Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Gallatin RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report

Things are shaping up for some cooler fall fishing here in Big Sky. With these cooler temperatures comes a lot of good baetis and midge action. There is a chance to see some dry fly fishing mid-day if there is good cloud cover but, the best time to throw dries has been after 5pm. Keep in mind with colder nights the fishing hasn't been overly productive in the morning and the fish can be quite lethargic, so sleep in and drink some coffee because the fish are doing the same! The fish on the Gallatin were very studious this summer and have learned a lot from anglers on how to tell the difference between real and fake flies, so presentation is everything! Fishing smaller tippet sizes (5x) and more sensitive indicators will help in increasing your fish count.   

There is an unusually excessive amount of algal growth in the Gallatin this summer. Not really known what the cause is just yet. It can be found from the park boundary all the way into the canyon. Local scientists are looking into the possible cause. 

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 - X-Caddis, Parachute Adams, Micro Chubbies, Royal Wulff's, Humpy's.  

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

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. As the brown trout are staging for their spawn, their appetites start to grow. Streamer fishing is always a great way to catch big fish on the Upper Madison, but right now the streamer bite is hot. Small sculpin patterns have proven time and time again to be a great fly when stripped, swung, or even dead drifted. The dry fly fishing hasn't been over the top amazing, but will certainly increase with time. The most productive fishing can come from nymphing small midge and mayfly patterns. Remember to not overweight your nymph rigs, and fish smaller sizes of tippet. The fish have seen a lot of pressure over the summer months so they are particularly smart this time of year. Make sure you are getting great drifts and presenting your flies well!

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

Water temps are looking awesome on the lower and the innertube hatch is waning. This is a great option for September. 

On the surface hoppers and baetis will be your best shots this fall. Subsurface Clouser Crayfish, Micro Mayflies, Green Machines, Lightning Bugs, etc should do the trick. Swinging and dead-drifing a variety of streamers could be fun as 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 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

Hoppers, ants and attractors are the name of the game on the surface.  Don't be afraid of the twitch.  Drop a small rubberleg (nocturnal stone), or mayfly under your dry and at the very worst stay busy fighting whitey.  

The Yellowstone has some very interesting (read dangerous) hydraulics this year. Numerous boats and lives have been lost this year, so If you're not experienced on the oars, make sure you know what to look out for on your float.  Be cautious below Pine Creek.  

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

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

Due to the Bacon Rind fire in the NW corner of Yellowstone National Park much of the access to the Gallatin in the park and its tributaries has been restricted. For the most up to date information on those restrictions please go here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5992/

Firehole/Gibbon - With cooler temps these are really good options this time of year. Good dry reports coming from both recently. The Firehole is stilling seeing some warmer water temperatures on hotter days, so maybe give this one a break in the afternoon and early evening on hotter days. Miller's Caddis, baetis and cinnamon ant patterns all good bets. Also, small hopper and attractors. 

The Lamar Valley is fishing the best.  The Drake Mackerel has started to hatch and fish are still looking up for hoppers, ants, baetis and small attractors..  Once you find a pattern that works, stick with it. Small hoppers, attractors and baetis are probably your best bets. 

Madison - Fish have begun to move into the park from Hebgen Lake for the annual brown trout spawn. 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 a 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