Beaverhead River Fly Fishing Report

The Beaverhead River slides right past Carroll Field, home to the Twin Bridges Falcons. The weather is cool and rainy with some Blue-winged Olives, however, fishing is on hold as the high flying Falcons go into the first round of the playoffs, Saturday beginning at 1:00. Fishing will resume right after the game. So, look […]

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Big Hole River Fly Fishing Report

Last Cast The leaves are full of color, tenuous and for a moment the world seems to have hit the pause button. The last casts of the season before winter are happening today. The last cast for the last big fish before autumn cedes to winter. Today, on the Madison it means casting a Royal […]

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Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Tight line drag drift or trolling the Madison River with a Zonkers or Woolly Buggers. Trout are moving.

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Big Hole River Fly Fishing Report

A few leaves in the trees and fish on a San Juan worm. Throwing streamers with an egg pattern over spawning beds isn’t right and we don’t do it. With clouds come Blue Winged Olives in Size 14. Haven’t seen an October Caddis in October. Odd

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Jefferson River Fly Fishing Report

The Jefferson with partly cloudy skies and new snow in the mountains is fishing better and better. We have been converted to Purple Chubbies and Size 8 San Juan Worms. A nine foot leader with a Purple Chubby as the lead fly then a Size 8 Beaded Pink Worm. Softer water produces bigger fish.

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Smith River Fly Fishing Report

Montana Trout Unlimited Smithriverwatch.org brochure: Why Montana TU is Concerned:Tintina Resources proposes operating the Black Butte Copper Mine in a high-risk acid-producing orebody next to Sheep Creek, one of the most important suppliers of cold, clean water and trout spawning habitat to the Smith River. This proposal creates a long list of concerns: 1. Tintina […]

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Ruby River Fly Fishing Report

The Ruby River is a small, delicate stream that whispers to the streams we fished in our youth. A four weight rod, long leaders and a host of Purple Hazes can rejuvenate the hearts and minds. Pictured: Luke and his Brown in training.

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Big Hole River Fly Fishing Report

Still sunny with a dusting of snow in the high country. Dragging streamers and a variation of egg patterns over spawning beds just isn’t right. Midges if you can catch some shade or a wandering cloud. Royal Wulffs look like flying ants and Big Hole Crawlers work on the Big Hole River. Healing Waters guest, […]

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Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Clear skies, cool temperatures and brown trout starting to spawn. Zonkers, articulate flies, and nymphs. San Juan Worms will catch fish as long as rivers run and the grass grows. Look to the inside bends as the soft water peels towards the banks.

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Jefferson River Fly Fishing Report

Snow in the mountains, clouds in the sky, brown trout are moving to streamers. Woolly Buggers and the hundreds of variations from this noble pattern dominate streamer fishing this time of year. Here are some other patterns that work that all play off the Woolly Bugger: JJ Specials, Yuk Bugs, my beloved Big Hole Crawler, […]

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