Will here with an update on our favorite local freestone. The Gallatin is low and clear this season but remains one of the best options in the state for cold water and willing trout. Last weeks rain gave us a nice increase in flows but the river is now back around 500 CFS, what does this mean for the fishing? BE STEALTHY! The Gallatin is not typically a match the hatch stream it’s much more important to dial in your presentation, try running a 10ft leader tapered down to 5x and make that drift perfect! This is the type of fishing where a good pair of polarized sunglasses can make or break the day, being able to see the fish and put the fly right in front will greatly increase your chances of hooking up. Swing by the river shop and check out the new Smith Chroma Pop. Compare them to a pair of glass lenses and let us know what you think!
The warmer weather this week has led to the emergence of our favorite terrestrial bug, the spruce moth! This protein packed bug brings fish up to the surface with reckless abandon and can bring some of the best dry fly action of the season. We have the best moth selection in Big Sky and pride ourselves on keeping these crucial flies in stock while the fishing is hot. Try fishing a size 14 in the mornings when the naturals are out then switch to a 10 or a 12 for searching in the afternoon. Don’t be afraid to skate, skitter and sink that moth. Spruce moths aren’t made for the water and when they fall in they usually don’t make it to long, big wary trout will often wait for them to sink before they strike.
For Nymph fishing the usual suspects will get the job done, Pat’s rubber legs pearl, lightning bugs and psycho princes are few good ones to try. Tapering down to 5x fluourocarbon is important in this low clear water even when you’re fishing down deep.
Happy fishing and tight lines!