The Beaverhead River is a 69 mile long tributary of the Jefferson River. The original headwaters was formed by the confluence of the Red Rock River and Horse Prairie Creek, now flooded under Clark Canyon Reservoir. The Beaverhead is a premier Brown trout tailwater fishery, consistently producing more large, trophy class Brown trout than any other river in Montana. Consistent, large Brown trout don't come without a price, fishing the Beaverhead can be a challenge. FWP has implemented float restrictions on the Beaverhead.
BIG HOLE RIVER
The Big Hole River flows 155 miles from its origin at Skinner Lake, near the Idaho border, before confluence with the Jefferson River at Twin Bridges. Its been said that the Big Hole is one of the prettiest rivers in Montana. A nationally known blue-ribbon fishery, the Big Hole is home to large numbers of large, wild rainbow and brown trout. Strict fishing regulations help to maintain quality and tolerable fishing pressure. Don't forget your camera on this float, in addition to trophy trout, wildlife is abundant along the Big Hole. The upper sections of the Big Hole offers opportunity to land Brook trout, Cutthroat or an Artic Grayling, if you're lucky. If you're feeling really lucky, try to time your trip with the famous salmon fly hatch. You won't want to miss it!
The Jefferson River begins in Twin Bridges at the confluence of the Beaverhead, Big Hole and Ruby Rivers, flowing more than 80 miles before meeting the Missouri River at the historic Three Forks. The Jefferson is a more relaxed version of the other rivers we fish. The current is slower, surrounded by hay fields. Water levels can vary from shallow to very deep. You will find Brown and Rainbow trout and uncrowded waters when you fish the Jefferson.
The Ruby River begins in the Gravelly Range, flowing into Ruby Reservoir. Below the reservoir, the river provides views that are second to none, nestled between the Ruby Range and the Tobacco Root mountains. The river ends at Twin Bridges, joining the Jefferson River. Access to the Ruby is more difficult than other rivers, but anglers are rewarded with solitude and good fly fishing. You'll find average size Rainbows and Cutthroat trout. Make your way below the dam for some excellent Brown trout fishing.
Some say its the most famous river in Montana, flowing more than 140 miles from Yellowstone National Park to the confluence of the Missouri River. The Madison provides exceptional views with even better fly fishing. Wild Rainbow trout and large Brown trout are what its all about on the Madison. At over 3,000 fish per mile, bring your dry flies, nymphs and streamers because they are all successful on the Madison.