Hello fishing World,
Will here with Grizzly Outfitters River Shop, August has arrived and that means cooler nights, shorter days and Spruce Moths! The Moth fishing has been a bit off and on so far this season but that should change soon. This morning we found hundreds of them flying around the shop and the fish are definitely taking notice. Spruce Moths range from size 10 all the way down to 16 and are usually somewhere between off white and tan in terms of color. We usually recommend having a couple different options to try, a snowshoe spruce in a 14 or a fathead in a size 12 will get it done most of the time.
We are seeing the tail end of a lot of our summer/spring hatches which means when the moths aren’t out the dry fly action can be spotty. There are a few yellow sallies bouncing around and the fish have been keying in on the nymphs when they’re present. If you’re fishing south of Big Sky or in YNP you may want to try a small hopper. A size 12 Morrish Hopper in pink is a great fly for fishing the upper stretches of the Gallatin.
When the sun is high and the fish just aren’t looking up, go below the surface. Nymph fishing has been good to great as of late. The rains that come through usually push a little mud through the river and can sometimes leave it a greenish tint for a couple of days. This is a great time to fish Nymphs or Streamers and is often the best time to chase bigger fish. Psycho Prince Nymphs, Rubberlegs, Lighting Bugs, Shop Vacs, Zebra Midges and Pheasant Tails have all been getting it done lately. Take the time to adjust your depth, add split shot if needed and you will get into some fish! A Near-Nuff Sculpin or an Olive Wooly Bugger bounced off the bottom can move em when nothing else will…
As always stop by the shop or give us a call for a more up to date report, we have one of the best fly selections in town and pride ourselves on keeping the good stuff in stock while the fishing is on. As always happy fishing and tight lines!