SOUTHWEST MONTANA

Fly Fishing spot guide

Whether you are headed out for the weekend or just a quick evening run, we have the information you need to catch fish. Our home waters include the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Clark Fork, Jefferson, Madison, Rock Creek, and Georgetown Lake. We also spend time on a lot of the smaller waters as well. Be sure to call if you don’t see it here. 406-494-0707

River restrictions now in effect. For the most current info, check here: Fishing Restrictions

BIG HOLE RIVER
Experience the magic of this 155 mile long freestone.
BEAVERHEAD RIVER
Tailwater fish factory, home to some exceptional fish.
JEFFERSON RIVER
Vast vistas, solitude, and the chance at an amazing trout.
UPPER CLARK FORK RIVER
A wade angler’s paradise.
ROCK CREEK
Perhaps the best dry fly fishery in the state.
GEORGETOWN LAKE
A chance at trophy brook trout make this a must fish spot.
WARM SPRING PONDS
Only a handful of waters on the planet produce trout like you will find here.
BOULDER RIVER
Remember your childhood and cast dries to eager trout.

SOUTHWEST MONTANA

Fishing Reports

Big Hole River

ABOUT THE SPOT: The Big Hole River in Montana is a renowned destination for fly anglers. This iconic river stretches approximately 155 miles, flowing through picturesque valleys, rugged canyons, and open meadows. It is known for its pristine waters, abundant trout populations, and breathtaking scenery.

REPORT: Check river restrictions before you head out. Summertime dries! Golden stones will be around for most of the summer. Throw in PMD's, PED's, caddis, and yellow sallies, and you'll be in for a great time. Don't skip the low light streamer fishing either!

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Dry Flies

  • #8-#16 Chubby Chernobyl
  • #8-#12 Unabomber
  • #8-#14 Water Walker
  • #10-#18 Purple Haze
  • #14-#16 Miracle Caddis
  • #14-#16 Missing Link Caddis
  • #16 PMD's
  • #12-#16 Stimi's

Nymphs

  • #6-#14 Pat's Rubberlegs
  • #10-#12 Double Bead Stone
  • #10-#12 San Juan Worms
  • #14-#16 Perdigons
  • #14-#16 Spanish Bullets
  • #14-#18 Copper John
  • #14-#18 Jig Frenchie

STREAMERS

  • #4 Bee Buggers
  • #4-#12 Coffey Sparkle Minnow
  • #6 Montana Humdinger
  • #6 Daddy's Money
  • #6 The Grinch
  • #2-#8 Sex Dungeon

Beaverhead river

ABOUT THE SPOT: Originating from Clark Canyon Reservoir, the Beaverhead River is renowned for its exceptional trout populations. Anglers can expect to encounter trophy-sized trout, making it a dream destination for those seeking a challenging and rewarding fishing experience.

REPORT: Sallies and PMD's. There are a few people around, so be courteous with each other. Go early or late and you will have the place to yourself! Start working to find those sneaky dry fly eating fish. They aren't easy, but they are worth it.

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Dry Flies

  • #16 Guide Winna Spinna PMD
  • #16 Tiltwing PMD
  • #16 Parachute PMD
  • #14-#16 Yellow Sallies
  • #14-#16 Stimulators
  • #14-#16 Miracle Caddis
  • #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis
  • #16 Rocky Mountain Mint
  • #16-#20 Purple Haze

Nymphs

  • #16-#18 Splitback PMD
  • #16-#18 Jighead PMD
  • #16 Jighead Sally
  • #14-#16 Jighead Scuds
  • #16 Barr's Emerger
  • #16 Ray Charles
  • #16 Eddie Vedder
  • #16-#18 Zebra Midge

STREAMERS

  • Sparkle Minnow
  • Sex Dungeon
  • Thin Mint
  • Daddy's Money
  • Montana Humdinger

Jefferson river

ABOUT THE SPOT: The Jefferson features a mix of riffles, runs, and deep pools, providing a variety of fishing conditions and techniques. Anglers can enjoy the serenity of the river and its surrounding landscapes, without the hustle and bustle often found on more heavily trafficked waters.

REPORT: Hoot owl restrictions in place. Head out early! Summer stones, PMD's, evening caddis. Head this way before water temps start to creep up. Early, early morning streamer fishing is worth the trip!

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View Jefferson Stream Flows

Dry Flies

  • #6-#10 Golden Stones
  • #12 March Browns
  • #8-#14 Chubby Chernobyls
  • #14-#20 Caddis
  • #12-#20 Purple Haze
  • #16 Miracle Caddis

Nymphs

  • #8-#14 Rubberlegs
  • #14-16 Spanish Bullets/Perdigons
  • #12 San Juan Worms Pink or Red
  • #14-#16 PMD Nymphs
  • #8-#16 Prince Nymphs
  • #12-#16 Hare's Ear

STREAMERS

  • Montana Humdinger
  • Daddy's Money
  • Sluggos
  • Dungeons
  • Sparkle Minnow
  • Peanut Envy

Upper Clark Fork River

ABOUT THE SPOT: A product of years of mining activities and the subsequent cleanup, the Upper Clark Fork provides anglers with great wade fishing opportunities and a chance at some truly exceptional fish.

REPORT: Hoot owl restrictions in place. Go fishing early and then go cool off! Nymphing through the deep corners will prove most successful! PMD's and caddis too! Don't forget some little sculpin patterns!!!

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View Upper Clark Fork Stream Flows

Dry Flies

  • #14-#20 Purple Haze
  • #14-#16 PMD's
  • #16-#18 Rocky Mountain Mint
  • #14-#16 Caddis

Nymphs

  • #14-#18 Frenchie
  • #14-#16 Firestarter
  • #16 Barr's Emerger
  • #16 Ray Charles
  • #16 Eddie Vedder
  • #16-#18 Zebra Midge
  • #16 Splitback PMD

STREAMERS

  • #4-#8 Sculpzilla
  • Wooly Bugger
  • Lil Kim
  • Montana Humdinger
  • Daddy's Money
  • Pocket Dweller

Rock Creek

ABOUT THE SPOT: Rock Creek is renowned for its dry fly fishing, with numerous hatches throughout the season. From the famous salmonfly hatch in early summer to the prolific caddis and mayfly hatches, anglers can experience thrilling moments as trout rise to the surface to feed on these insects.

REPORT: Rock Creek is into its summertime groove. Pick your favorite foam attractor, and drop a little jighead nymph behind it! Fishing has been outstanding!

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Dry Flies

  • #12-#14 Ho Candy
  • #16 Fat Angie
  • #16 Voodoo Doll
  • #16 Micro Chubby
  • #10-#14 Chubby Chernobyl
  • #10-#18 Purple Haze
  • #14-#16 Miracle Caddis
  • #14-#16 Missing Link Caddis

Nymphs

  • #10-#12 San Juan Worms
  • #12 Gummy Worms
  • #8-#14 Rubberlegs
  • #14-#16 Lightning Bugs
  • #14-#16 Frenchies
  • #14-#16 Spanish Bullet/Perdigones

STREAMERS

  • Lil Kim, Bee Bugger
  • Sparkle Minnow
  • Daddy's Money
  • Sex Dungeons
  • Pocket Dweller
  • Mini Dungeons
  • Sculpzilla

Georgetown Lake:

ABOUT THE SPOT: Located in the beautiful Flint Creek Valley, this lake offers a serene and picturesque setting for anglers. Home to trophy class rainbow and brook trout, the clear waters of Georgetown Lake provide excellent visibility, allowing anglers to spot and target their desired fish.

REPORT: Damsels during the day and huge caddis in the evening!!! what more could you want. The best times at Georgetown are right now! Balanced Leeches, San Juan Worms, and jighead leeches along the shorelines.

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Dry Flies

  • #6 Goddard Caddis
  • #6-#12 Hopper Stone
  • #6-#12 Chubby Chernobyl
  • #6-#12 Water Walker
  • #10-#16 Ants
  • #12-#14 Beetles
  • #12-#14 Damsel Flies

Nymphs

  • #12 Damsel Nymphs
  • #14-#16 Spanish Bullet
  • #14-#16 Perdigons
  • #12-#16 Tungsten Scuds

STREAMERS

  • Balanced Leeches
  • Jighead Leeches
  • Fruit Roll Up
  • Skiddish Smolt

Warm springs ponds:

ABOUT THE SPOT: The Warm Springs Ponds in Montana offer anglers an exceptional chance to catch trophy-sized trout. With their diverse aquatic life and challenging yet rewarding conditions, the Warm Springs Ponds present an exciting opportunity for dedicated anglers looking to test their skills in search of a true trophy trout.

REPORT: Pond 3 and the Hog Hole are both fishing well. Grab your patience and go have some fun! Damsels are out!

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Dry Flies

  • #16 Miracle Caddis
  • #12 Damsel Flies
  • #14 Ants
  • #12-#14 Beetles

Nymphs

  • #12 Damsel Nymphs
  • #12 Rickard Nymphs
  • #12 Chronomids
  • #12 San Juan Worms

STREAMERS

  • #10-#12 Balanced Leeches
  • #12 Jighead Leeches
  • #12 Leech
  • #12 Balanced Damsel Nymph

Boulder River:

ABOUT THE SPOT: Fly fishing the Boulder River near Boulder, Montana, offers an incredible experience amidst picturesque scenery. The river flows through canyons and valleys, providing opportunities to catch wild trout like cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout.

Its clear waters, diverse aquatic life, and peaceful surroundings make it a favorite spot for fly fishing enthusiasts seeking both challenge and tranquility.

REPORT: Caddis and PMD's are our go to patterns right now. Mix in a few terrestrials as well!

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Dry Flies

  • #14-#16 Caddis
  • #14-#16 Purple Haze
  • #12-#16 Chubby Chernobyls
  • #16 Micro Chubbies
  • #14-#16 Ants
  • #14 Foam Beetles

Nymphs

  • #12 SJ Worms
  • #14-#18 Spanish Bullets
  • #10-#12 Stonefly Nymphs
  • #8-#18 Prince Nymphs
  • #14-#16 Hare's Ears
  • #16 Caddis Pupae

STREAMERS

  • #4-#8 Sculpzilla
  • #4-#12 Sparkle Minnow
  • #6 The Grinch
  • #4 Bee Bugger
  • #8 Thin Mint

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