The Beaverhead River

Below Clark Canyon Dam, the Beaverhead River becomes a tailwater river and holds the largest concentration of large brown trout per mile than anywhere in Montana. The banks are lined with willows making casting difficult, so floating is the best option. Be careful wading the Beaverhead as the area is known for its large concentration of rattlesnakes.

Water Details

    Best Time to Fly

    The section from Clark Canyon Dam downstream to Grasshopper Creek is closed until early May and once it opens it can be busy, but it’s worth it. In mid-June through early August, the PMD hatch overlaps with caddis and small Yellow Sallies stoneflies.

    What You'll Catch

    • Rainbow trout
    • Brown trout
    • Whitefish

    Recommended Flies

    • Dry flies
    • Nymphs

Fishing Reports and Trips

  • Fishing Reports

  • Our up-to-date fly fishing reports provide you with a comprehensive look at fishing conditions for the Madison River and Ennis Lake. Data includes effective patterns for dry flies, nymphs and streamers, as well as recent hatch information.

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  • Float Trips

  • Are you looking to float down the best rivers Montana has to offer while in search of that trophy catch? The Tackle Shop full-day and half-day float trips are just the ticket. Our all-inclusive adventures allow you to sit back and enjoy the ride.

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  • Walk/Wade Trips

  • For a more immersive and slower-paced angling experience, book a full-day or half-day walk and wade fly fishing trip with The Tackle Shop. The Madison River Valley in Montana is full of world-renowned waters for fishing and beautiful, scenic backdrops.

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