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Gallatin River Fishing ReportClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report 
07/09/2020
Deer Creek: 841 CFS
Gateway: 1490 CFS
The Gallatin has been clearing up over the past week! Salmon Flies are pretty much over, but almost everything else can be found on the Gallatin. The main hatches have been Yellow Sally's, Caddis, PMD's and Gray Drakes. A dry-dropper rig with a chubby and a small standard nymph, like a Prince or Kyle's Yellow Sally, underneath can work well. If your just nymphing, fish have moved off the Rubberlegs and are eating smaller stuff. Playing around with the standard nymph patterns can be very effective in finding what the fish are eating. Perdigons and other Tungsten flies can be LETHAL. In front and behind rocks has been a great place to pick up fish on the nymph. The Gallatin has come up when it rains, but don't be afraid to fish the mud. Fish will move into shallow and slow water closer to the banks. Nymphing with a very visible fly can be extremely effective when the water comes up. 
When wading during high water please use caution!   
Dry Flies: Chubby Chernobyl in Yellow, Purple, Gold #8-12, Chubby Chernobyl Royal #8-12, Para Sipper PMD #16-18, Royal Wulff Cripple #16-#18, Purple Haze #14-18, Parachute Atoms #14-18, X-Caddis #16, Peacock Caddis #16, Wiese's Clacka Caddis Peacock #14-16.
Nymphs:  Pat's Rubber Legs Black #8-10, Pat's Rubber Legs Coffee #8-10, Pat's Rubber Legs Olive #8-10, Kyle's Yellow Sally #14 Little Green Machine Gray or PT #16-20, Split case BWO, # 18-20, CDC Emerger Baetis, #18-20, Poly wing Emerging Midge Brown and Gray #18, Mini San Juan Worm #12, San Juan Worm (all colors) #10, Pheasant Tail CDC Bead #14-16, Tung Soft Hackle PT #14-16, Dirt Bird #14-16, Birds Nest Natural #14, The Fly Formerly Known as Prince #14-16, BH Prince #14-16, CDC Prince #14-16
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 schools throughout the spring and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule.  Check out our Montana Fishing Guide School to become a more rounded fisherperson or to jump-start your career in this amazing industry. 

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.  We know this river like the back of our hands.  

FLY OF THE WEEK

The Fly Formerly Known as Prince is a great attractor pattern that will work for a handful of different aquatic bugs!

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Upper Madison River Fishing ReportClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Upper Madison River Fishing Report

07/14/2020

Flows are as follows: Coming out of Hebgan Dam: 804 CFS, Kirby: 1,050 CFS, Cameron: 1570 CFS.

In Between the Lakes - Fishing between the Lakes has been ok. PMD's have been working on the top. Fish are readily rising to eat surface flies in the slower water. Nymphing has been effective with Zebra Midges and Rubberlegs. Scuds and Sowbugs are also a good option to fish here.

Walk Wade Stretch- The walk wade stretch has been a great spot to fish!  Boulder seams, buckets, soft seams adjacent to heavy water are all likely hangouts for hungry trout. Fish in the walk-wade can be picky so pay attention to any bugs you see coming off as well as where in the column fish are feeding. Play with depth and weight to dial in your rig. Caddis and PMDs have been working well up there, as of late. On cloudy days dark streamers have been producing some really nice fish. 

       

Float Stretch below Lyons Bridge – The float section of the Madison has been fishing great as well.  Boulder seams, gravel bars, buckets, and drop-offs are all spots to keep an eye out for. Double nymph rigs have been the best producer lately. Attractor dry flies, such as Micro-Chubbies, Stimulators, as well as Caddis dry flies, have been fishing well on this stretch.

   

Dries: Royal Chubby #12-6, Elk Hair Caddis #12-20, Golden Chubby #12-8, Giant Foam Stimi Orange #6, Micro-Chubby Tan #14-16

Nymphs: Pat's Rubber Legs Black, Coffee, Olive, Burnt Orange #8-10, Zebra Midge #18-20, T Midges in different colors #18-20 Little Green Machine Grey #16-20, Pheasant Tail CDC #14-16, Tung Soft Hackle PT #14-16, The Fly Formerly Know as Prince #14-18, Dirty Bird #14-16, Birds Nest #14-16, Prince Nymph #16, CDC Prince #14-16. 

Streamers: Sex Dungeons, Barely Legals, and the likes will move fish for you.  Play with color and profile every day.  Skinny vs. big heads, dark vs. light, etc.

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 schools throughout the spring and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule.  Check out our Montana Fishing Guide School to become a more rounded fisherperson or to jump-start your career in this amazing industry. 

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

06/30/2020

Flows are currently at 1,630 CFS. 

As of 7/15/2020 Hoot-Owl restrictions will be placed on the Lower Madison. This means fishing will not be allowed from 2pm to 12am (midnight). These restrictions will be in place until 8/15/2020.

Nymphing is going to be your best bet. Crawfish, drakes, and yellow sallies are all a good choice right now. 

Yellow sallies/drakes are currently coming off. Keep an eye out for rising fish!

As always when fishing the lower focus your time on drop-offs, buckets, and transition zones.    

Streamer fishing is not a bad option either. Play around with size, color, and profile to dial in what they want on a given day. Focus your time on deep buckets and riprap banks to target fish ready to ambush a big fly. Don't forget to play with retrieve speed and cadence!   

Dries: Bucky's Midge Cluster #20, Peacock Midge Cluster #14-20, Parachute Adams #16, Double Vision BWO ##18-14, Nymen's DOA #18, Royal Wulf Cripple #16, Wiese's Clacka Caddis Peacock #14-16, X Caddis #14-16, Missing Link #14-16.

Nymphs: Pat's Rubber Legs Black, Coffee, Olive, Burnt Orange #8-10, Zirdle Bug Olive #10, Clouser Cray Turkey #8-10, Little Green Machine Grey #16-18, Pheasant Tail CDC #14-16, Tung Soft Hackle PT #14-16, The Fly Formerly Know as Prince #14-18, Dirty Bird #14-16, Birds Nest #14-16, Prince Nymph #16, CDC Prince #14-16. 

Streamers: Sex Dungeons, Barely Legals, and the likes will move fish for you.  Play with color and profile every day.  Skinny vs. big heads, dark vs. light, etc.

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 schools throughout the spring and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule.  Check out our Montana Fishing Guide School to become a more rounded fisherperson or to jump-start your career in this amazing industry. 

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

06/30/2020

The Stone is starting to drop!

Corwin: 6,260 CFS

Livingston: 7,280 CFS

The Stone is starting to come into shape. Flows have continued to come down and are sitting between 6,000 and 7,000, great for fishing. Attractor dry flies, and smaller attractor nymphs have been working well. Attractor dries such as the Fat Frank, Stimulators, and Chubby Chernobyl work great as attractor patters. Lightning Bugs, Princes, Rubber Legs, and Copper Johns will do awesome for attractor nymph patterns.

As always when fishing on the Yellowstone please use caution.     

Dries: Fat Frank #8-12, Missing Link #14-16, X Caddis #14-16, Chubbies #12-6, Stimulator #10-6 

Nymphs: Pat's Rubber legs Black #8-10, Pat's Rubber Legs Coffee and Black #8-10,CDC Prince Nymph #14-16, Red Copper John #14-16, Dirty Bird #14-16, Birds Nest #14-16, BH Prince #14-16, BH Silver Lightning Bug #14-16.

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, Armstrong's, 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 schools throughout the spring and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule. Check out our Montana Fishing Guide School to become a more rounded fisherperson or to jump-start your career in this amazing industry. 

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

1/2/20 - Update 

Yellowstone National Park is currently closed to all fishing and stopping.  Due to Covid-19 the park is going to open at a later date than usual and at a smaller capacity.  Somewhere around the middle of June.

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