Secret spring creek flowing through thick grassland

Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Friday, August 18 2017

Gallatin River 524 cfs @ Gallatin Gateway

Big Sky Montana Fly Fishing Trips

Gallatin River Fishing Report

Daytime highs are now mostly in the mid 60’s to mid 70’s, which makes for happy trout and happy anglers! Also, fishing pressure has reduced considerably as many are back in school and summer vacation time is coming to a screeching hault.

Not a ton of hatches on the Gallatin these days, but we are seeing some fall beatis and a few other random mayflies. Dry fly activity has slowed considerably now that the spruce moth is mostly gone. A few are finding some success on small hoppers, attractors and baetis type patterns.

The nymphing has been much more consistent. Mostly fishing size 18-20 small mayfly nymphs like Green Machines and Pheasant Tails, Zebra Midges, Lightining Bugs and more.

We offer 2 hour, 4 hour and a variety of full day guided fishing options for the Montana fly fishing waters around Big Sky, Yellowstone National Park, and Bozeman. Give us a ring or check out the Montana Guided Fishing options for any fly fishing trips in the Big Sky or Bozeman area here.

Want to get out on the water? Let us hook you up with a fishing guide for a half day on the Gallatin River or stop by for our hot bug recommendations for fly fishing on Montana’s rivers and creeks.

Thinking of a late summer or fall Montana fly fishing trip? Lots of water means good fishing through October and beyond. September hoppers on the Lamar and big angry browns on the Madison in October… we’ve got lots of great options.

How’s Belize in October sound? We’ve got spots left for our annual Turneffe Flats fishing vacation. Call for details.

The Montana Fly Fishing Guide School could be a great fit for you! Are you in love with fly fishing and have been dreaming about turning it into a career? Or just looking to hone your fly knowledge? Attend one of our Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Ever wonder where our Guide School graduates end up? Where Are They Now. Some spots still left in our May session!

Updated reports for the Gallatin River coming to you from our backyard in beautiful Big Sky, Montana.

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FLY OF THE WEEK

Koichi's Snowshoe Spruce Moth

Koichi’s Snowshoe Spruce Moth

Hook
Standard Dry 7000 – Bronze
Thread
Uni – Thread – Light Cahill 8/0
Wingcase/Feelers
Snowshoe Rabbit Feet – Natural
Body
Frog’s Hair – Caddis Tan
Hackle
Hackle – Cream

Upper Madison River 1190 cfs @ Cameron

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips Montana Fly Fishing

Upper Madison River Fishing Report

The Upper Madison from Ennis to Yellowstone National Park is clear and fishing well.

The dry fly bite is waning but those anglers willing to commit to fishing hoppers should expect some solid eats. But, patience is key and don’t give up.

Under the surface get small. 18-20’s. Green machines, dips and zebra midges are all great starting flies. Adjust your depth before changing flies.
Spruce moths where there are trees, which is only in certain sections.

Thinking of a late summer or fall Montana fly fishing trip? Lots of water means good fishing through October and beyond. September hoppers on the Lamar and big angry browns on the Madison in October… we’ve got lots of great options.

How’s Belize in October sound? We’ve got spots left for our annual Turneffe Flats fishing vacation. Call for details.

Our Montana fly fishing trips are a great way to discover our special place of the world. And, we fish all four seasons!

Have you ever thought about changing careers or making your hobby a career? Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven-day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school. You’ll walk away with the insider knowledge of what it’s like to be a Montana Fly Fishing Guide.
Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Just want to Fish More?. Here are some stories of past graduates. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

Contact us today for more information.

Have you noticed more Women out on the Madison recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. The Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School is great for becoming an independent angler or simply expanding knowledge.
Check out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, non-competitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

Thanks for checking out our Madison River Fishing Report brought to you from Big Sky, MT.

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Lower Madison River 1470 cfs @ McAllister

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips

Lower Madison River Fishing Report

Its Hoot Owl breeding season on the Lower. Give them space as they can be very territorial during mating season and outright dangerous.
Hoot Owl Restrictions in Effect from Ennis Dam to the mouth. No fishing after 2 pm, but might as well just leave the river to the rubber hatch and let those fish relax enjoy the view.

Are you still planning your trip to Montana to fly fish our legendary waters? We offer custom multi day fishing and lodging packages to help make the trip of a lifetime.
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Have you ever considered Guiding in Montana or simply taking your angling skills to the next level? Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school.
Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Our past graduates share their experiences & stories. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

You may have you noticed more women out on the Madison recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. Great for becoming an independent angler, expanding knowledge, and meeting other female anglers.
Check out out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

Thanks for checking our our Lower Madison River Fishing Report brought to you from beautiful Big Sky, Montana. Also serving Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman, the Missouri River, and locations in between.

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Yellowstone River 3850 cfs @ Livingston

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Trips

Yellowstone River Fishing Report

The river from Yellowstone National Park to Big Timber, Montana is fishing well. Fish are indeed looking up to dry flies but those willing to fish sub-surface will see more action.

Terrestrial season is here. Hoppers, ants and any of your favorite pieces of foam. Bigger foam patterns are great for trailing either a smaller Parachute Adams, Royal Wulff or small dropper. Smaller mayfly/midge patterns will at the very worst keep you busy with some whitefish!

As you get closer to Livingston bigger brown trout will be on the prowl and as you move towards Big Timber the chances for a trophy get bigger and bigger…like the trout! Be aware that with bigger flows the lower river can be dangerous on the oars.

DePuys and Armstrong Spring Creeks are always good options this time of year. Baetis are starting to pop, but fish may take a while to adjust. Fishing should gradually improve over the next several weeks. You may find a few risers, but nymphing will be the name of the game. Rod fees are at their lowest this time of year.

Contact us if you’d like us to hook you up with one of our spring creek specialists, as we have many, and our owner loves it over there.

The Montana Fishing Guide School is a great place to start if you are considering a unique fly fishing experience and a trip like you have not experienced.

Looking for a unique Montana fly fishing vacation for you or someone you know? We offer custom multi day fishing and lodging packages to help make the trip of a lifetime on the fly fishing waters near Big Sky, Bozeman, and Livingston Montana.

Thinking about Guiding in Montana?.
Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school.
Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Just want to Fish More?. Here are some stories of past graduates. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

Contact us today for more information.

Have you noticed more Women out on the Yellowstone recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. Great for becoming an independent angler or expanding knowledge.
Check out out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

Thanks for checking out our Montana fly fishing report for the Yellowstone River Fishing Report brought to you from beautiful Big Sky, Montana. Also serving Bozeman, Ennis, West Yellowstone, Belgrade and Livingston, Montana.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Trips

*Yellowstone National Park Fishing Report*-

Get after it up there and hit the trail.

The Lamar River is clear and for those anglers willing to walk some, big and hungry cutthroat trout can be spotted and targeted regularly. M’s Hopper and Black Ants in size 10 and 12 are the ticket right now.

Slough Creek is a sight-anglers dream. Fish small hoppers on 5X and hold on.

Soda Butte is cold and clear but going to nymph well.

Don’t forget to pickup a new license before heading in! 3-Day $18, 7-Day $25 and Season $40.

The Firehole and Madison in the Park are both too warm to fish.

Considering a Montana to fly fish for trout or to fish with a Big Sky fly fishing guide or Yellowstone National Park fly fishing trip. They try our most unique fly fishing trip: Three Rivers in Three Days Trip: Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park or Missouri Rivers are on your Montana fly fishing trip list, contact us today.

Thinking about Guiding in Montana?.
Our Montana Fishing Guide School is a seven day course of fishing, fun, and instruction. We are on the water more than any other school.
Montana Fishing Guide Schools.

Just want to Fish More?. Here are some stories of past graduates. Where Are Past Graduates Now?

Contact us today for more information.

Have you noticed more Women out in the park recently? We hope the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School has had a helping hand. Great for becoming an independent angler or expanding knowledge.
Check out out Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. Mission: “To educate, enlighten, and inspire women fly fishers in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. To fish and have fun.”

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