River : Overview
The Beaverhead River is one of the premier brown trout fishing rivers
in Montana. The Beaverhead produces more large trout, particularly brown
trout, than any other river in Montana.
The Beaverhead River begins at Clark Canyon Dam, near Dillon, and flows
for 80 miles to the confluence with the Jefferson
For the first sixteen miles, up to Barretts Dam, the river flows through
arid hillsides. Traversing this section of river, the Beaverhead is rarely
in a straight line for long, as it constantly twists and turns in its
route through the hills. The banks of the Beaverhead River are lined
with willows, cottonwood trees and grass. Due to the excellent nature
of the fly fishing, this section receives very heavy use from float parties.
Access to this section of the Beaverhead River is good, as many official
access sites exist and the river flows partially through public lands.
Below Barretts Dam, the Beaverhead River flows into the valley. Irrigation
takes a heavy toll on the Beaverhead from Barretts Siding down to Dillon.
In late summer during low water years, this section of river may not
be able to be floated due to very low river levels. The fluctuating river
levels also severely hamper the fishing. Except for at the designated
sites, access is difficult as the Beaverhead River flows primarily through
Below Dillon, irrigation use is somewhat less, but the river flows very
slowly through predominantly private land.
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