Fishing Reports

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February 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Gallatin River Fishing Report
Is it winter?  Or is it Spring?  Hard saying at the moment!  Very nice weather this week has lots of folks getting outside and on the water to try to alleviate that "shack nasties".  And fishing won't disappoint.  Ice jams that had been along the river earlier are all but totally gone.  With the warm weather, water temps have been on the rise.  However, focusing on the slow, off speed deep holding water and be very diligent are still very much the key to success.  The water is very cold and the fish will not move far to eat a fly.  That being said, winter fishing on the Gallatin can at times be outstanding!  Midge,  Baetis and small mayfly attractors nymphs as well as Pat's Rubberleg stoneflies in various colors, San Juans, and small egg paterns will be your best bets. Fishing has been best starting late morning into the afternoon. Look for cloudy conditions for the best fishing.

Recommended Flies

Parachute Adams sz 16-18
Parachute Purple Haze sz 16-18
Sparkle Spinner BWO sz 18-22
3 Dollar Dip sz 16-20
Shop Vac sz 16-20
Short Wing Emerger BWO sz 16-20
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Lightning Bugs sz 16-18
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 10-14
Slumpbusters sz 8-10
Zonkers sz 4-8
McCunes Sculpin sz 6
JJ Special sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
January 13th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • 30 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Gallatin River Fishing Report 01/13/2015
The Gallatin is a good bet for winter fishing.  You'll want to focus primarily on the waters below where the West Fork comes in at the Big Sky Spur Rd and downstream a bit as the spring fed water that comes into the river through this area keeps the river more ice free than other parts.  Other areas to hit will be from Axtell Bridge (Gallatin Gateway) upstream  through the Gallatin River Canyon.  Look for the slow, off speed deep holding water and be very diligent.  The water is very cold and the fish will not move far to eat a fly.  That being said, winter fishing on the Gallatin can at times be outstanding!  Midge,  Baetis and small mayfly attractors nymphs as well as Pat's Rubberleg stoneflies in various colors, San Juans, and small egg paterns will be your best bets. Fishing has been best starting late morning into the afternoon. Look for cloudy conditions for the best fishing.

Recommended Flies

Parachute Adams sz 16-18
Parachute Purple Haze sz 16-18
Sparkle Spinner BWO sz 18-22
3 Dollar Dip sz 16-20
Shop Vac sz 16-20
Short Wing Emerger BWO sz 16-20
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Lightning Bugs sz 16-18
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 10-14
Slumpbusters sz 8-10
Zonkers sz 4-8
McCunes Sculpin sz 6
JJ Special sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
October 11th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • 57 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Gallatin River Fishing Report 10/11/14
The Gallatin has been fishing pretty good the last few days. Baetis and small mayfly attractors will be your best bet on top. Sub-surface tactics will also produce a number of good fish. Streamers, baetis nymphs, buggers, and midge larva are all good flies to use under the indicator or swung. Fishing has been best late morning into the afternoon. Look for cloudy conditions for the best fishing.

Recommended Flies

Parachute Adams sz 16-18
Parachute Purple Haze sz 16-18
Sparkle Spinner BWO sz 18-22
3 Dollar Dip sz 16-20
Shop Vac sz 16-20
Short Wing Emerger BWO sz 16-20
Prince Nymph sz 14-18
Lightning Bugs sz 16-18
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 10-14
Slumpbusters sz 8-10
Zonkers sz 4-8
McCunes Sculpin sz 6
JJ Special sz 6-10

Feel free to stop by the shop anytime or give a call 406-333-4401 for any other information.
 
January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • 32 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Gallatin is one of the area's more consistent winter fisheries.  As the rest of the winter goes, this will be one to get better and better.  Just like all area winter time fishing, look for deep & very slow moving runs as places to concentrate your efforts.  Cold water, as long as its not ice choked, will have periods of OK trout activity during the day.  Typically it will be during the warmest few hours of the day.(1-3pm)  Nymphing with basic attractor flies in smaller sizes followed by small to tiny midge patterns are good bets.  Pts, princes, copper johns, small san juan worms, small stonefly patterns, hares ears are good lead flies.  Brassies, zebra midges, disco midges, and the like are great droppers.  You could also try small egg patterns.
 
August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Excellent fishing on the Gallatin right now.  The dry fly fishing in the Gateway area as well as the canyon up to and around Big Sky has been really consistent.Spruce Moths are very much evident in the canyon area and have the Gallatin phatties keyed up to eat these so fishing spruce moth dry patterns has been fantastic.  Look for this to hang around for another week or so before it subsides.  Wanting to fish lower down in the valley thing goldenstones and hopper type patterns as your mainstay.  If not the spruce moths in the canyon and upriver above Big Sky, think juice attractors for dries and smaller beadheads behind stonefly nymph patterns if you choose to nymph.  Don't think you'll need to but to each his own...Streamer fishermen will do well pulling typcial wooly buggers, small sculpin patterns and the like.

Your Fly Box:

Pat's Rubberlegs sizes 6-10
Yuk bugs 6-10
Mega prince 8-10
Mr. Rubberlegs 8-10
Tungsten 20-incher 8-12
Gold bead Crystal Rubberleg bugger 6-10
FB Hare's ear 12-16
Morrish Dirty Bird 12-16
Lightning bug 12-18
Soft hackle PT 12-18
FB PT 12-18
Iron Sally 12-14
King Prince 12-16
Queen Prince 12-16
San Juan Worm 10-14
Idyl's Chubby 8-12
RL Stimi 8-14
Goldie Hawn 12-14
Yellow Humpy 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis 12-18
Purple Haze parachute 12-16
Hi-vis para Adams 12-16

Call us for up to minute updates on the upper and lower stretches.
406-333-4401


 
August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Tired of looking at  a nymph rig to get a few fish?  Heading to the Gallatin is an excellent choice right now. The Gallatin is in great shape right now. The dry fly fishing in the canyon and below it has been really consistent and we have heard reports of some bigger than average fish coming to hand as of late. The higher flows are probably keeping all the fish happy and chowing. As a wade fishing option right now the Gallatin is a great choice. However, it is still uncharacteristically high and you won't be able to cross where ever you want. Wade carefully. Keep in mind that Spruce Moths have been fluttering around and little hoppers are starting to show themselves. 

Your Fly Box:

Pat's Rubberlegs sizes 6-10
Yuk bugs 6-10
Mega prince 8-10
Mr. Rubberlegs 8-10
Tungsten 20-incher 8-12
Gold bead Crystal Rubberleg bugger 6-10
FB Hare's ear 12-16
Morrish Dirty Bird 12-16
Lightning bug 12-18
Soft hackle PT 12-18
FB PT 12-18
Iron Sally 12-14
King Prince 12-16
Queen Prince 12-16
San Juan Worm 10-14
Idyl's Chubby 8-12
RL Stimi 8-14
Goldie Hawn 12-14
Yellow Humpy 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis 12-18
Purple Haze parachute 12-16
Hi-vis para Adams 12-16

Call us for up to minute updates on the upper and lower stretches.
406-333-4401