• Clark Canyon Dam – 388 cfs
• Barretts – 550 cfs
• Very good at 4+ feet, gin clear
The Beaverhead River flows are up after dropping during the middle of June. Previous perception during June limited the call for water from ranchers. I expect flows will fluctuate with precipitation levels in an attempt to manage and reserve as much water as possible through the summer. It is peak season on the Beaverhead so traffic is a bit heavy but, fishing is phenomenal! PMDs are hatching in the morning and Yellow Sallies in the afternoons.
Nymphing, dries, and dry dropper all working very well…it’s all good! Clark Canyon Creek has not been an issue and Grasshopper Creek has cleared making the fishing down to Barrett’s (FAS) good as well. Check out our Montana Fly Fishing Vacation Specials to book your trip now!
TACTICS & PATTERNS:
• We are catching trout on PMDs in the morning when the temperatures are cooler.
• Try a Sparkle dun with a rust trailing shuck.
• Try a Drowned or Rusty Spinner if the hatch the day before was heavy.
• Try a Limestone or Flash Cripple or emergers such as a CDC Still-born size #16
• Trina’s paratrooper PMD.
• Yellow Sallies a little later as the air temps rise.
• Stimulators in yellow, olive or royal. Goldie Hawn, Kyle’s HFH Yellow Sally, Gould’s Half-Down Yellow Sally size #14-16
Nymphing with two fly’s and a drop shot leader under an inductor is your most productive method if you are into body counts.
• Pheasant Tails, Mitchell’s Split Back PMD and BWO, Mercer’s Trigger PMD, Half-back Emerger PMD.
• Barr’s Emerger PMD , Burk’s Hunchback Infrequens, Mercer’s Micro Mayfly in brown and olive, Mercer;s Psycho May in brown and olive
• Kyle’s Yellow Sally nymph, Silverman’s BH Epoxy-Back Red Tag Sally, Goldie Hawn, Psycho-prince in orange or dirty pink
• Trina’s PMD angle case emerger PMD, Kyles BH Superflash Pheasant Tail in yellow
• All sized #14-18.
The streamer fishing has been hit or miss unless it is cloudy.
• Old school patterns such as Wooley Buggers in black or olive, Zonkers in natural/pearl and natural/copper and white.
• Mini-loop Sculpin in natural and olive.
• Bow river Bugger’s in brown or olive, Zuddler’s in olive or white.
• All sized #4-8
TIPS: Bring a lot of water and sun-block as well as preparations for that afternoon thunder-boomer. Happy Angling!
For more information on Montana fly fishing and guided fishing trips on the Beaverhead River please contact Fishtales Outfitting. This Beaverhead River Fly Fishing Report 7-4-14 Fly fishing is written by Michael Stack, outfitter and guide.