Gallatin River Report –
Fishing has been excellent recently. The Gallatin is running clear, and with the weather we have predicted for this coming week there should be plenty of fish in hand. As the temps have been getting down there at night there is no huge rush to get to the river first thing in the morning. Afternoons have been fishing the best recently.
The majority of fish caught recently have been on smaller dries and nymphs. Our recent recommendations have been dry/dropper rigs, such as Morrish Hopper Pink 10-14 with a Baetis Nymph 16-20 trailing about 12-18 inches behind. We have also been having some fun subsurface action on Knotty Girls dark brown 6-8 with a purple lightning bug 14-18 about 16-18 inches below the top fly.
Also for you streamer junkies out there it is a good time to start rippin’ lip, stripping smaller streamers such as sculpins, wooly buggers, and zonkers seems to be producing some good fish. Stop by the shop and see what we have been having fun with recently.
Madison River Report –
FALL TEMPS ARE UPON US! Uncharacteristic rains have brought water levels up a bit on the Madison and they have been releasing water at the Hebgen Damn. We have not seen any affect on the clarity of the river and high water means happy healthy fish, which puts a smile on all of our faces.
Streamers are seeming to be the ticket right now as the cold temps have made for more aggressive fish. Coffee’s Sparkle Minnow Peacock has been an attractive pattern to those big browns and bows recently, while your standard nymph set ups, such as girdle bugs and baetis patterns, have been producing a good amount of fish as well.
For those dry fly fanatics out there not yet ready to say good-bye to the dry fly season, we have seen some large blue wing olive hatches in the afternoons and early evenings. While the river is not boiling with risers you will notice some coming up to feed on the surface, capitalize on it while you can!