnow

 20 % off flies from 3/27 - 3/29 Browse our hot spring flies

20 % off flies from 3/27 - 3/29 Browse our hot spring flies

 20 % off all Reels Coupon Valid through 3/29

20 % off all Reels Coupon Valid through 3/29

 Browse our hand selected flies of the week

Browse our hand selected flies of the week

 Limited Edition Ross 20 % Coupon Code Valid through 3/29

Limited Edition Ross 20 % Coupon Code Valid through 3/29

Sunday, March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update

As we all know, COVID-19 is a major health risk and everyone needs to do their part to help stop the spread of the virus.

As important as it is to stay informed about the Coronavirus and take steps to protect yourself, it is also healthy to have an outlet. Fishing, if done while practicing safe social distancing, is a great way to escape from all of the stresses these unprecedented times can cause.

We here at the Sunrise Fly Shop want to help you get all of the gear that you might need for your spring fishing in Southwest Montana, but in order to help stop the spread of the virus, we will need to conduct business just a little differently.

FLY SHOP

In an effort to protect our customer, our employees, and our families, the fly shop will not be open in a traditional retail store capacity. All orders will need to be placed either online or over the phone. The shop will be open starting on March 28th for Online Store Pick Up and Telephone Orders Only (406) 835-3474. Coming later this week we will have preselected “flies of the week”. These prepackaged flies will be hand selected by our shop staff for the week’s conditions and will be available for online and phone orders. We will be happy to hand select any of our flies in stock for store pickup or mail order. Keep a look out for these fly packages starting in April. Nearly all of our products will be available online, but if you are looking for a specific item that you don’t see online, just give the shop a call and we can put together an order over the phone.

Our online store is open now, so head to https://shop.sunriseflyshop.com and see what new gear you might need for this spring. You can even pre-order for a March 28th pick-up. Additionally, if you are in Melrose and you need something from the shop and you haven’t placed an order, just knock on the door. If we are able to maintain safe social distancing, we will be happy to help you get any product or advice that you might need.

Temporarily, think of us like a To-Go Fly Shop.

We will be conducting business in this unorthodox manner until we have assurances that person-to-person contact is once again safe.

LICENSES

If you need to get a 2020 Montana fishing license we suggest that you go to the Montana FWP website and purchase a license online https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html

For the time being, we will not be able to sell hunting or fishing licenses at the fly shop.

SHUTTLES

Unfortunately, at this time we will not be running shuttles. We are currently exploring ways to run shuttles while keeping both our customers and our employees safe from exposure to the virus but we have yet to come up with a safe solution.

Wi-Fi

If you are in Melrose and want to place an order you are welcome to access our Wi-Fi from the fly shop’s parking lot.

Network: Sunrise Fly Shop

Password: 4064122563

OTHER SERVICES

Butte-Silver Bow County has ordered that all bars and restaurants shall be closed. That means that both the Melrose Bar and the Hitchin’ Post are not open for business. You can still get fuel at the Melrose Bar if you have a credit card.

FISHING REPORT

The Beaverhead River is in good shape. Remember it is closed to fishing from Clark Canyon Dam down to Pipe Organ Bridge until the 3rd Saturday of May. The river is fishing well below Pipe Organ Bridge. On the warmer days we are seeing great midge hatches. Sub surface we are doing well on midge nymphs. For about an hour or two the streamer fishing can be good with a deep slow moving streamer.

Reminder: Coming in April we will have preselected “flies of the week”. These prepackaged flies will be hand selected by our shop staff for the week’s conditions and will be available for online and phone orders. Keep a look out for these fly packages starting in April.

Thank you for understanding the changes that we have had to make to try and help stop the spread of the virus. We are excited about the start of the fishing season and we look forward to helping you with all of your fishing needs. Give us a call anytime (406) 835-3474.

#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 J.J. Special
#6 Flash minnow
#18 Shop Vac

#18 Midge Cluster
#18 Soft Hackle Ray Charles

#18 Zebra Midge

#18 Psycho May Black

 Coming Soon Flies for sale online or store pickup

Coming Soon Flies for sale online or store pickup

 A few Limited edition Ross Reels Still available online

A few Limited edition Ross Reels Still available online

Monday, January 27, 2020

January Update - Simms Sale items - Spring Special

It is late January here on the Beaverhead River. The Beaverhead River is one of the few fisheries that you are able to fish year round. Since it is a tailwater fishery and has a spring fed influence it stays rather ice free on the upper reaches. Please remember the upper reaches are closed from Clark Canyon Dam down to Pipe Organ Bridge until the 3rd Saturday of May. Currently, you can fish from Pipe Organ Bridge down stream to Barretts park. As far as snowpack goes we are seeing an average winter so far. Clark Canyon Reservoir is currently 82 % full. The Outflow from Clark Canyon reservoir is 88 cfs and the inflow is 182 cfs. When spring runoff hits we might see a full reservoir this year. This all bodes well for a great season on the Beaverhead River.

It is time to start thinking about Spring fishing. We are running our very popular Spring Special again. Here is the link for information on the Spring Special.

We have many exciting sale products currently on our online Store. You can Find Simms Headwaters Boots - Felt 25% off.  Also we have in stock the Simms Rip Rap Sandal - Felt 30% off. Simms Guide jacket -Loden 20% off. Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody - River Camo 25% off

Click Here to visit our sales page on our online Store   Free Shipping on Orders over $75.00

Friends of ours at Big Sky Sotheby's Realty currently has a great house for sale to land you in the fishing mecca of Dilllon, Montana. View the listing here 

 Simms guide Jacket 20% off

Simms guide Jacket 20% off

 Simms Headwaters boot Felt 25% off

Simms Headwaters boot Felt 25% off

 Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody 25% off

Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody 25% off

Monday, November 25, 2019

Shop With us for Small Business Saturday

Winter has set into Southwest Montana. We had the coldest October on record for Montana and now we are experiencing a rather mild November. Tailwaters such as the Beaverhead and Missouri have been fishing well. You will find good streamer fishing and nymphing sow bugs and midges. We have some spots available from February 8th - 15th at Copal Tree Lodge in Punta Gorda, Belize. If interested give us a call 406-835-3474

Get all of your shopping needs done on Small Business Saturday on our new online Store. Shop Now! 

USE CODE "THANKYOUFROMSUNRISE" at checkout for 15% off your online order! 

You will find the New Ross Evolution LTX Limited Edition reel, Abel Vaya Reel and many sale items from the 2019 season!

Free Shipping on all orders over $75.00

 Jon us February 8th - 15th in Belize! Book Today 406-835-3474

Jon us February 8th - 15th in Belize! Book Today 406-835-3474

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Beaverhead River is down to about it's winter flow for the season. The outflow from Clark Canyon reservoir is 120cfs. The walk waders are happy but the drift boat guys are done for the year on the Beaverhead. You should find blue winged olives hatching and some midges. Streamers can be good on the overcast days and your basic nymph patterns are working well. CDC pheasant tails, zebra midges, WD 40's and micro mayflies have been on the menu for the fish. Enjoy the nice fall weather and hit it before the next snow storm.

 

Guide trip availability the next two weeks! End of the year discounts on lodging! Give us a call 406-835-3474

 

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#4 Smokin' Mirrors
#4 Sparkle Minnow
#4 Little Kim Copper
#6 Flash minnow
#18 BWO Parachute

#12 Purple Rooster
#12 Red Copper John
#12 Silver Lightning Bug
#16 Split Winged BWO
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

 It′s the season for fall colors and beautiful brown trout

It′s the season for fall colors and beautiful brown trout

Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019 Beaverhead River Fishing Report - Big dries and streamers. Red hot or frigid cold!

The flows are hovering around 300 CFS, making for great floating and wading right now. Blue wings have started on the right day, but its still the big dry that has been most productive on the top. Folks going down there have either been experiencing incredible fishing or are struggling to hook a single fish. One day its magical, the next is stagnant.

Our guides have also been reporting the same, so if you are willing to roll the dice it can pay off big. In the last two weeks, we have had both our best Beaverhead days and our worst Beaverhead days this season.

Stripping streamers has picked up tremendously, with that being a fun and consistent way to get into big trout. It is important to get down in the water column, so weighted flies with a proper sink tip is important. Holler if we can help you get your streamer game dialed in this fall. We have rods and the perfectly matched sinking lines that will have you casting far and true with the big uglies.

Give us a shout for the latest report. 406-835-3474

-Dan Soltau

#4 Lil Kim Tan
#4 CH JJ Special
#6 She-Demon Bugger Copper
#10 Glommer
#8 Carnage Stone
#10 Frankenhopper Peach
#8 Fat Albert High Viz

 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 1st, 2019 - Beaverhead River Fishing Report - Grass. Hoppers.

If you walked through a grassy in Southwest Montana lately, you know what's going on. There is a shocking abundance of grasshoppers, and the rivers with higher flows, especially the tailwaters such as the Beaverhead and Madison are experiencing a hopper year for the ages. A tan, pink, peach, or olive hopper in about a #10 or #12 is all you need along with a spool of 3x tippet and 9' or leader. Tight to the bank has been best on the Beaverhead with some stellar trout being caught.

If the bite goes cold temporarily, try a drowned hopper, a worm, and/or a tiny mayfly nymph. Streamers also can cash in this time of the year. The hopper program is best suited from the boat, and can be an uphill battle for wading anglers.

We have guides to put you on the hopper bite on the Beaverhead available daily! Call us for the latest word! 406-835-3474.

-Dan Soltau

 

 #4 Smoke & Mirrors JJ
#8 Mojo Minnow
#4 Little Kim Tan
#10 Al's Glommer
#10 Chernobyl Ant - Tan
#10 Kicking Hopper
#8 Franken Hopper

Big hopper eating brown trout for Lynn Harp on the Beaverhead River!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

August 27th, 2019 Beaverhead River Fishing Report - Hoppers. Grasshoppers. Crickets.

Undoubtedly, you have heard about this summers hopper fishing, and the Beaverhead is at the top of the list. Quality trout on grasshopper patterns. Presentation has been key and with tight drifts there have been explosive strikes of the surface. Small hoppers in tannish, yellow, or pink tones with nice legs that make a nice commotion.

If the hopper bite is quiet, streamers have also been effective. For those looking to nymph, a small dark mayfly is choice, along with an attractor like a worm or a cranefly larvae. Getting down is key, so look for troughs through the moss and start there.

Give us a shout for the latest word or stop by on your way to the Beaverhead or your next time eating at the Hitchin Post. 406-835-3474.

-Dan Soltau

#4 Smoke & Mirrors - JJ
#8 Mojo Minnow - Yellow Perch
#4 CH JJ Special
#20 Zebra Midge - Silver &/or Copper
#18 Psycho May - Black
#10 Water Walker - Peacock
#8 Water Walker - Peanut

#16 Sparkle Flag Ant - Black
#12 Hot Bead Gummy Worm
#10 BH Cranefly Larvae
#10 CFO Chernobyl Ant - Peach
#10 Al's Glommer
#10 Chernobyl Ant - Black & Tan
#16 Blue Winged Olive Comparadun

Monday, August 19, 2019

8/19/19 Beaverhead River Fishing Report - Dropping flows and hoppers!

With the PMD hatch behind us, we are still seeing sallies along with some evening caddis. Nymphing has been most effective with a slightly shallower rig, and possibly a large attractor nymph such a worm or cranefly larvae. Small midges and trico-esque nymphs have been producing hook ups as well. Find the troughs between the weeds and hold on.

So far, it has been a pretty awesome run of hopper fishing. Tight casts and proper presentations have been required, and the results have been oversized trout. At 473 CFS out of the dam, it is still favoring the floating aspect but wading anglers can get in a little better as it drops. It's below 200 CFS by the time it reaches Dillon, and 150 in Twin Bridges so float lower with caution knowing it could be a mud slog. Lots of water going to the hay fields right now.

We have had guide boats on the Beav' lately, and the trout have continued to be thick and healthy. Holler for the latest word. 406-835-3474.

#8 Glommer Chernobyl
#10 Morrish Hopper Tan
#10 Parachute Kicking Hopper
#10 Hot Bead Burgundy Worm
#18 Crystal Serendipity
#16 Soft Hackle Sow Bug

#8 Carnage Hopper

 

#8 Mojo Minnow
#20 Zebra Midge Black/Silver
#18 Psycho May Black

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