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Beaverhead River

Monday, May 29, 11:33 p.m. MDT


Current River Levels

For 7-day, 30-day, and one-year graphs, click bold type below.

GAGE LOCATION

DAY/YEAR
GRAPHS

CURRENT
STAGE/FLOW

WHAT TIME

Red Rock Ck / abv Lakes nr Lakeview

7 30 year

/

N/A

Red Rock Rv / bl Lima Res nr Monida

7 30 year

2.97 / 421

10 pm

Beaverhead / Barretts

7 30 year

1.70 / 520

10 pm

Beaverhead / Dillon

7 30 year

3.22 / 127

10 pm

Beaverhead / nr Twin Bridges

7 30 year

3.60 / 130

10 pm

Beaverhead / Twin Bridges

7 30 year

/

N/A


Weather

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CITY

Dillon

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC


What to Expect in May

How to use this section.


Hatches divided by half-month.  Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

HATCH

NYMPH/
LARVA

PUPA/
EMERGER

DUN/
ADULT

EGG-
LAYER

Blue-winged olive

Grannom

Spotted caddis

Green caddis

Golden stonefly

Salmonfly

Cranefly

Midge

Sculpin

Crayfish

Baitfish


Look for early morning hatches of blue-winged olives; nymphs will also do well at that time of day.

By mid-afternoon, caddis may be hatching, and by evening they should be in full swing. May caddis hatches can be heavy. Bring size 12-16 tan wing/dark body caddis patterns, such as Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis, Casanova Caddis, etc. You can also find blue-winged olive hatches, especially on cloudy days, so put some size 16-18 olive Sparkle Duns, Comparaduns, or Parachute Baetis in your vest; work them along quieter runs, current seams, and in backeddies when fish are rising to a hatch.

Subsurface, dead-drift size 16-18 Pheasant Tails and size-14 Deep Sparkle Pupas, or size 12-16 Princes or Copper Johns near the bottom.

Dark Woolly Buggers, leeches, and their variations are also good choices.

Usually the Beaverhead stays fishable through the runoff season if you stay above Dillon. The stretch from Pipe Organ to Dillon is open year-round, and the Clark Canyon Dam to Pipe Organ stretch opens the third Saturday in May.

For more on May tactics and flies, see the Rivers in General forecast

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