Beyond the Beaverhead Norm Zeigler As one of the West’s premier destinations for trophy browns and rainbows, Montana’s upper Beaverhead River draws anglers from around the country and the world. With the right guide and gear — most often a drift boat, tiny nymphs, split shot and strike indicator — the upper five or six miles of this fertile tailwater can produce multiple big-fish days. But there is a curious side effect to the Beaverhead’s fame: Many visitors ignore or overlook the region’s myriad other fly-fishing opportunities.


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