Secret spring creek flowing through thick grassland

Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Thursday, December 14 2017

Gallatin River 336 cfs @ Gallatin Gateway

Big Sky Montana Fly Fishing Trips

Gallatin River Fishing Report

Starting this weekend it looks like a colder weather pattern is moving in starting with highs in the mid to low 20s and then getting into the teens and single digits as we get closer to Christmas Day…Most people look for highs that are least 30 degrees, so guessing the river is going to be pretty quiet after Friday for a while.

In winter trout on the Gallatin tend to pod up in slower water, but one of the challenges is finding where exactly they ended up. Some spots are reliable year after year, but others are not as much. If you feel like you’re fishing the right flies and are in the good water you may just have to move to find them. They may be in the same run, but just outside of where you’re casting or just not in the run at all. Once you find one fish you usually find several others in winter. Be patient and don’t be afraid to move around.

If you’re not seeing any dry fly action nymphing with a standard winter assortment should produce well in the right water. Fish will be holding in slower runs, drop offs and some riffles. Keep in mind that these fish will not work very hard for their food this time of year in an effort to conserve energy. You have to not only find the fish, but you have to drift it right in their mouths as well.

Flies
Smaller Pat’s Rubber Legs, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Lighting Bugs, Midge patterns have been producing. Highly recommend keeping the Rubber Legs or similar pattern as your point fly and playing around with smaller droppers.
Streamers – Smaller is better, slowly stripped or swung. Slow is key.
Dries – Griffiths Gnat.

Winter is a great time of year to experience fly fishing on the Gallatin River! Take a half day to experience our “Skier’s Day Off” trip on the Gallatin. No crowds and hungry fish make winter a no-brainer for those wanting a day off from the slopes.

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”:http://montanaflyfishing.com/rates.php.

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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

Yeager's Neversink Gnat

Yeager’s Neversink Gnat

Hook
Dai-Riki 305, Sizes 18-22
Thread
8/0 Black
UnderBody
Peacock Herl
Back
Black 2mm foam cut to width of gap
Hi Vis Post
Orange 2mm foam
Hackle
Grizzly dry fly hackle

A nice modification of the classic Griffith’s Gnat. In Big Sky country and most places out west these patterns best imitate mating midges or midge clusters. The addition of a foam back and hi-vis post make this pattern a great floater and easy to see for its size.

Upper Madison River 1080 cfs @ Cameron

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips Montana Fly Fishing

Upper Madison River Fishing Report

We have a good stretch of weather in our future through the middle of the month at least. This should make for some great opportunities on the upper. I’d expect some good midging opportunities around $3 Bridge, I’m sure the nymphing will be really good and maybe even some streamer action for you die-hards out there.

This is a great time to fish the Madison as there is very little angling pressure and fish still have to eat. Our rates are reduced this time of year, so give us a shout and we’ll get you hooked up with one of our upper Madison walk-wade specialists.

Not much info coming from the float section. Check the forecast and wind report before floating this time of year.

Winter Fishing? Yes please! You can tell know one has been to your favorite fishing hole because there are no tracks in the snow. Winter fly fishing trips are some of the most memorable trips of the year.
Our Montana fly fishing trips are a great way to discover our special place of the world. And, we fish all four seasons!

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

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Lower Madison River 1500 cfs @ McAllister

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips

Lower Madison River Fishing Report

We should break out of this cold patch soon and move into what looks like a great window of weather through the middle of the month. Most of the slush should go away in the next day or two after some consistently warmer weather.

Fish have moved into winter holding water, so deeper buckets, seams, and the insides of bends. Some midges are around and fish are eating on the surface some afternoons. Otherwise, nymphing with a crayfish, zebra midge, and San Juan worm are your best bets. Streamer fishing is hit or miss, with fish preferring a slowly stripped or swing fly.

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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.
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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 1890 cfs @ Livingston

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Trips

Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Ice can be a major factor on the Yellowstone, so be safe out there. Water temps are pretty chilly, but some warmer weather should improve that through the middle of the month. As always, keep an eye on the wind forecast.

Fish have been eating midges in backwater and slow flat stretches. If you get in the boat, pick a short float for safety reasons. It’s a great time of the year to get your trout spey out and slow swing some streamers. Plenty of good runs near public access sites.

It’s also a great time to get on the local spring creeks and rod fee’s are the lowest they get all 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*-

Closed to fishing from November 6th through May 25th. It was a great season. If you want to book a fly fishing guide for Yellowstone National Park in 2018 we recommend getting a headstart as we have a limited availability. Thanks for a great 2017 season!

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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