If you are looking for an easy, accessible way to get on some fish, look no further than the Gallatin, as it is fishing very well at this time! With golden stones and yellow sallies coming off steadily, and even sporadic sightings of salmonflies returning to the river you don’t have to put your big bugs away just yet. There has also been a great deal of caddis and PMD’s coming off in the mornings and evenings. If you’re fishing in the morning or evening try fishing a Chubby or Stimulator on top and drop either an emerger pattern or bead head nymph off the bottom. During mid-day, nymphing will be your most lucrative option. Running a stonefly pattern with a soft hackle pheasant tail is a good place to start. Make sure you swing and raise at the end of your drift, as many fish will hammer soft hackles on the swing. There have been mixed reports with streamers, but on these sunny days it wouldn’t hurt to run a white zonker through some deeper runs.
Hot Flies: Chubby Chernobyl (Gold) Royal Stimulator Crack Back PMD Morrish Super Pupa X Caddis.
The Madison is also fishing extremely well right now, the salmonflies have moved through, but the fish will remember! PMDs and caddis are also popping right now, and its the making for some amazing dry fly fishing if you can get out of the wind. There are quite a few different species of caddis flying around, so don’t be afraid to throw the box at them until you find the right pattern. A good place to start would to take a slightly smaller Chubby and run a Shop Vac or Hare’s Ear off the bottom. Nymphing; as always, has been productive with stoneflies, prince nymphs, and even midge patterns. If you have your eyes on the pigs that lie beneath, darker streamers have been producing, but something yellow or white may serve you better on sunny days.
Hot Flies: Chubby PMX Shop Vac X Caddis Iris Caddis Emerger Prince Nymph