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Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - 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: #18 Psycho Prince; #18 rollin' Stone Sally; #18 Super Flash Pheasant tail; #20 Split Back PMD; #18 Mayhem; #18 tan sow bug; #18 Eddie Vedder; #18 Pandemic; #18 Crack Back PMD; #16 PMD cripple #8 Fat Albert; #8 CFO Hopper; 8 Parachute Hopper

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - 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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This brown trout was taken on a hopper on the Beaverhead River 

Recommended Flies: #18 Psycho Prince; #18 rollin' Stone Sally; #18 Super Flash Pheasant tail; #20 Split Back PMD; #18 Mayhem; #18 tan sow bug; #18 Eddie Vedder; #18 Pandemic; #18 Crack Back PMD; #16 PMD cripple #8 Fat Albert; #8 CFO Hopper; 8 Parachute Hopper

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

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

Recommended Flies: #18 Psycho Prince; #18 rollin' Stone Sally; #18 Super Flash Pheasant tail; #20 Split Back PMD; #18 Mayhem; #18 tan sow bug; #18 Eddie Vedder; #18 Pandemic; #18 Crack Back PMD; #16 PMD cripple #8 Fat Albert; #8 CFO Hopper; 8 Parachute Hopper


Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - 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.


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

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Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The Beaverhead River is one of the tailwaters in the state that remains ice free this time of year. The river is a bit off color today around Dillon. Clark canyon is 88% full right now and we haven't even had any snowmelt entering the reservoir. This is all good news for the fishing season on the Beaverhead. Winter releases from clark canyon have also been better this year, which keeps the fish healthy. 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. It is mainly nymphing right now on the Beaverhead with midge patters, worms, and slow moving deep streamers. 

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Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Thursday, August 31, 2017

Clark Canyon Outflow is currently 435 cfs. the Beaverhead is running at a nice flow but you will have floating and submerged moss on the upper end of the river. From the dam down to high bridge is difficult to fish subsurface due to the moss. The lower stretches of the beaverhead are fishing very well on hoppers. We have done well below Henneberry and Grasshopper creek on the terrestrials. Ants, hoppers and some caddis are hatching on the beaverhead. Clarity has remained good on the beaverhead. 

Recommended Flies: #18 Zebra Midge; #16 Psycho Mayfly; #18 Green Machine #18 Psycho Mayfly black; #10 Panty Dropper Hopper; #8 Romans Hopper; #10 Fat Albert; #4 Smokin' Mirrors; #6 J.J. Special 

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Beaverhead is fishing very well. The water temperatures have warmed up, which has created more bug activity. We have PMD's and Caddis hatching right now on the Beaverhead. The flow out of the dam is 309 cfs. PMD dry fly fishing should be  starting any day now. Our Beaverhead River guides have been doing best nymphing and some streamer fishing on the overcast days. 

Robert Harp with an excellent Beaverhead Rainbow 

Recommended Flies: #18 Split Back PMD; #18 Pheasant Tail; #18 Barr's Emerger; #18 Soft Hackle Sow Bug; #4 Sculpzilla; #4 Smokin Mirrors Black

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Saturday, June 03, 2017

We are lucky to have the Beaverhead River in our backyard. Unlike the Big Hole, the Beaverhead is running clear below the dam. The tough part is that the river is rising daily. Once they stop raising the flows out of the reservoir and stabilize the river it will fish more consistently. We have been guiding on it daily and some days have been better then others. Today the outflow is 494 cfs, which is a great floating lever. We have done well on nymphs and streamers. 

Recommended Flies: #18 Ray Charles; #16 Scud Tan; #18 Zebra Midge; #12 San Juan Worm; #18 Sow Bug Tan/Pink; #18 Micro Mayfly #18 Split Back PMD


Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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. 

Flies: #14 Rollin' Stone Sally; #18 Comparadun; #16 Rusty Spinner #16 Stimulator Yellow; #16 CDC PMD;#18 Split Back PMD Olive/Brown; #18 Pheasant Tail; #18 psycho Mayfly; #18 Mustang Sally; #18 Kyle's Sally; #18 Captive Dun 

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Sunday, June 28, 2015

Flows are up on the Beaverhead and the fish are liking it. The water coming out of Clark Canyon is cold and clean right now. We are finding the start of the PMD hatch. You will find fish up and eating in the slick. Nymphing has been dynamite. Fish are eating a variety of PMD nymphs, and yellow Sallies. Wade fishing is a tough prospect right now. It will help to be in a boat to get to each hole. Our Beayerhead River Guides have had stellar fishing on the Beaverhead River and it should stay consistent for awhile. 


Flies: #18 Split Back PMD #18 Kyle's Yellow Sally #18 Mustang Sally #16 Ray Charles Soft Hackle, #16 Tan Scud, #18 RS2, #16 Sow Bug Tan/Pink, #18 Olive Split Back, #10 San Juan Worm, #18 Barr's Emerger #16 RS2