Its salmon fly time!
Gallatin River – The salmon flys are starting to show up around the shop now and the fishing has been good. Anglers have been doing well with Dancin’ Ricky’s, Flutterbugs, and Henrys fork stones. We have also talked to some people who have been getting more fish on a golden stone than a salmon fly, so don’t forget to add some of those to your box. Closer to the park line there haven’t been as many sightings of the big bugs, but there has been some very good caddis fishing. Try a Missing Link caddis, with a Juan’s Kryptonite caddis dropper.
Madison river – The last we heard the big bugs were still close to Ennis and the fishing was really starting to pick up. Its a fairly similar story as the Gallatin with a touch more variety. Try leading with a salmon fly or golden stone and trail it with a PMD, flying ant, or a caddis.
Hebgen Lake – The lake is still fishing well with leeches and Chironomids. It also hasn’t been getting as much pressure with so many people chasing the big bugs so it should continue to fish well. slow stripping a leech, or suspending a leech or chironomid under a bobber should do well.
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.
The weather is finally turning nice and summer temperatures seem to be here at last! The Forecast for the coming weekend does have some scattered showers and thunderstorms, so keep your eye on the sky if you are planning on being out this weekend.
The Gallatin is in full runoff mode, flowing 2240 CFS and rising everyday. If you are trying to get out this week there are better options but if you absolutely have to try fishing the clear sections where some of the mountain streams are flowing in. The other good thing to try is a big black rubberlegs and worm around the banks. If you are planning on hitting the Gallatin keep your eye out for debris coming down river.
The Madison has been fishing well lately with the warmer weather bringing the caddis back out in force. The have been thickest on the lower and farther down toward ennis on the upper. There have been some good reports of Caddis higher up on the upper just not as many of them. This time of year its never a bad idea to try some smally chubbys through the day if you aren’t getting any love from the caddis.
Hebgen Lake has been doing well. We’ve been hearing quite a few reports of fish being caught on small leeches trailed by an Ice Cream Cone or something similar.The water is on the rise and hopefully we will be able to spread out a bit soon.