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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Montana Trifecta

Jefferson River below Twin Bridges, MT

Beaverhead River at Twin Bridges
Montana Trifecta - Beaverhead, Big Hole and Jefferson Rivers. Posted by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. This is a beautiful area of Montana containing three different river of world-wide fame. First try the Beaverhead. Guides are readily available from Dillon, MT on I-15 or Butte, MT at the junction on I-15 & I-90. Beware that if you bring your own boat and you are from out of state, only certain sections are open on certain days. Check with local fly shops for float permits. WARNING: The water can be cloudy if you are fishing the lower stretch down near Twin Bridges due to field irrigation. 

Big Hole River at Twin Bridges
Then there is the famous Big Hole, where you should match the hatch early, but a San Juan and Salmon egg are very effective in the fall. This water is usually clear except during spring run off. While there try staying in Wisdom, MT for the glory of an old western town. Guides are available in Wisdom, Dillon and Butte. This is a great river to wade almost year round. The scenery is breathtaking. 

Next go down to the Jefferson at Twin Bridges, MT. The Beaverhead and Big Hole come together here and even when the water is murky, there can be some enormous browns and rainbows to be had on large colorful streamers. The fish are not numerous, but their size can easily make up for the lack of numbers. While in Twin Bridges, be sure and visit the RL Winston Rod Company and ask for a tour.

Jefferson River at
Big Hole/Beaverhead junction
About 25 miles below the bridges, the Jefferson meets the Gallitin and the Madison to form the headwaters of the Missouri and become what I call the Montana Grand Slam. So give them a whirl on you next visit to Montana. If you have a week or two you can do the Grand Slam and the Trifecta all in one trip.

Happy Idaho fly fishing and do visit our neighbor to the east--the Big Sky state of Montana.

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          Bull River - Montana

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