Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Gallatin RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report

However you like to fish, it'll probably work on the Gallatin right now.  Dry fly fishing has been good with Caddis and PMD's.  Nymphing has been good with lightning bugs, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, and an assortment of other mayfly and caddis patterns.  Swinging a soft hackle has been a fun way to pick up some fish as well.    As the water has been dropping fish have started spreading out.  Be sure to fish water before you walk through it.  

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

Where to start? Big bugs have come and gone, but left a good amount of PMD's, Flav's and Caddis in their wake.  Decent reports of dry fly fishing have come through the shop, but as usual, nymphing has been the most productive.  Lightning bugs, little green machines, pheasant tail soft hackles and an assortment of dips have been fishing well.  As we enter the middle of busy season, remember to have good etiquette and give other anglers ample space.   

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

The tube hatch is on fire, as is the water. Temps hit 72 on Saturday.  Leave your rods at home, bring some keystone light, a sober driver and some sunscreen.  Some water guns are always good if you want to make friends with another group of floaters.  If the heat keeps up, we would expect (and hope) that the Hoot Owls to start mating soon.  

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

It's on! River is still big and powerful and the holding water is still hard to get to. Dry fly fishing has been fair if you can get your flies in tight to the bank or in any slow water. Salmonflies, goldenstone and caddis. Nymphing with Rubberlegs, Princes and the like. Holding water should improve significantly over the coming days. Dead-drifting streamers is also moving fish. 

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.

With warmer temps moving in it's probably time to give the Firehole a break. Early and late fishing might still be ok, but catching fish in the Firehole when daytime highs are in the 80s can be harmful to them.

The Northeast corner is getting closer to ready. I hear Slough might be there this weekend, but the other rivers are still quite high, but visibility is improving rapidly. Gardiner River is seeing salmonflies and goldens already. 

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