Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Gallatin RiverClick Here for Current Stream Flow


Gallatin River Fishing Report

Warmer temps have made for some great fishing this week.  It looks like some snow is returning to the area tomorrow, but great weather is back on Sunday with temps in the high 30's Sunday and Monday.  Great reports of fishing the last few days from the few people that have been out there.  Fish have moved into winter holding water.  Think slow water, dropoffs, seams.  With the cold water metabolisms have slowed down, and fish want to use minimal energy to eat.  

Mostly a nymphing game, and think small.  Midges and Mayflies.  18-20.  No much for reports of fish eating a stonefly.  Zebra and T-Midges.  Little Green Machines, Lightning Bugs.  BWO's might be around during the warmer part of the day.    

Great reports with streamers, but make sure your swing is as slow as possible.  Avoid stripping, and enjoy that tight line tug.       

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

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. 2019 Guide School dates and info can be found 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

The walk wade sections have some of the best fishing in the area right now, and chances are good you won't see anyone else.  BWO's are still around on some afternoons, but as we get colder temps we will see more Midges than anything else.  Still opportunities for dry fly fishing, just need to be in the right place at the right time.  

Streamer fishing has picked up.  Clouds make a big difference.  Play with your retrieve as well as your fly profile.

BE AWARE OF REDDS!    

Flies.  DOA BWO Cripple, Harrops Cluster Midge, Zebra Midge, Green Machine, Pat's Rubberlegs.   

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.  If winter isn't your thing, we're booking 2019 madison river guides right now.    

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 walk wading and short floats when the weather starts kicking into winter mode.  BWO's are still around and should be until we get a big cold snap.  Crayfish, zirdles, zonkers and sculpins dead drifted have been picking up fish.  Trailing a BWO or Midge pattern is a good option. 

Great time of year to get out the trout spey and swing some crayfish or soft hackles.    

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

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 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

Fishing has slowed down on the Yellowstone, but fish are still being found.  A few baetis still around, and Midges should be showing up soon.  The paradise valley spring creeks are probably your best bet, and rod fees are about equal to what a shuttle costs these days.    

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, Armstrongs 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 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

Closed until Spring 2019! 

We had a great season in Yellowstone National Park.  Early season caddis on the Firehole, terrestrials and Drakes in the Lamar Valley for eager Cutties,  and bruiser browns on the Madison.  If fishing in Yellowstone is on your bucket list, give us a call and book Yellowstone Fly Fishing Trip for 2019.    

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