Ruby River Fly Fishing in Montana

Fish The Ruby River

The perfect wade fishing trout stream.

The width of a small street, the picturesque Ruby presents views of mountains in all directions as you cast your fly to cut-banks and into deep, fish-filled, pools. If casting dries to ample 12-17” browns sounds right up your alley, then make sure to include a day on the Ruby.

Along the with the incredible fishing, you’ll also enjoy incredible scenery. A truly beautiful Montana alpine valley view surrounds the upper river.

Originating in the Gravelly Range, the upper Ruby is a freestone river before it settles and forms the Ruby Reservoir.  Characterized by short riffle corners, plunge pools and boulder runs, the upper Ruby has more pocket water than down river.

Here you will find rainbows, cutthroats and a few nice browns. This is an area that offers a great opportunity for beginners, as it is home to very healthy population of Arctic grayling which are eager to rise to your dry fly.

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The lower Ruby is a western tailwater. She has prolific and predictable hatches of caddis, mayflies and stoneflies all providing food for its healthy trout population. Near the dam, you will catch more rainbows than browns on small Beatis and Caddis nymphs, while the lower stretches are home to mostly brown trout.

The lower Ruby looks like a spring creek with lots of overhanging willows and cut banks. Its easily-waded gravel bottom is perfect for the angler casting dry flies upstream to rising browns.

Abundant hatches of PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, and Caddis are common, but the Ruby’s hottest action would be mid to late summer when the rivers larger browns are really looking for ‘hoppers; explosive strikes make for truly exciting fishing!

Plan your Montana flying fishing adventure now!

Recommended Flies

Dry Flies

Elk Hair Caddis
Yellow Stimulator
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff


Pheasant Tail
Prince Nymph
Copper John


Wooley Bugger
Yuk Bug
Yellow Yummie
Lyle’s Choice
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