Secret spring creek flowing through thick grassland

Big Sky and Southwestern Montana Fly Fishing Reports

Friday, September 22 2017

Gallatin River 594 cfs @ Gallatin Gateway

Big Sky Montana Fly Fishing Trips

Gallatin River Fishing Report

*Update 9/21 4pm

Clarity has improved in the canyon significantly today! Still green, but we expect nymphing to be good the next couple of days. Snow is the moisture of choice up here today and tomorrow, so we expect clarity to improve over the next couple of days. Stonefly nymphs, bigger Princes, Pheasant Tails and maybe a San Juan Worm.

Above Taylor’s Fork still clear and fishing well with size 14-16 Pheasant Tails.

If you fish below the plug Rubberlegs, san juans and size 16-18 pheasant tails or lightning bugs.

We couldn’t ask for a better weather pattern after weeks of hot, dry days! We do have significant rain and some snow forecasted over much of the next 10 days or so. This means there will be some mud, but you often have openings in between mud plugs that are fishable and fishing in the mud can prove to be quite productive at times as well. If you are uncertain give us a call and we can chat in more detail about daily conditions, patterns to fish and what is fishable.

Expect bigger patterns like Pat’s Rubber Legs, Worms, Princes and more to come into play with off-colored water. We expect easier fishing than we’ve had the last week or two!

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 994 cfs @ Cameron

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips Montana Fly Fishing

Upper Madison River Fishing Report

The upper hasn’t been as consistent as it tends to be, but if you work hard you can usually get past the slump. Playing with fly patterns is probably the biggest challenge this time of year. Don’t be afraid to try big stuff, little stuff and the flies that you just wouldn’t normally fish this time of year if you’re having a hard time. With the colder weather slowly stripped streamers could produce some quality fish. Baetis patterns should start to produce as well.

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 1460 cfs @ McAllister

Madison River Fly Fishing Trips

Lower Madison River Fishing Report

Back in action and fishing great! We’ll keep you posted as we get more reports.

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 3130 cfs @ Livingston

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Trips

Yellowstone River Fishing Report

9/17-Looks like flows are on their way down for the time being, so the next few days will be a great window to check out. More rain forecasted later in the week, which could bring another push of mud.

Will likely have some significant mud moving through the system on and off over the next couple of weeks with significant rain in the forecast. We’ll do our best to keep you in the loop, but checking with shops in Livingston, Emigrant and Gardiner is usually your fastest shot at getting up to date mud reports.

Temperatures are still in great shape on the Yellowstone and will hopefully start to drop in the coming weeks. Fishing reports have been a little more sporadic, but still a lot of good reports coming from the Yellowstone high and low. Hoppers and small terrestrials are the name of the game on the surface.

Hoppers continue to be a good call, but they have seen a lot of pink lately. Try different colors and variate patterns to try and find the magic bullet. Ants and beetles are also a good choice at this time of year to fool some trout that have become hip to the hopper game.

Bigger foam patterns are great for attaching droppers. Try fishing double dries with smaller ants and beetles as your secondary fly under a hopper…if that’s not working, a flashy bead-head with some soft hackle will find some.

If indicators are your thing, a bugger or a rubberlegs with a copper john or a prince nymph will get you some action, but you may have to endure a few whitefish in between.

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*-

NE Corner

With the current weather, the Lamar is blown out and will take some time to recover. Soda Butte will most likely be a bit off color and possibly fishable. Best bet will be Slough Creek. Some drakes have been around, but with the snow its hard to say if they will stick around. Fish are smart, and spook easily, even from the fly itself. Terrestrials did not produce much on Sunday, grey drake cripples worked best.

Madison Inside YNP
Fish are here thanks to the cold weather. Toss on a sink tip and swing away, or get desperate and dirty with a bobber.

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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