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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


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, 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

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The Beaverhead continues to fish very well for us. The Outflow from Clark Canyon Reservoir is 619cfs. You will find hatches of PMD's some yellow sallies and the trico's will be hatching any day now. Nymphing has been getting tough below the dam due to moss. Once you get below High Bridge the nymphing is much easier due to the lack of moss in that section of the river. You will find some flying ants along stretches of the Beaverhead River. We currently do not have any restrictions on the beaverhead River from the dam down to Barretts. 

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Recommended Flies:#18 Zebra Midge; #18 Split Back PMD; #18 Crack Back PMD; #18 Trigger Nymph; #16 Mustang Sallie; #16 Kyle's Yellow Sallie; #18 Comparadun PMD; #16 Purple Haze; #14 CDC Caddis


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Fishing has gotten pretty good on the Beaverhead River lately. The dry fly fishing has been excellent in the afternoons with PMD's and Yellow Sallies. In the evening hours you will have a tremendous caddis hatch. Nymphing has been producing very nice fish. The flows on the Beaverhead are not wader friendly right now. The outflow from Clark Canyon reservoir is 690cfs. 

Recommended Flies: #18 Split Back PMD; #18 Crack Back PMD; #18 Trigger Nymph; #16 Mustang Sallie; #16 Kyle's Yellow Sallie; #18 Comparadun PMD; #16 Purple Haze; #14 CDC Caddis


Saturday, May 20, 2017

The upper Beaverhead River opened today for the general fishing season in Montana. The outflow from Clark Canyon Reservoir is only 114cfs this morning. the wade anglers are thrilled but the drifters will have a hard time below high Bridge. Not much for hatches right now on the Beaverhead. You will do best with sow bugs, scuds, and midge larva. Traffic will be busy there this weekend but should thin out by the week. If you want that tug from a trophy trout head down to the Beaverhead. If you are looking to take your drift boat on the Beaverhead at these low flows you will find it better to drift on the lower stretches. 

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

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great fishing right now on the Beaverhead. You will find PMD's, Yellow Sallies and Caddis hatching on the river. Nymphing has been excellent and if you want to throw dries you will find fantastic dry fly fishing in the slick and on the lower river.  The upper river has been pretty busy but you will be able to find some solitude below high bridge. 

Recommended Flies: #18 Olive/brown Split Back; #18 Hunchback #18 Crack Back; #18 Psycho Mayfly; #18 Micro Mayfly; #16 Kyle's Sally; #18 Zebra Midge; #16 PMD Spinner; #18 Rollin' Stone; #14 Bloom's Caddis; #14 CDC Caddis; #14 X Caddis; #16 Purple Haze