02-05-2013, 11:54 PM
Re: New to MT
It's closed from the dam down to Pipe Organ Bridge until the regular season opener. That's like somewheres around 8 miles of meanders.
That's the stretch that gets hit the hardest and sees the most boats with good reason. It's where you'll typically find the biggest fish though you could find a pig anywhere on the Beav.
It'll be floatable as soon as they start letting out more water for irrigation which will happen before opener.
From Pipe Organ down is open year round and you've got good wade access down to Barrett's. I don't think you could get a drift boat down from Pipe Organ right now without dragging...a lot...there's no real need for one right now anyways.
Once the water gets above 350 to 500cfs (depending on how strong a wader you are and how much you want to die of drowning) it gets really tough to wade and stay in the water and not trespass on the private land that surrounds a sizable chunk of the upper river.
I'm sure you could get a boat down it at around 200 cfs and up but I wouldn't take a boat unless it was higher like around 350 and up. Any lower and it's easy to wade and boats become annoying. Most of the time in the summer it's running pretty high like around 700-900, at those flows a boat is a must and Dean is right, it's relatively narrow, fast and deep. You should be a confident rower and able to maneuver in relatively tight quarters around other boats.
You see a lot of smaller rafts and skiffs on it.
It usually nymphs well at the higher flows but you'll lose a lot of flies to the brush that is dense, for the most part, along the banks and those big fish will head straight into the roots and submerged branches and break you off left and right. It's challenging that way.
When it's low it's an easy wade and pretty easy to fish.
I'm sure it's fishable right now. Call Frontier Anglers and get the lowdown or just head down there and do some recon. You'll figure out pretty quick where you can get access between Barrett's and Pipe Organ.
Oh yeah, in the summer don't forget the bug spray, it's mosquito central once the water gets high.