Fly Fish Beaverhead River Ranch – Private Waters

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Incredible fly fishing, beautiful scenery and solitude!

From the upper river’s grassy meadows to the fast canyons, to the braids and islands in between classic riffles littered with hanging cottonwoods; the Big Hole River is the quintessential Montana trout stream and a favorite with guides and clients.

The owner of the Beaverhead River Ranch is a 4th generation rancher that allows Fishtales Outfitting limited access to the ranch with a limited number of 6 anglers per day, on a rod fee basis, to several miles of the lower Beaverhead River which is not fishable from boats floatable to other anglers.

The Ranch is 1,400 deeded acres with 3.1+ miles of the Beaverhead River frontage. A dry bluff runs the west boundary of the ranch and offers many spectacular views that will take your breath away, including a historical buffalo jump used by Native Americans who inhabited this area long ago.

The large pond sits in the center of the Ranch and is loaded with large rainbow and brown trout. A lovely slough bisects the property as well, adding to the fishable water. The river bottom has stands of mature cottonwoods and thick willows. The habitat for wildlife is incredible and the fishing resources are seemingly endless.

From early season pre-run-off action that can be lightning-fast on streamers and dries, to picture-perfect summer-time dry flies; you can fish for five different species of trout (brook, rainbow, brown, the native grayling and cutthroat) on one river. And of course, radiant September and October, when solitude and ravenous kype-jawed browns await your presentation.

The upper Big Hole meanders its way through several meadows brimming with brook trout, rainbows and the last wild population of Arctic fluvial grayling in the US – all eager risers to your favorite dry fly. We’ve heard from more than one grinning client, “This is exactly what I imagined a Montana river would be like.”


The river fishes much like the rest of the Beaverhead. Weare able to drive through the ranch to some of the spots depending on irrigation and walk upstream to the rest of its winding path that offers countless turns and buckets holding mostly wild browns however, there are a few rainbows as well. Streamers dries and nymphing are all tactics that you might encounter. Hatches include Baetis, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, and great hopper fishing.

On the pond, we approach these bank cruising bruisers much like you might be bonefishing the saltwater flats but with dry flies or crawfish patterns. We walk the banks looking for a cruiser and get into position in front of the fish and lead the fish so the cast doesn’t spook fish. This allows the fly to be the first thing the fish sees as it approaches. It’s a tricky game that gets about 5 out of 10 interested fish to eat and you have to be ready for plenty of refusals. However, when you see that fish eat, be ready and hold on because it’s kind of like lassoing a freight train.

Recommended Flies

Dry Flies

PMD Sparkle Dun
Yellow Stimulator
Biot Parachute PMD
PMD Sawyer or Limestone Cripple
CDC Yellow Sally
Crane flies


Sizes vary from #14-22 depending on specific hatch’s and water conditions.
Beadhead Pheasant Tail
Mitchell Split Back
Psycho May Fly Nymph
Soft Hackle Sow Bug
Zebra Midge


Kiwi Muddler
Bow River Bugger
Silvey’s Sculpin
Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow
Stalcup’s Flash Fry

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