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Beaverhead River Fishing Report


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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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, 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

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 Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Fishing is good on the Beaverhead. Please remember that the river remains closed from the Dam down to Pipe Organ Bridge until the 3rd Saturday of May. Fishing below Pipe Organ has been good on Caddis and BWO's. The river remains low until the irrigation season kicks off soon. 

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Beaverhead River Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Saturday, September 03, 2016

Not a good option right now. Clarity is bad and the floating moss is horrible. You will be taking moss off your flies on every cast with dries, nymphs and streamers.

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - 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

Beaverhead River Fishing Report

Info Sunrise Fly Shop - Sunday, September 27, 2015

The flows on the Beaverhead are low. The outflow from Clark Canyon Reservoir is 64cfs. Wade fishing is your only option. The river is so low we recommend giving the fish a break. If you want to get after it find the riffles and pools and you will catch a bunch of fish since they are stacked up in the holes. Our best flies of choice have been #18 Psycho Mayflies, #18 scuds, #18 Micro Mayflies, #10 San Juan Worms.

Flies: #18 Micro Mayfly; #18 Tan Scud; #10 San Juan Worm; #18 Hunchback;  #18 Zebra Midge; #18 Trico Spinner;#18 Trico Comparadun; #16 Rusty Spinner; #16 CDC PMD;#18 Split Back PMD Olive/Brown; #18 Pheasant Tail; #18 psycho Mayfly; #18 Captive Dun ; #6 Fat Albert; #6 Parachute Hopper; #6 Morrish Hopper