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Gallatin River Fishing ReportClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report 

6/26 - The Gallatin is looking great and fishing great. The water is evened out at 1970cfs. Fish are starting to scatter a bit more because they can hold in different places. Still, focus in on that slower water. People are out and fishing, so these fish are starting to see more pressure.

The BIG BUGS have shown up! We have seen good numbers of salmon fly adults around in the past couple days and the fish are starting to key in on them. We are still seeing PMDs as well as some Yellow Sallies (small stoneflies). Mayfly patterns and small stones (think prince nymphs) are starting to fish better now.

Flies: Chubby Chernobyl, Water Walker, Flutterbug, Rogue River Stone, Rubber Legs, San Juan Worm, Lighting Bug, King Prince 

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

Winter Fishing On the Gallatin.  The Gallatin Canyon is one of the best winter fisheries in the area.  An abundance of natural springs keeps the majority of the Gallatin free of ice and fishing well.  Need a break from skiing at Big Sky?  We have fly fishing guides available all year long.  Winter Safety Tips

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. 

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

We just got these in the shop sent to us from the great folks at Rainy's. Dont get caught with your pants down in the river without a few of these big, buggy flys!

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Upper Madison River Fishing ReportClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Upper Madison River Fishing Report

6/26 - Update

Walk Wade Stretch - Fishing has been good on the walk wade stretch. Flows have steadied out at around 1130 CFS. Fish have seemed to pattern more towards the faster seams further out from banks. There are still fish in close as well. Patterns are pretty much the same, but the fish have been a little pickier so getting a good drift is paramount. Caddis pupa, rubberlegs and small mayfly patterns are all good bets.

Float Stretch below Lyons Bridge – Flows below Lyons Bridge near Cameron are steadying out. The river is currently sitting at 1640cfs. Just keep working tight into the banks and deep pockets as well as those mid-river gravel bars and buckets. We are starting to see some good bug activity and it shouldn't be much longer until the big bugs start going. Streamers have been picking up some solid fish working the soft water in front and behind boulders as well as those transition zones.   

Flies.  Pat's Rubberlegs, Little Green Machine PT, Bruised Baetis, Zebra Midge, Crack Back BWO, Lighting bug, Pheasant Tail, Rainbow Warrior,  Sex Dungeon, Barley Legal     

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.  

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. 

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 River Fishing ReportClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Lower Madison River Fishing Report

In great shape and fishing well. When temps finally start to climb Cherry Creek and other small trips in Beartrap Canyon will start to get dirty. A little color in the river is not a bad thing, but when runoff really starts to kick in expect more color and challenging fishing. Expect Mother's Day Caddis by Cinco de Mayo weekend. 

There is a fair amount of midge activity, so dry fly opportunities are available if you know where to look. Nymphing has been best on foot with worms, eggs, Lightning Bugs, Rubber Legs, etc.  

Fish are mostly hanging in slower drop-offs and buckets. Water doesn't need to be deep as much as it needs to be slow yet still have a steady supply of food. 

Always good to check the weather before you go, including the wind forecast. Best fishing tends to be in the afternoon, so no need to get an early start.  

Winter fishing the Lower Madison. 

One of the best options during winter months.  Floatable if weather permits, but plenty of walk wade access to great water.  Give us a call for more information or to have one of our guides show you the ropes.  (406)995-2290    

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.

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 River Fishing ReportClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Yellowstone River Fishing Report

6/15 - Yellowstone is looking pretty big sitting right around 15,000cfs currently on the rise from around 10,000cfs last week. Nymphing and steamers fishing is going to be your best bet. Look for soft water where the fish can hide out from the high current. 

Bugs - Rubber legs, Worms, PT's, Buggers, Sex Dungeon, Home Invader   

New to the Yellowstone?  Winter fishing trips on one of the Paradise Valley Spring creeks are a favorite of our guides in the winter.  With decent dry fly fishing and warming huts, either Depuy's, Armstrongs or Nelson Spring Creeks are hard to beat. 

Want to fish the Yellowstone summer 2019?  We're ready to book trips for 2019, just give us a call at the shop.      

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. 

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 Fishing Report


Yellowstone National Park Fishing Report

The Park is now open to fishing! We have been getting great fishing reports throughout the Yellowstone National Park already. Make sure you’re properly equipped with rubber sole wading boots, all your barbs are pinched and only use tin split shot. Follow this link to be properly prepared for your visit.

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing.htm

Upper section Slough, Lamar and Yellowstone Rivers are a bit muddy for now but still fishable. Caddis, pmds and beatis have been seen buzzing around these areas. You’ll most likely have better luck on the lower sections.

Madison, Firehole and Gibbon Rivers have been seeing Salmon Flies beginning their annual march to the surface. Chubby Chernobyl, Water Walkers and Cat Vomit are some great go-to salmon fly patterns. Soft hackles are another great addition for a dropper off the back. 

We had a great season in Yellowstone National Park.  Early season caddis on the Firehole, terrestrials and Drakes in the Lamar Valley for eager cutties,  and bruiser browns on the Madison.  If fishing in Yellowstone is on your bucket list, give us a call and book Yellowstone Fly Fishing Trip for 2019.    

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 gallatinriverguides@gmail.com 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. 

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