Fishing Report 8/17/2015



Gallatin River-

River Conditions are back to what we like to see after last weeks mud plugs.  Still having fun throwing spruce moths and smaller baetis patterns.  If you aren’t seeing any surface action try dropping a size 16 lightning bug or three dollar dip and be ready to rip some lip!

Hoot Owl restrictions are still in effect below Four Corners and for the entire East Gallatin.  This means that fishing is closed from 2pm – 12am due to high water temperatures.


Upper Madison-

The Upper Madison has provided some of the most consistent fishing in the area.  Recently however the fish have been changing their diet seemingly daily.  Bring your strongest nymph game with you as the dry fly action has been a bit spotty.  Be ready to wave your magic hand over you box in fly choice.  With finicky fish you may have a pattern that works for a bit and then stops entirely.  Don’t be afraid to change bugs frequently.  We suggest trying a Girdle bug with a Zebra Midge training about 16-18 inches behind.  Best chance for dry action has been in the evenings.  Still a few Spruce Moths hanging out in the area and smaller baetis sizes 18-22.


Lower Madison-

HOOT OWL IN EFFECT.  CLOSED TO FISHING FROM 2PM – 12AM.  Due to high water temps and fishes inability to bounce back after being caught we suggest finding other water.  Let these fish be so we are able to fish them when the water returns to non-lethal temperatures.

Best for Bikini hatch between 10am and 4pm. Don’t forget your Chaco’s, sunscreen, and floatable cooler!



This has been a difficult river this summer.  The high volume of heavy rains this summer has meant mud plugs on the Yellowstone.  When we have had a couple of clear days the fishing has been incredibly though.  Hopper bite is still on in this area and has been best earlier in the day.  We suggest a smaller Para-Hopper in size 12-16.  Still not picking ’em up? Try a classic hopper-dropper rig with a flashy nymph.  We like a gold Lightning bug in size 16.


With the recent fires in the area a great deal of smoke is hanging around all of these rivers.  Come in to the shop to pick up a Buff.  Wearing this can allow you to breath a little easier and will cut down on the headaches that can come along with the smoke.  Be sure to stay plenty hydrated!

As always for a more accurate daily report please feel free to give us a call or stop by the shop and pick our brains!  We are always happy to help!


Fish on!