The Jefferson River
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This river is the least fished of the three. I would imagine simply for the reason it is furthest from a large population source (Bozeman, Mt.) It's waters come from The Beaverhead and the Big Hole Rivers (where they merge at Twin Bridges, Mt.) The river itself is set in a very 'western" area with splendid views and wildlife to captivate any visitor. The fish are good size and plentiful too.

Although the river has a fairly good population of insect hatches (with mayflies ranking high on this list) I often wind up throwing sculpin patterns as I seek the fish on this river. Muddlers, black sculpin and streamers of all kinds will score well on the "Jeff."

Access is obtainable in many locations and since it is fairly remote any access normally will suffice since the fishing pressure is off. If you want to float the Jeff then my only suggestion would be to check out both areas that you select as your access and egress. The reason being... sometimes an access is very difficult to retrieve a drift boat from (because of washout cuts). And while you are here in this area be certain to waste a few hours at the Lewis and Clark caverns. I often take visitors (who come to my place) to this state sponsored cave. In the heat of summer it is a constant 58 degrees and quite refreshing.

This is one river I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to fish late and sleep under the stars. And, one last thing for the die-hards... Big zonkers and buggers fished at night will yield a bunch of black background photos of some very large trout and you with a very big smile.

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