The races and runnels that form the fabric of the Jefferson River are all legendary, highly productive fisheries. The Beaverhead River forms below Clark Canyon Dam; between here and Dillon is some of the most challenging and satisfying trout fly-fishing in Montana. Much of this fast-flowing river is fished best by floating; during high flows, travelers should consider enlisting the aid of outfitters. Of course, one river does not an anglers’ paradise make: the Ruby, Big Hole, and Red Rock Rivers, not to mention the mountain streams that feed them, are all within easy casting distance from Dillon. Don’t miss Blacktail Deer Creek, just southeast of Dillon, for more leisurely, streamside fishing for brookies and cutthroat.
© W.C. McRae & Judy Jewell from Moon Montana, 7th Edition