Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT


Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Near Melrose, MT

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fishing has been tough on the Beaverhead.  The reservoir turned over and the river is off color.  The flows are also dropping since the reservoir is only 36% full.  We have had ok trico and PMD spinner fishing in the slick.  Once you get below high bridge the hatches are bleak.  If you are willing to wade fish the runs and keep changing flies you will get some nice fish to eat.  We are keeping a close eye on the river and once it clears up our guides will be on it.  Dave Shevokas caught this beautiful Beaverhead Rainbow the other day below High Bridge.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fishing has been wonderful on the Beaverhead.  We have Yellow Sallies, PMD's and caddis hatching on the Beaverhead River.  Our Beaverhead River guides have been doing great on dry flies.  You can sit on pods of fish eating PMD's in the slick or fish a single yellow Sallie dry fly below High Bridge and stay hooked up.  Nymphing has been solid on Split Back PMD's and Mustang Sallies.  Flows remain at about 400cfs out of the dam.  The fish are chowing down and fattening up.

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

Sunday, June 8, 2014

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,

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Beaverhead River fishing report has been pretty good.  The Beaverhead is a great wading option right now.  We have had good Blue Winged Olives hatching on the river.  You will find pods of fish rising to the Blue Wings in the afternoons on the overcast days.  Nymphing has remained good on the river with the usual Beaverhead flies. 

Remember that from the Dam down to Pipe Organ Bridge is closed to fishing until the 3rd Saturday of May.  This section of river is closed to protect the rainbows as they spawn. 

Flies: #18 Soft Hackle Ray Charles; #18 Split Back BWO; #16 Micro May Fly; #18 Pheasant Tail; #16 Tan Scud; #18 Bubble Back Emerger

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Not much of a change on the Beaverhead River fishing report.  Flows remain around 27 cfs out of Clark Canyon Reservoir and the flows at Barretts are around 120cfs.  You will have some dry fly midge activity on the overcast damp days.  Your basic midge nymph box will get it done sub surface.  We recommend Micro May flies, Zebra Midges, and sow bugs.

Remember that from the Dam to Pipe Organ Bridge remains closed to fishing until the 3rd Saturday of May.  This section of the Beaverhead River is closed to protect the rainbows during the spawn. Make sure you are fishing below Pipe Organ Bridge to stay legal.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Winter flows remain low on the Beaverhead.  This Beaverhead River fishing report hasn't changed much all winter.  The flow out of Clark Canyon Reservoir is 27 cfs.  The flow at the Barretts guage has an improved flow of 114cfs.  If you find a need to harass these fish during the extremely low winter flows you basic midge box will get it done.  Zebra midges, micro may flies and scuds will fill the nymph recipe.  On the overcast days midge activity on the surface will be seen.

Stay up to date with our Beaverhead River fly shop updates on our Blog.  Spring fishing is around the corner with warming trends happening soon.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Date:    30-Oct-2013

Fishing Report:

The Beaverhead has dropped to winter flows.  Leave the boat at home and get the waders on since you will not get your boat down the river right now.  The fish are in the obvious places right now.  Blue Winged Olives are hatching and your basic Beaverhead nymphs are working well.

For winter updates stay in touch with our blog.


#18 Kyle's Bent Sally, #18 Tungsten Sally, #18 Scuds pink/olive/tan #20 Micro Mayfly, #18 Splitback PMD, #18 Zebra Midge, #18 copper john #16 Snow Shoe Sally, 18 PMD Comparadun

Previous Reports

Date:    24-Jul-2013

Fishing Report:

Fishing remains very good on the Beaverhead.  Flows out of Clark Canyon Reservoir remains at 750cfs.  PMD's and Yellow Sallies have been hatching well on the Beaverhead.  You will find good dry fly fishing in the slick and below High Bridge on PMD's and Sallies.  The Nymphing remains very consistent.  Look for the fish sitting on the edges of runs and in the 3 foot chop water.


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