Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Gallatin RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report

6/24

The river is still a bit high and off color, but has been fishing very well most of the time in the canyon. Your standard stonefly nymphs have been picking up fish, but smaller Princes, Pheasant Tails, and Lightning Bugs with some flash have all been producing well in heavily fished spots. Play around with your bugs until you find something that works. We've seen a couple of salmonflies on the river, but we suspect we'll see a lot more this week when the weather finally warms up a bit. 

Be safe, fish with a partner and tighten up your wading belts.  Access is limited, but if you find some slow water fish should be stacked in there. Stop by or call the shop for more info.

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. Highly recommend keeping the Rubber Legs or similar pattern as your point fly and playing around with smaller droppers.
Streamers – Smaller is better, slowly stripped or swung. Slow is key. 
Dries – Good Luck.....

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

Salmon flies have started showing up down near Ennis, and fish are starting to look up.  Nothing consistent yet but that should change any day now. Maybe today is the day!    

Streamers have been producing at times.  A slow pace swing or strip is going to produce more than a quick retrieve.  With these high flows streamers tight to the bank is a good call.      

Flies -Salmon flies, Caddis pupa, green machines, split case bwo's, rainbow warriors, rubber legs, your favorite mayfly pattern in size 16-20. 

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

Flows are around 3,900 cfs and the countdown to the tube hatch has begun.  Reports of PMD's, Yellow Sallys, and Caddis.  Possible some Brown Drakes in the evenings.  Best to put on early or late to avoid the tubers.  

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

On the drop but still big!  We predict that Gallatin River Guides will not be back on the Yellowstone River until early to mid July. Until then maybe look into some of the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, such as DePuy, Nelson or Armstrong.

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

IT'S OPEN!! Don't forget barbless hooks, NO lead and NO felt boots or waders. 

Look for PMD's and Caddis on the Firehole. Swinging soft hackles could prove to be worthwhile.

Pretty similar fishing on the Madison. 

Not much word yet from the Gibbon and the northeast corner of the park is a long way from being ready.

Lamar Valley:  The Lamar is at 4,000 CFS, so it's going to be a bit......   

Rivers in Yellowstone National Park are twice their normal size, so if you may be surprised to see the Madison, Firehole and Gibbon Rivers are all out of their banks. That doesn't mean they're not fishable, but they will be more challenging to navigate. You could find some dry fly activity, but nymphing and swinging will likely better options. For the Firehole and Madison Rivers small black streamers like Sculpzillas and Conehead Buggers and soft hackled flies like Lil' Spankers, Pheasant Tails and more are all good places to start. In the Firehole Canyon it will not be long until salmon flies start to move, so maybe bobber it up with some Pat's Rubber Legs if you get some time in the canyon. 

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