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Beaverhead River Fishing Report
Near Melrose, MT
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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, 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

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.

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

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 

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


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

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