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Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Sunday, October 22 2017

Gallatin River 467 cfs @ Gallatin Gateway

Big Sky Montana Fly Fishing Trips

Gallatin River Fishing Report

The streamer bite was good on the Gallatin yesterday. Maybe now, with a lack of insect activity fish will be more eager to chase down a big meal. Natural colored streamers like Shiela’s Sculpin and the Mini-Loop fished well yesterday. Nymphing and dry fly fishing have been slower than usual the last few days.

Smaller Pat’s Rubber Legs, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Lighting Bugs, baetis patterns and more have all been producing. Highly recommend keeping the Rubber Legs or similar pattern as your point fly and playing around with smaller droppers. There has also been some decent dry fly fishing between 1 and 3pm more or less. Small baetis patterns have been best or try a bigger dry with a small emerger as your dropper.

Some dry fly action in the afternoons if you’re in the right place at the right time. Smaller is better for dries. Try 18-20 Sprouts, Parachute Adams or similar patterns.

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Want to get out on the water? Let us hook you up with a fishing guide for a half day on the Gallatin River or stop by for our hot bug recommendations for fly fishing on Montana’s rivers and creeks.

Thinking of a late summer or fall Montana fly fishing trip? Lots of water means good fishing through October and beyond. September hoppers on the Lamar and big angry browns on the Madison in October… we’ve got lots of great options.

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Updated reports for the Gallatin River coming to you from our backyard in beautiful Big Sky, Montana.

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FLY OF THE WEEK

Koichi's Snowshoe Spruce Moth

Koichi’s Snowshoe Spruce Moth

Hook
Standard Dry 7000 – Bronze
Thread
Uni – Thread – Light Cahill 8/0
Wingcase/Feelers
Snowshoe Rabbit Feet – Natural
Body
Frog’s Hair – Caddis Tan
Hackle
Hackle – Cream

Upper Madison River 1030 cfs @ Cameron

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips Montana Fly Fishing

Upper Madison River Fishing Report

The walk wade section from Quake Lake to Lyons Bridge has been the most consistent fishing on the upper we’ve experienced the past couple of weeks. Fishing are being caught with nymphs, dries and streamers. Pat’s Rubber Legs, Lightning Bugs, Dips, and other small baetis and midge nymphs have been best. On top fish small Sprouts or your favorite baetis dry pattern.

Sunny days have actually been producing some of the better dry fly days FYI.

Some better reports coming from the float sections, but it’s been very pattern specific and the people who are stopping and working buckets have been seeing the most success. San Juan Worms, JuJu Baetis, Zebra Midges and similar patterns have been good.

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Thanks for checking out our Madison River Fishing Report brought to you from Big Sky, MT.

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Lower Madison River 1510 cfs @ McAllister

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips

Lower Madison River Fishing Report

This lower section has been consistently good. A mix of flies and techniques have been producing. Swinging and dead-drifting Clouser Crayfish, Zonkers, sculpin patterns, soft hackles and more has been producing.

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Thanks for checking our our Lower Madison River Fishing Report brought to you from beautiful Big Sky, Montana. Also serving Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman, the Missouri River, and locations in between.

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Yellowstone River 2310 cfs @ Livingston

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Trips

Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Some really good reports have been coming from the Stone on days when wind or mud haven’t put a damper on it. Most notably there has been a great afternoon baetis hatch some days that has offered hours of great dry fly fishing. Pat also through a Chubby/ Pat’s Rubberlegs combo and did pretty well while floating.

Baetis have been more active on sunny days as of late FYI.

Contact us if you’d like us to hook you up with one of our spring creek specialists, as we have many, and our owner loves it over there.

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Thinking about Guiding in Montana?.
Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school.
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Just want to Fish More?. Here are some stories of past graduates. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

Contact us today for more information.

Have you noticed more Women out on the Yellowstone recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. Great for becoming an independent angler or expanding knowledge.
Check out out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

Thanks for checking out our Montana fly fishing report for the Yellowstone River Fishing Report brought to you from beautiful Big Sky, Montana. Also serving Bozeman, Ennis, West Yellowstone, Belgrade and Livingston, Montana.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Trips

*Yellowstone National Park Fishing Report*-

Last day to fish in Yellowstone Park until 2018 season is Sunday November 5th.

It’s been crowded most days, especially the weekends FYI.

A couple notes about rules in the park. It is illegal to use lead weight in the park, so refrain from using lead split shot and flies that may contain lead wraps, such as commercially tied Pat’s Rubber Legs. Non-lead weight is acceptable. Also, the regulations state that rubber worms are also not allowed. With the growing popularity of Gummy Worms we thought that might be good information to share.

NE Corner
Reports have waned significantly from the NE corner due to weather changes and fluctuating water flows. These colder days will likely allow Lamar and Soda Butte to clear up and there may still be a few days left of Drake Mackerels? Small baetis are certainly around. Guessing the same is true of Slough Creek. Don’t expect many more fishing reports from this part of the world for the remainder of the season.

Madison Inside YNP
This has become a very popular spot. Fishing has been good for some and not good for others. Standing a few feet upstream or downstream in a run can mean the difference between catching and not catching fish. Most anglers are packing in around the park boundary to Barnes and Bakers.

Sounds like there has been some conflict in the park due to mixed feelings about river etiquette. All I can say is treat other anglers the way you’d like to be treated. If you want a less crowded experience you will often find it on other rivers in the park or the Madison outside of the park, although in between the lakes and Raynolds Bridge can still be quite busy most days.

Sounds like the nymph anglers have been doing the best in the park. Patterns have ranges from larger Pheasant Tails to small Lightning Bugs and Zebra Midges. Streamer guys and swingers tend to move significantly fewer fish throughout the day.

Considering a Montana to fly fish for trout or to fish with a Big Sky fly fishing guide or Yellowstone National Park fly fishing trip. They try our most unique fly fishing trip: Three Rivers in Three Days Trip: Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park or Missouri Rivers are on your Montana fly fishing trip list, contact us today.

Thinking about Guiding in Montana?.
Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school.
Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Just want to Fish More?. Here are some stories of past graduates. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

Contact us today for more information.

Have you noticed more Women out in the park recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. Great for becoming an independent angler or expanding knowledge.
Check out out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

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