Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Gallatin RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report

4/24

The Gallatin is on the drop, but still pretty brown.  A few inches of visibility may help it fish today, but with the warmer temps forecast for the week it may come up again.  Black Rubberlegs and San Juans will be the ticket if you get out today.  We'll keep you updated as things get better or worse.  

Great week for a mid day Half Day Walk Wade on the Gallatin and we have some of our best guides ready to take you out.

Fishing the canyon in winter requires some effort for sure. You have limited sun (assuming it’s a sunny day), limited access and walking to and from the river can be a chore. Not to mention all the gear you have to wear and the additional prep work.

If it’s a sunny day you have to consider if you’re favorite piece of water is in the sun or not. Sometimes fish need the sun in winter to become more active, but it also means you are more likely to spook them. If you can keep your body in the shadows, but cast to water that is exposed to sunlight you’ll have the best of both worlds.

Although there are many pullouts in the canyon, some of our favorite campgrounds and sneaky access points are covered in snow and not accessible. And not all water is equal, ever, but especially in winter. There are spots where fish pod up and there is a lot of water that is mostly void of fish. To be successful in winter you need to find where the high concentrations of fish are hanging out.

We also recommend wadering up at home or here at the shop before heading out. You’ll stay warmer if you do. And boots tend to fish a little tighter in winter, so if they’re dry or frozen you may need to pour some warm water on them to get the day started. Also, it feels nice to have warm boots on right out of the gate!

Here’s a good station to check the weather near the fly shop here

Flies
Smaller Pat’s Rubber Legs, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Lighting Bugs, Midge 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 – Griffiths Gnat.

Check out our “YouTube Channel”:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTA5fPFNaQuGai6JhqUaorQ and we’re working hard to create good content for you all to enjoy. Mostly fly tying videos at the moment, but we’ll keep adding to the mix with other informative tidbits.

Is the Gallatin River on your list of dream streams? We offer an assortment of guided trips on Southwest Montana’s greatest rivers and streams. Whether it’s a half day walk wade, an all-inclusive five-day fishing adventure or a DIY mission, we’re here to make it happen.

With the growing popularity of fly fishing, qualified fishing guides are in demand all around the world. Learn what it takes to be a fishing guide and start building your network in one of our Montana Fly Fishing Guide Schools and learn more about past graduates here.

Women’s fly fishing is growing at a record pace. Join our incredible female guides for one of our three-day Women’s Fly Fishing Schools “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, non-competitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

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

FLY OF THE WEEK

Hook
Firehole #609
Thread
8/0 or 70 denier olive recommended
Bead
3/32" black or black nickel
Tails and Legs
Olive Z-lon or Sparkle Yarn
Abdomen and Thorax
Olive Hare's Mask
Rib Small gold wire Wingcase Two black biots on either side of thin yellow foam or yellow holographic tinsel, then coated with Thick Loon UV Resin

It's spring beatis season in SW Montana, so if you haven't prepped your boxes...

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Upper Madison RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Great reports from the Upper.  Fish are starting to spawn, so be aware of redds, especially between the lakes and Raynolds, $3 areas.  Walking on, around or especially downstream of redds is not helpful to the next generation of wild trout.  Thinking of dropping some eggs over spawning fish?  Not cool. 

Rant over.  Fishing has been good.  Stoneflies and smaller mayfly patterns have been most productive.  If the wind ever dies down, there will probably be great dry fly fishing with BWO's and Midges.  Access to $3 should be easier now with a bit less snow, unless it snows another foot...which is likely.

Important to know that many of the tributaries of Hebgen Lake are back to being closed again until the 3rd Saturday in May. Duck, Grayling and the South Fork of the Madison. Make sure to have a copy of the regulations and know where and what you can do legally.

Streamers have been producing at times.  A slow pace swing or strip is going to produce more than a quick retrieve.    

Flies - Lightning bugs, green machines, split case bwo's, rainbow warriors, your favorite mayfly pattern in size 16-20. 

This is a great time to fish the Madison as there is very little angling pressure and fish still have to eat. Our rates are reduced until April 15, so give us a shout and we’ll get you hooked up with one of our Upper Madison walk-wade specialists.

Check out our” YouTube Channel”:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTA5fPFNaQuGai6JhqUaorQ and we’re working hard to create good content for you all to enjoy. Mostly fly tying videos at the moment, but we’ll keep adding to the mix with other informative tidbits.

Is the Madison River on your list of dream streams? We offer an assortment of guided trips on Southwest Montana’s greatest rivers and streams. Whether it’s a half day walk wade, an all-inclusive five-day fishing adventure or a DIY mission, we’re here to make it happen.

With the growing popularity of fly fishing, qualified fishing guides are in demand all around the world. Learn what it takes to be a fishing guide and start building your network in one of our Montana Fly Fishing Guide Schools and learn more about past graduates here.

Women’s fly fishing is growing at a record pace. Join our incredible female guides for one of our three-day Women’s Fly Fishing Schools “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, non-competitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

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

We are getting very close to Mother's Day Caddis season on the lower! I'm sure with the warmer temps a few have been out already, but weather is a little sporadic the next few days. In the meantime expect midges and baetis to be coming off. Probably a good time to start fishing patterns that more closely resemble a cased caddis or maybe even some pupa patterns in size 16.

They will likely keep bumping flows in the next few weeks in preparation for all of the water to come. That will certainly affect the fishing conditions.  On Sunday Cherry Creek was dumping mud keeping the river right off color.  

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

Check out out “YouTube Channel”:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTA5fPFNaQuGai6JhqUaorQ and we’re working hard to create good content for you all to enjoy. Mostly fly tying videos at the moment, but we’ll keep adding to the mix with other informative tidbits.

Is the Madison River on your list of dream streams? We offer an assortment of guided trips on Southwest Montana’s greatest rivers and streams. Whether it’s a half day walk wade, an all-inclusive five-day fishing adventure or a DIY mission, we’re here to make it happen.

With the growing popularity of fly fishing, qualified fishing guides are in demand all around the world. Learn what it takes to be a fishing guide and start building your network in one of our Montana Fly Fishing Guide Schools and learn more about past graduates here.

Women’s fly fishing is growing at a record pace. Join our incredible female guides for one of our three-day Women’s Fly Fishing Schools “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, non-competitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

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

The river is dirty.  Yesterday's snow/rain helped drop flows, but the warm weather this week may keep it pumping mud.  We'll keep you updated.  

Check out our “YouTube Channel”:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTA5fPFNaQuGai6JhqUaorQ and we’re working hard to create good content for you all to enjoy. Mostly fly tying videos at the moment, but we’ll keep adding to the mix with other informative tidbits.

Is the Yellowstone River on your list of dream streams? We offer an assortment of guided trips on Southwest Montana’s greatest rivers and streams. Whether it’s a half day walk wade, an all-inclusive five-day fishing adventure or a DIY mission, we’re here to make it happen.

With the growing popularity of fly fishing, qualified fishing guides are in demand all around the world. Learn what it takes to be a fishing guide and start building your network in one of our Montana Fly Fishing Guide Schools and learn more about past graduates here.

Women’s fly fishing is growing at a record pace. Join our incredible female guides for one of our three-day Women’s Fly Fishing Schools “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, non-competitive 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.

Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park Fishing Report

We're looking forward to the fishing opener on May 25th. If you want to book a fly fishing guide for Yellowstone National Park in 2018 we recommend getting a headstart 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!

Is Yellowstone National Park on your list of dream streams? We offer an assortment of guided trips on Southwest Montana’s greatest rivers and streams. Whether it’s a half day walk wade, an all-inclusive five-day fishing adventure or a DIY mission, we’re here to make it happen.

With the growing popularity of fly fishing, qualified fishing guides are in demand all around the world. Learn what it takes to be a fishing guide and start building your network in one of our Montana Fly Fishing Guide Schools and learn more about past graduates here.

Women’s fly fishing is growing at a record pace. Join our incredible female guides for one of our three-day Women’s Fly Fishing Schools “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, non-competitive environment. To fish and have fun.”