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Beaverhead River Fishing Report
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Thursday, February 07, 2019

The Beaverhead River is predicted to have a banner season for us. Clark Canyon Reservoir is 90% full for this date in time and when we have runoff in the spring it should fill to capacity. We will have excellent flows this season on the Beaverhead. Our winter flows on the Beaverhead have been around 200cfs which is fantastic for the trout. The winters we have had in the past when flows remain above 100cfs has allowed the fish to grow and stay healthy, also it has helped the fish habitat and bug life. Our spring fishing packages are available again. We are excited to have our own lodging this spring for our clients. Click here for more information. 


February 7, 2019 at Sunrise Fly Shop

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Winter has set into the Big Hole and Beaverhead Valleys. The trout are in hibernation mode and so are many anglers. Here are some updates for the holiday/winter season at Sunrise Fly Shop. 

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In the Winter of 2019 we will be hosting another trip to Belize. We have 1 spot still available for each week. We are going to be in Punta Gorda, Belize at the Copal Tree Lodge https://copaltreelodge.com fishing for permit, bone fish and tarpon. 

February 23rd - 28th 1 spot available ( 2 anglers)

March 2nd - 8th 1 spot available ( 2 anglers)

Give us a call to book or gather more information on this incredible trip 406-835-3474.

Below are photos from last years trip


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Clark Canyon reservoir has flipped, which typically happens this time of year. When the reservoir flips the water is murky coming out of the spillway. Fishing has been tough from the dam down to Barretts. Our best fishing has been through the Dillon stretches below Barretts. Streamer fishing and some hoppers in the afternoon has been getting it done. When the clarity improves up top near the dam we will let you know. Flows still remain good out of Clark Canyon reservoir. Look for the flows to start dropping soon as irrigation demands subside. 

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Recommended Flies:

#8 Parachute Hopper
#8 CFO Hopper
#8 Fat Albert
#16 PMD cripple
#18 Pandemic
#18 Crack Back PMD
#18 Eddie Vedder

#18 tan sow bug
#18 Mayhem
#18 Super Flash Pheasant tail
#18 rollin' Stone Sally
#18 Psycho Prince
#20 Split Back PMD

Monday, September 03, 2018

The Beaverhead has continued to fish well. You will find pockets of PMD's, some tricos and a few stray Yellow Sallies. Look for the trico's and hoppers to take charge this week. We have had some fantastic hopper fishing on the Beaverhead recently. Flows out of clark canyon reservoir are currently @ 600cfs. It is time to get out and enjoy the last of the hopper fishing because fall is around the corner. 

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Recommended Flies:

#8 Parachute Hopper
#8 CFO Hopper
#8 Fat Albert
#16 PMD cripple
#18 Pandemic
#18 Crack Back PMD
#18 Eddie Vedder

#18 tan sow bug
#18 Mayhem
#18 Super Flash Pheasant tail
#18 rollin' Stone Sally
#18 Psycho Prince
#20 Split Back PMD

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fishing has been pretty good on the Beaverhead lately. We have been fishing from High Bridge down to Barrett's. You will find yellow sallies below High Bridge. The hopper fishing has been pretty good from Henneberry down stream. If you stick with the hopper you will be rewarded with a tremendous brown trout. You will find moss below the dam until you get to High Bridge. The water below High Bridge is clear and the moss is not putting a damper on your fishing. The Flow out of Clark Canyon Reservoir was 651cfs this morning. 

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Recommended Flies:

#8 Parachute Hopper
#8 CFO Hopper
#8 Fat Albert
#16 PMD cripple
#18 Pandemic
#18 Crack Back PMD
#18 Eddie Vedder

#18 tan sow bug
#18 Mayhem
#18 Super Flash Pheasant tail
#18 rollin' Stone Sally
#18 Psycho Prince
#20 Split Back PMD

Sunrise Fly Shop Guide Andy Barkley with a great hopper eater on the Beaverhead River

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Beaverhead River currently has an outflow of 750cfs. The Beaverhead River has been fishing very well for us over the last several weeks. We have been enjoying hatches of PMD's, Yellow Sallies and caddis. It has been a fantastic big fish month on the Beaverhead River. You can stalk fish rising to PMD's and sallies right now or sling some nymphs on the bottom. The river remains crystal clear and we look for this fishery to keep bending rods for awhile. 

Recommended Flies:

#16 PMD cripple
#18 Mayhem
#18 Eddie Vedder
#18 Pandemic

#18 Crack Back PMD
#18 tan sow bug
#22 Split Back PMD

Hanging some Nice fish lately on the Beaverhead River

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Beaverhead River has been fishing well. Our Beaverhead River guides have been finding some nice fish lately. With Clark Canyon Creek running dirty due to the heavy rain we have been forced to fish up near the dam. Since the rain is supposed to subside starting tomorrow, Clark Canyon Creek will clear up and you will be able to fish below High Bridge. We have found some PMD's and Sallies hatching but the bulk of the hatch is still yet to come. Nymphing has been the name of the game lately with some streamer fishing working as well. 

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Recommended Flies:

#6 Black Sculpzilla
#12 Tan San Juan Worm
#16 PMD cripple
#18 Mayhem
#18 Eddie Vedder

#18 Crack Back PMD
#18 tan sow bug
#18 Pheasant tail
#18 Pandemic May
#22 Split Back PMD

Friday, May 25, 2018

We have had a great start to the season opener on the upper Beaverhead River. Flows are dropping out of Clark Canyon reservoir @ 580 cfs this morning. The upper Beaverhead has been all nymph fishing lately. You will not find any hatches but the nymphing has been good. We have been throwing sow bugs, scuds, and san juan worms. You will want to stay on the stretch above grasshopper creek since it is running muddy. You will find a bunch of wade anglers near the dam stretch. Once you get below High Bridge the crowds thin out. 

Recommended Flies:

#18 tan sow bug; #18 Eddie Vedder; #12 Tan San Juan Worm; #18 Pandemic May; #18 Pheasant tail; #6 Black Sculpzilla

#6 Black Sculpzilla
#12 Tan San Juan Worm
#18 Eddie Vedder

#18 tan sow bug
#18 Pheasant tail
#18 Pandemic May

Our Client John with a nice trout from this week on the Beaverhead

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Outflows from Clark Canyon Reservoir continue to be over 600cfs. Clark Canyon reservoir is 100% full and we will have a fabulous water year on the Beaverhead. We have been fishing from Pipe Organ bridge downstream. You will find caddis hatching on the river. Sub surface we have been using caddis nymphs, and san juan worms. Grasshopper creek is off color so fishing below that has been tough. From pipe organ bridge down stream is crowded since it is one of the few places in Montana with clear water. We have also been getting them on streamers. The J.J. has been the streamer of choice lately on the beaverhead. 

Remember if you are going to fish the Beaverhead that you must remain from Pipe Organ Bridge downstream until the 3rd Saturday of May. The upper river is closed to protect the rainbows while they spawn.

Spring Special guided fishing details are here. Packages starting at $595 per person 

Sunrise guide Rutger Wilson with a recent trout from the Beaverhead River

Monday, April 23, 2018

The flows are up out of Clark Canyon Reservoir. Today the outflow is 600cfs. They will be matching the inflow with the outflow starting tomorrow. Clark Canyon Reservoir is 100% full, which is great news for spring fishing and summer fishing on the Beaverhead River. Fishing has been good below Pipe Organ bridge. With the increased flow the worm fishing has been the ticket. With the burst of cold water to the system hatches have been bleak. Streamers and nymphing san juan worms has been the best source of protein for the fish. Remember if you are going to fish the Beaverhead that you must remain from Pipe Organ Bridge downstream until the 3rd Saturday of May. The upper river is closed to protect the rainbows while they spawn.

Spring Special guided fishing details are here. Packages starting at $595 per person 

Sunrise Fly Shop guide Andy Barkley with a nice brown from the Beaverhead recently