Gallatin River – The Gallatin does seem to finally be starting to drop and is down to 3250 CFS this week. Even though it is still brownish grey, we have been talking to some people who have been catching fish when the water hasn’t been chocolate. Try nymphing with a big black stone and a worm. The most important thing during the drop and clear is to hit the areas close to the bank, the fish will be sitting where you normally stand the rest of the year.
Lower Madison- The flows got bumped a little on the lower over the last week and there might still be a little color in the water even though it does seem to be coming back down now. Caddis and yellow sallies have been out and its about time for the brown drakes to start making an appearance as well. As with the Gallatin, working the insides of the bank is usually the ticket when the water is high.
Upper Madison – The upper has been fishing well over the last week or so. There is some color from the tributaries but the fishing has been good even with the color. Your best bet is a worm or stone fly lead fly with a lighning bug or a olive baetis trailer. From what we have heard the best fishing is in the middle part of the day, but fish are still being caught in the mornings and evenings.
Hebgen lake- The lake is filling up and there is a little bit of room to spread out now. It has also been fishing really well. A good rig is a shock collar leech followed seemingly any of your Hebgen favorites.
Gallatin River – The Gallatin is flowing at 4260 CFS today and still rising every day. There are better options around right now but if you just have to fish it try a big black pats rubber legs followed by a big squirmy worm, a big dark streamer off the banks isn’t a bad option either. Look for the areas where clean water from the mountain streams is coming into the river or bang the banks with a streamer. This time of year there is always a chance of trees and other debris floating down the river so be sure to keep your eyes on whats coming down river.
Madison River – Between the lower and upper sections there has been some really good fishing to be had.
The Lower is still seeing some decent caddis and mayfly hatches, along with some scattered reports of golden stones. A Saligas low rider stone trailed by a Kryptonite caddis or a lightning bug would be a great bet to put some fish to hand right about now.
The upper has had something for everyone lately. The water is rising but is still hanging on to some clarity. With the water rising its never a bad bet to lead with a dirt snake. Try dropping a lightning bug or a AKA prince off the back. If you are looking to try a streamer this is a great time to try one of our favorites, the Krafts Kreelex.
Yellowstone park – The Firehole has been on fire lately, caddis dry dropper rigs are getting a lot of fish. The streamer bite has been good too, but leave the 6 inch dungeons behind and try something small and natural. All the stuff in the northwest corner of the park is in runoff mode, so stay a little closer to big sky.
It is that time of the year that we are looking forward to fishing big bugs. We have a great salmon fly selection this year so be sure to swing by and stock up for the season.