Frontier Anglers


United States


680 North Montana Street Dillon, MT, 59725


Latitude: 45.227472

Longitude: -112.628134




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The Beaverhead River is undoubtedly one of the finest trophy trout rivers in Montana, if not the entire Lower 48.   Beginning at the outflow of Clark Canyon Dam, located 20 miles south of Dillon, the Beaverhead River flows north for 60 miles, right through Dillon, and towards the confluence with the Ruby and Big Hole River just downstream of the town of Twin Bridges.  A tailwater fishery with a rich Spring Creek influence, the Beaverhead's prolific hatches of caddisflies, mayflies, little Yellow Sallies, midges, and craneflies create a tremendous food source and a very special fishery for exceptionally large trout.


As our summer
season progresses, fish will also be found feeding on a host of terrestrials.  And when it comes to fishing for cannibalistic, wild trout, the Beaverhead's inhabitants are more than happy to choke down a mouse, small fish, crayfish, or as one of our guides saw, a snake.  Wading anglers beware!  

In March, prolific hatches of blue wing olives and midges kick off our dry fly fishing, followed by the famous Mothers Day Caddis hatch, somewhere around the end of April or first of May.  Sometime shortly after the 20th of June, the PMDs (pale morning duns) will appear.  In short succession, hatches of little Yellow Sallies and numerous different species of caddis stay strong throughout the month of July.  These three major hatches - PMDs, Yellow Sallies, and Caddis - will continue for most of the summer season with varying degrees of intensity.  On most years you'll see PMD's and little Yellow Sallies last clear into the first week of September, with larger and larger Caddis becoming more prevalent in mid-September.  During the first week of August, we start to see Tricos and of course this is when the big "riffle" craneflies start their descent on area waters and can provide the most outrageous dry fly fishing of the year!  Excellent dry fly fishing continues until we get the really cold weather towards the end of November.  With a good mixture of both Brown and Rainbow trout in the upper Beaverhead River, anglers can expect to catch a number of fine trout on most any day of the fishing season.  

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