It’s been a great summer for us so far in the Big Sky area. We have experienced excellent hatches and water clarity all summer and are continuing to have some of the best fishing in the state. Currently a great deal of our state is under “Hoot Owl” restrictions, meaning the rivers are closed from 2pm to Midnight. Make sure to check with your local shop to be sure the waters you plan to fish are open. We are very happy to report that our large Canyon section of the Gallatin is not effected by this closure and is fishing incredibly well with good water temps and oxygen levels.
Right now in the Canyon on the Gallatin the fish are looking up for the Spruce Moth and the bite is solid. Be sure to have a couple of different patterns in your box as with high traffic and pressure, having something just a little different can make all the difference. We are currently liking the Potter’s Fat Head Moth in a size 14 and a YFC Spruce Moth in size 12. Mid day and peak sun the surface bite can subside a bit. Try putting a small dropper off of a larger spruce moth or Chubby Chernobyl. We have preferred smaller stone fly patterns and caddis nymphs.
Reports have been consistently good from the Upper Madison river with fishing eating on the surface in the mornings and the evenings. We suggest a Chubby on the surface and trail a rubber leg stone fly. The Nocturnal stones have been popping so darker colors for your flies has seemed to work a bit better.
Yellowstone river has had its good days and not so good days so far this summer. With many storms in the area this summer mud and high water levels have effected the river a bit this summer. With water levels dropping and clarity coming around the hopper and chubby bite should be coming on strong over this next week. We definitely recommend getting out and taking advantage of the opportunity if you have the chance!
As always stop by our shop anytime to get the latest in fishing reports and all the gear to get you out and keep you comfortable for your day on the river.