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

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

Discover the ultimate guide to Montana fly fishing with our fishing reports for the Big Hole River, Beaverhead River, Jefferson River, Upper Clark Fork River, Boulder River, Rock Creek, Georgetown Lake, and Warm Spring Ponds. Stay ahead with up-to-date information on water conditions, insect activity, and the best fly patterns, our expert insights will help you have a successful day on the water.

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: The big bugs have arrived! Salmonflies and golden stones have made their annual emergence. Don't miss out on this epic hatch!

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View Big Hole Stream Flows

Recommended Flies: Big Hole River

Dry Flies

  • #4 Fluttering Stone Salmonfly
  • #4-#10 Chubby Chernobyl
  • #6-#12 Unabomber
  • #10 Water Walker
  • #6 Sleezy Rider
  • #6-#8 Juicy Stone
  • #10-#12 Purple Chubby
  • #10-#18 Purple Haze
  • #14-#16 Miracle Caddis
  • #14-#16 Missing Link Caddis

Nymphs

  • #6-#12 Pat's Rubberlegs
  • #10-#12 Double Bead Stone
  • #10-#12 Pink or Red San Juan Worms
  • #14-#16 Red Copper John
  • #14-#18 Chartreuse Copper John
  • #14-#18 Jig Frenchie

STREAMERS

  • #4 Bee Buggers
  • #4-#12 Coffey Sparkle Minnow
  • #6 Montana Humdinger
  • #6 Daddy's Money
  • #6 Mini Circus Peanut
  • #2-#12 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 just getting started. Flows are high, so be careful wading.

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View Beaverhead Stream Flows

Recommended Flies: Beaverhead River

Dry Flies

  • #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

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

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: Get the streamer box loaded up. Time to go looking for the big one!

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View Jefferson Stream Flows

Recommended Flies: Jefferson River

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
  • #16-#20 BWO Nymphs

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: Nymphing through the deep corners will prove most successful! PMD's and caddis too!

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View Upper Clark Fork Stream Flows

Recommended Flies: Upper Clark Fork

Dry Flies

  • #14-#20 Purple Haze
  • #14-#16 Miracle Caddis
  • #16-#18 Rocky Mountain Mint
  • #14-#16 Missing Link Caddis

Nymphs

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

STREAMERS

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

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: Salmonflies and golden stones!!! Higher water means bigger fish! Look for that soft holding water.

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View Rock Creek Form Stream Flows

Recommended Flies: Rock Creek

Dry Flies

  • #6 Fools Gold Salmonfly
  • #6 Morrish Still Stone
  • #6 Cat Vomit
  • #6 Rastaman Salmonfly
  • #8 Water Walker Golden
  • #8 ODB Stone Golden
  • #10-#12 Purple Chubby
  • #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

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: Balanced Leeches, San Juan Worms, and jighead leeches along the shorelines. Remember south and east shoreline closures in effect until July 1.

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View Georgetown Lake Elevation

Recommended Flies: Georgetown Lake

Dry Flies

  • #10-#16 Ants
  • #12-#14 Beetles

Nymphs

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

STREAMERS

  • Balanced Leeches
  • Jighead Leeches

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!

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Recommended Flies: Warm Springs Pond

Dry Flies

  • #16 Miracle Caddis
  • #12 Damsel Flies

Nymphs

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

STREAMERS

  • #10-#12 Balanced Leeches
  • #12 Jighead Leeches
  • #12 Egg Sucking 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: Nymphs and streamers have been the ticket. A few small dries around as well.

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View Boulder RIver Flows

Recommended Flies: Boulder River

Dry Flies

  • #14-#16 Caddis
  • #14-#16 Purple Haze

Nymphs

  • #12 SJ Worms
  • #14-#18 Spanish Bullets
  • #10-#12 Stonefly Nymphs
  • #18-#20 Zebra Midges

STREAMERS

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

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