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Beaverhead River, Montana - Fishing Report -
October 1
8, 2016
There is rain ending today. The river is low with low discharges. That makes it
possible to wade in some sections. Drift boats can still fish and are really
catching some big brown trout. They are pre-spawn and in some cases probably
actually spawning.

Stream Conditions:

7 Day Weather Forecast:
There is a chance of rain through today then
. Highs will range from 45 to 57 degrees and lows from 29 to 36 degrees.

Recommended Trout Flies:
Rate: 126 cfs
Level: 0.71 ft.
Afternoon Water Temperature: 53
Clarity: Clear
USGS Real-Time Stream Flow Data Barratt Dam
Midges: Blood (Red), sizes 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Cream, size 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Light Green, size 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Blue-winged Olives, size 18/16, nymphs, emegers, duns and spinners
Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin, size 4/6
Brown Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin, size 6
Green Sedges, caddisflies, size 16/14, larva, pupa and adults
Spotted Sedges, caddis, size 16/14, larva, pupa and adults
Mahogany duns, size 18, nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners
Tricos, size 20, nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners
Sandwich Hoppers, Green, size 8, 10, 12,
Japanese Beetles, size 16/14
Carpenter ants, size 16/18
Strategies, Techniques and Tips:
The Olive Matuka and Black Matuka Sculpin Streamers are great flies to use for the
larger trout. Crawl them on the bottom in the deepest water. Brown Sculpin and White
Belly Sculpin are great flies to use at this time of the year.
Various species of Blue-winged Olives are hatching.
We still think a good strategy is to fish a tandem Midge rig under a small strike indicator
with the midge lava as the bottom fly and the midge pupa as the top fly. Fish the adult
midge only when you observe trout feeding on the surface.
Green sedges, or caddisflies, are starting to hatch.
Spotted sedges are hatching.
Grass hoppers, Carpenter ants, and Japanese Beetles will soon become important.
Pale Morning duns are hatching.
Tricos are hatching.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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