Secret spring creek flowing through thick grassland

Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Sunday, July 23 2017

Gallatin River 772 cfs @ Gallatin Gateway

Big Sky Montana Fly Fishing Trips

Gallatin River Fishing Report

Caddis and PMd’s on the surface, and small mayfly nymphs under an indicator. Water has dropped and with the warmer days fish have spread out into shallower riffles, and are spread out all over the river. Make sure you are fishing water before walking through it. Nothing worse than spooking that trophy brown.

Para Adams in size 14 and 16. PMD emergers and Sprouts in size 14. Caddis tan #14 and #16.

For nymphs fish smaller nymphs in sizes 16 and 18. Best patterns have been size 16 Little Green Machines, Copper Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, and Lightning bugs.

We offer 2 hour, 4 hour and a variety of full day guided fishing options for the Montana fly fishing waters around Big Sky, Yellowstone National Park, and Bozeman. Give us a ring or check out the Montana Guided Fishing options for any fly fishing trips in the Big Sky or Bozeman area here.

Want to get out on the water? Let us hook you up with a fishing guide for a half day on the Gallatin River or stop by for our hot bug recommendations for fly fishing on Montana’s rivers and creeks.

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

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Fly of the Week

Morrish's Fluttering Stone

Morrish’s Fluttering Stone

If you want to get your big dry fly on now is the time…expect trout in southwest Montana area waters to be on the lookout for chunky morsels. The Gallatin River near Big Sky and the Yellowstone River near Bozeman and Yellowstone Park will see very good numbers of the big bugs in the coming weeks.

Upper Madison River 1420 cfs @ Cameron

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips Montana Fly Fishing

Upper Madison River Fishing Report

The Upper Madison from Ennis to Yellowstone National Park is clear and fishing well. Water temps are climbing so be cautious of that and adjust your fishing hours accordingly. Start earlier and get off earlier. The trout will thank you in the long term.

For bug activity, it is onto caddis and PMDs…which are good indeed and the fish should respond accordingly. The river all the way from Ennis to Yellowstone Park is clear, fishing well, and the early bird gets the warm.

For dries fish larger Parachute Adams in size 14 and consider trialing an emerging mayfly pattern behind the parachute.

If you want to nymph, then fish stoneflies and saddis are plentiful subsurface. Rubber legs is size 8 and 10; Princes in size 10; even some smaller PTs in 16 are catching some fish. .

Thinking of a summer Montana fly fishing trip to some of our favorite Montana fly fishing waters like the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers? The waters around Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana are ideal for a fly fishing getaway.

Our Montana fly fishing trips are a great way to discover our special place of the world. And, we fish all four seasons!

Winter fly fishing around Big Sky, MT is an experience you don’t want to miss. Adding a half-day trip on the Gallatin River near Big Sky and Bozeman is a great addition to any Montana ski vacation. We also offer custom multi-day Fishing and Lodging Packages to help make the trip of a lifetime.

Have you ever thought about changing careers or making your hobby a career? Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven-day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school. You’ll walk away with the insider knowledge of what it’s like to be a Montana Fly Fishing Guide.
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Just want to Fish More?. Here are some stories of past graduates. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

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Have you noticed more Women out on the Madison recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. The Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School is great for becoming an independent angler or simply expanding knowledge.
Check out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “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.

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Lower Madison River 2230 cfs @ McAllister

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips

Lower Madison River Fishing Report

Hoot Owl Restrictions in Effect from Ennis Dam to the mouth. Not fishing after 2 pm, but might as well just leave the river to the rubber hatch and let those fish relax enjoy the view.

Are you still planning your trip to Montana to fly fish our legendary waters? We offer custom multi day fishing and lodging packages to help make the trip of a lifetime.
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Have you ever considered Guiding in Montana or simply taking your angling skills to the next level? Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school.
Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Our past graduates share their experiences & stories. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

You may have you noticed more women out on the Madison recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. Great for becoming an independent angler, expanding knowledge, and meeting other female anglers.
Check out out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

Thanks for checking our 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.

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Yellowstone River 6830 cfs @ Livingston

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Trips

Yellowstone River Fishing Report

River is clearing and fishing great. Expect the usual from the Yellowstone right now: you will find plenty of Yellowstone Cutthroat up near Gardiner and in the southern reaches of Paradise Valley eating big dry flies.

As you get closer to Livingston bigger brown trout will be on the prowl and as you move towards Big Timber the chances for a trophy get bigger and bigger…like the trout!

Another great tactic is to fish a big dry fly with a little dry fly behind it. We found a Chubby in size 8 with a size 16 caddis behind it was the best.

DePuys and Armstrong Spring Creeks are always good options this time of year. Baetis are starting to pop, but fish may take a while to adjust. Fishing should gradually improve over the next several weeks. You may find a few risers, but nymphing will be the name of the game. Rod fees are at their lowest this time of year.

Contact us if you’d like us to hook you up with one of our spring creek specialists, as we have many, and our owner loves it over there.

The Montana Fishing Guide School is a great place to start if you are considering a unique fly fishing experience and a trip like you have not experienced.

Looking for a unique Montana fly fishing vacation for you or someone you know? We offer custom multi day fishing and lodging packages to help make the trip of a lifetime on the fly fishing waters near Big Sky, Bozeman, and Livingston Montana.

Thinking about Guiding in Montana?.
Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school.
Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Just want to Fish More?. Here are some stories of past graduates. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

Contact us today for more information.

Have you noticed more Women out on the Yellowstone recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. Great for becoming an independent angler or expanding knowledge.
Check out out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, noncompetitive 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.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Trips

*Yellowstone National Park Fishing Report*-

After the heavy rains of the past week, NE corner is in prime shape. Lamar River is clear and for those anglers willing to walk some, big and hungry cutthroat trout can be spotted and targeted regularly. M’s Hopper and Black Ants in size 10 and 12 are the ticket right now.

Slough Creek is a sight-anglers dream. Fish small hoppers on 5X and hold on.

Soda Butte is cold and clear but going to nymph well.

Don’t forget to pickup a new license before heading in! 3-Day $18, 7-Day $25 and Season $40.

The Firehole and Madison in the Park are both too warm to fish.

Considering a Montana to fly fish for trout or to fish with a Big Sky fly fishing guide or Yellowstone National Park fly fishing trip. They try our most unique fly fishing trip: Three Rivers in Three Days Trip: Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park or Missouri Rivers are on your Montana fly fishing trip list, contact us today.

Thinking about Guiding in Montana?.
Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school.
Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Just want to Fish More?. Here are some stories of past graduates. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

Contact us today for more information.

Have you noticed more Women out in the park recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. Great for becoming an independent angler or expanding knowledge.
Check out out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

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