Who has the bigger smile?
Great news! The Gallatin is starting to clear here in Big Sky and the CFS is dropping daily, down to about 2,730 cfs. Above the Taylor’s Fork is back to being clear and is fishing very well. The waters get a bit muddy as you head toward Bozeman as it continues to wash down river. While there is still some color to the river fishing streamers and larger rubber legs seems to be producing some good fish. Don’t forget to put a nice flashy dropper on there. We have had luck recently with lightning bugs 16-18, Trina’s bubble back emergers 14-18, and prince nymphs 14-16. And don’t forget about worms! The Goomie Worm has been a recent favorite in the shop with all of the rains.
The West and South Fork also make for some great fishing. Easy walk from anywhere in town and very nice waters. The water is still running a little high and fast in some spots so use caution when wading. This is smaller water so having a smaller creek rod like a new Redington Butterstick or Echo Fiberglass rod can make for some really fun fishing on those smaller fish. Same patterns as the main Gallatin.
The Madison has made for some great fishing so far this spring/summer. Streamer fishing has been producing some big browns, although we have found through out the day you can have fun with dry flies as well as nymphing. Rubber legs, Wooly Buggers, and Warbirds with a flashy dropper has been working well to pick up fish.
The Yellowstone is still holding around 10,000 cfs, running fast and dirty. With flows being what they are we suggest finding another option. With the Madison and Gallatin being so close we suggest trying your luck on them instead. With a lighter snow year we do not anticipate a drawn out run off. We will keep you informed as the flows start to come down and fishing picks up.