Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Gallatin RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report

8/12

Spruce Moths are still around, but we'll see if they make it much past the much welcomed "cold" front of 70-degree temps.  The moth's taller and skinnier terrestrial cousin, the hopper has been getting some attention in some stretches of the Gallatin.  Mainly in Yellowstone National Park. 

Nymphing has been productive with midges and small mayflies (16-20).  Large pheasant tails in some faster water might find some eager fish as well.  Swinging soft hackles with either a floating or sinking line has been productive for some as well.         

There is an unusually excessive amount of algal growth in the Gallatin this summer. Not really known what the cause is just yet. It can be found from the park boundary all the way into the canyon. Local scientists are looking into the possible cause. 

A good weather station to check the weather near the fly shop here.

Flies

Pat’s Rubber Legs, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Lighting Bugs, Midge, and Caddis patterns have been producing. 
Streamers – Smaller is better, slowly stripped or swung. Slow is key. 
Dries - X-Caddis, Parachute Adams, Micro Chubbies, Royal Wulff's, Humpy's.  

New to the Gallatin?  We have guides with 25 plus years experience fishing the Gallatin near Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana ready to share their Montana fly fishing knowledge with you.  We offer two hour, half day and full day walk wade trips on the Gallatin River. Don’t need a guide? We have the flies and info to help you be successful on a DIY mission.     

Check out our "YouTube Channel" for up to date video fishing reports, fly tying and other information. 

Our Fly Fishing Guide School has helped lots of anglers achieve their dream of being a fishing guide.  With monthly schools throughout the spring, summer and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule. Learn more here.    

Even the NY Times has caught wind of the growth of women in the fly fishing industry.  Gain the skills to fish confidently on your own in our Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School

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

FLY OF THE WEEK

A great dirty water pattern that can save the day in spring and early summer.

Hook

2x long nymph hook, sizes 12-18

Bead

Gold colored Brass

Thread

Red 8/0 or 70 denier

Tails

Brown goose biots

Body

Peacock herl

Rib

Small gold tinsel or Flashabou

Wing

Silver holographic tinsel, cut at angle to mimic biots

Hackle

Brown hen neck

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Upper Madison RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Early and late is the name of the game.  Midday heat has put the fish down pretty good.  Nymphing as always has been the most productive, but the nocturnal stone bite has been good early, and hoppers are turning some nice fish throughout the day.  Look for spruce moths where appropriate.  Dead drifting streamers and smaller nymphs (16-18) has been producing fish. Spankers, dips, and lightning bugs have been fishing well.  Fish have been eating streamers early am, but you have to work for it.  As always, the Madison has it's good and bad days in August.   

New to the Madison?  We have guides with 25 plus years experience fishing the Madison ready to share their knowledge with you.  We offer full day float and walk-wade trips on the Madison River. Don’t need a guide? We have the flies and info to help you be successful on a DIY mission.     

Check out our "YouTube Channel" for up to date video fishing reports, fly tying and other information. 

Our Fly Fishing Guide School has helped lots of anglers achieve their dream of being a fishing guide.  With monthly schools throughout the spring, summer and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule. Learn more here.    

Even the NY Times has caught wind of the growth of women in the fly fishing industry.  Gain the skills to fish confidently on your own in our Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School

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

Lower Madison RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Lower Madison River Fishing Report

The tube hatch is on fire, as is the water. Temps have been staying above 70 degrees.  Leave your rods at home, bring some keystone light, a sober driver and some sunscreen.  Some water guns are always good if you want to make friends with another group of floaters.  If the heat keeps up, we would expect (and hope) that the Hoot Owls start mating soon and no fishing is allowed after 2.  

Have you been hearing about two-handed spey rods or know a fishing buddy that fish’s a spey rod for trout and want to learn more? Check out this article written by GRG’s Assistant Manager Shane Stalling that aims at demystifying this rapidly growing fly fishing niche

New to the Madison?  We have guides with 25 plus years experience fishing the Gallatin ready to share their knowledge with you.  We offer full day float trips and walk-wades on the Madison River. Don’t need a guide? We have the flies and info to help you be successful on a DIY mission.     

Check out our "YouTube Channel" for up to date video fishing reports, fly tying and other information. 

Our Fly Fishing Guide School has helped lots of anglers achieve their dream of being a fishing guide.  With monthly schools throughout the spring, summer and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule. Learn more here.    

Even the NY Times has caught wind of the growth of women in the fly fishing industry.  Gain the skills to fish confidently on your own in our Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School

Thanks for checking out 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.

Yellowstone RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Hoppers, ants and attractors are the name of the game on the surface.  Don't be afraid of the twitch.  Drop a small rubberleg (nocturnal stone), or mayfly under your dry and at the very worst stay busy fighting whitey.  

The Yellowstone has some very interesting (read dangerous) hydraulics this year. Numerous boats and lives have been lost this year, so If you're not experienced on the oars, make sure you know what to look out for on your float.  Be cautious below Pine Creek.  

New to the Yellowstone?  We have guides with 25 plus years experience fishing the Yellowstone ready to share their knowledge with you.  We offer full day float trips and walk-wades on the Yellowstone River. Don’t need a guide? We have the flies and info to help you be successful on a DIY mission.     

Check out our "YouTube Channel" for up to date video fishing reports, fly tying and other information. 

Our Fly Fishing Guide School has helped lots of anglers achieve their dream of being a fishing guide.  With monthly schools throughout the spring, summer and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule. Learn more here.    

Even the NY Times has caught wind of the growth of women in the fly fishing industry.  Gain the skills to fish confidently on your own in our Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School

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.

Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park Fishing Report

Don't forget barbless hooks, NO lead and NO felt boots or waders. 

Firehole/Gibbon - HOT!  Not as in the fishing is hot, but as in the water is hot.  

The Lamar Valley is fishing the best.  Hoppers and ants are your go to.  Once you find a pattern that works, stick with it. 

The big lake fish on the Madison are just about a month away.  Guides are booking up quick, so give us a call if a big pissed off brown trout is on your bucket list.    

If you want to book a fly fishing guide for Yellowstone National Park in 2018 we recommend getting a head start as we have a limited availability. 

Looking for a Bozeman based Montana fly fishing adventure? You’ve come to the right place! Our fly shop located one hour south of the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and a great many of our guides live within minutes of the airport we are an easy choice. Check out our guided fly fishing trips or if you’re looking for a lodging and fishing package. Feel free to email us at [email protected] or drop us a line at 406-995-2290. Open 7 days a week!   

Check out our "YouTube Channel" for up to date video fishing reports, fly tying and other information. 

Our Fly Fishing Guide School has helped lots of anglers achieve their dream of being a fishing guide.  With monthly schools throughout the spring, summer and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule. Learn more here.    

Even the NY Times has caught wind of the growth of women in the fly fishing industry.  Gain the skills to fish confidently on your own in our Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School