The Murky Beaverhead

While the majority of our fishing is done on the Big Hole, we can’t forget about how awesome the Beaverhead is. A classic tailwater fishery that runs right through the heart of Dillon and the Beaverhead valley. In our downtime, it is a favorite for myself, Craig and John to go to have a chance at big trout and few people.

This past summer (and the summer before) the river was not usable for the majority of July, August and into September. Murky water and dense algae blooms from Clark Canyon Dam down the the Barrett’s diversion pushed anglers away. Wade Fellin of the Big Hole Lodge is helping to bring this issue to light. He works for the Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, and is working to get this solved. If your around Dillon on Friday, December 9 stop by the Beaverhead Brewing Company to “Meet you Waterkeeper” and learn about this growing problem. We hear there will be some pretty cool prizes, plus the new “Drifted In Winter Ale” is delicious!

Learn more here: Anglers Must Stand Up for the Beaverhead


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Beaverhead R&D

Big Hole 597 cfs—-Melrose
Beaverhead 400 cfs—give or take

The convict and I did an R&D trip on the Beav today and what fun it was. No we did not do the nypmh thing but just the opposite with small dry flies on top. Pretty amazing to be fishing small dries in November but with the warm weather it was happening. We hooked several big fish but boated very few. With using 5x tippet with these small flies it was tough. And we had to use that light tippet as they were pretty persnippity (new word). So when you hook a 24 inch fish on this tackle it’s pretty tough to land them especially on the Beav. But the most fun was in hooking them as we did several and most of them ate our lunch.
This was the kind of fishing my friend Wally would love.
Also with fishing the Beav. or Big Hole now you pretty much have the whole river to yourself.

Justin got a couple pics of some big fish they got on the Beav. and they should be on the site soon.

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