Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Gallatin RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report

A good amount of redds on the Gallatin.  Be aware of your steps (stay clear) and where you're fishing.

Things got a bit wintery last week, but fall has returned with a pretty big high-pressure system.  Temps are back into the 50's and the sun is shining.  Take advantage of the nice weather and get out fishing because October is almost over.     Nymphing has been a small game.  Size 18-20 midges and baetis patterns have been productive.  Downsize your indicator, eats have been very subtle.  Swinging soft hackles has picked up some fish as well.  SH Lightning Bugs, little green machines, zebra midges, and Darth Baetis have done well for us.  

Streamer fishing on the Gallatin is a good way to find some of the larger fish.  Swinging or stripping a smaller fly is a good bet.  We like olive and black, but the fish seem to like a new color daily.  Small Sculpzillas are a good option.  

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 - BWO Captive Dun, Para Wulff Adams, BWO DOA Cripple. 

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

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

Hook

Standard dry fly, sizes 14-18

Thread

Purple 8/0 or smaller

Tail

Brown Zelon

Body

Purple thread or Uni-Floss

Hackle

Brown rooster

Wing

White Widow's Web or comparable

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Upper Madison RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Fall Fishing is upon us, and as hunting season ramps up, we're starting to see less and less angling pressure on the Madison.  The Upper Madison walk wade has been fishing very well.  We're in a pretty good high-pressure system so the dry fly fishing might be sparse.  Nymphing has been good with small baetis and midges.  As always be aware of spawning redds and gravel.  Best to just avoid fishing in these areas.    Green machines, RS-2's, Lil' Spankers, Thunder Bugs and Zebra Midges should be in your box.  Streamer fishing has picked up as well.  Play with colors and strip speeds.     

Dries - DOA Cripple Baetis 18-20, Parachute Adams 18-22, Brooks Sprout Baetis 18-20

Winter Fishing On The Madison.  One of our favorite rivers in the winter.  Minimal pressure and great fishing.  Our Madison River guides are ready to show you what the river has to offer all winter long.  Winter Fishing Tips  

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

A good option for the fall.  Great time to take the trout spey out for some swinging.  Looking pretty sunny so the dry fly fishing might not be awesome.  Your standard crayfish, baetis and midges should work well.     

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 Madison 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

The Yellowstone is in great shape, but fishing is hit or miss.  The bright sun in the forecast might not help, but the fall colors and boat friendly days wont lost for much longer.  Get out and enjoy it.  Streamers have been moving some bigger fish, but really focus on a slow, slow strip.  It's a good time of year to dead drift a streamer and trail a lightning bug, rubberleg, or soft hackle behind.  

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

Only a few weeks left!  

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

The Gallatin in the park has reopened to fishing for the remainder of the season. Some access is still limited due to the Bacon Rind Fire. Please visit this link for more info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5992/

Firehole/Gibbon - Water temps are good to go, and reports of baetis and some caddis.  Swinging is a good way to find fish as well.  Expect to start seeing some lake fish below the falls. 

The Lamar Valley is cold, empty of anglers and probably a great experience with tough fishing.  

Madison - They're in there.  I'm talking about the Brown trout, but the people are there too. This is a very popular time of year as the chance of hooking into a 20 plus inch trout increases exponentially. This also becomes a very busy place to be with lots of unwritten rules. Please go in with an open mind and be prepared to do a fair amount of walking or waiting in line for some of the "rotation pools".   

Our guide availability for Yellowstone National Park is very limited. Give us a call ASAP if this is something you are interested in. 

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