The Gallatin River was pretty dirty out in Four Corners this morning. If you're wanting to fish here, you're best bet will be to take a drive South to up above Taylor's Fork, outside of Big Sky. South of there the water is clear and looking great! Nymphing with big stoneflies and baetis nymphs will be most productive, and look for fish to be holding in the slower deeper pools.
Montana Fishing Report
The Lower Madison is clearing up a bit, but is still fairly off color. Yesterday there was around 12-16" of visibility. There has still been plenty of people fishing though, and the fish still have to eat, right? Nymphing the slower runs with crayfish and worms will be the most productive. It should continue to clear up and be back to normal soon enough.
The Upper Madison River is still your best fishing choice within an hour and a half of Bozeman. The Varney-Burnt Tree stretch has been fished pretty hard, but it is still fishing well. McAtee Bridge-Varney is another good choice right now for those who want to float. Primarily nymphing, but if the clouds roll in there can be some great streamer fishing!
The Yellowstone River definitely has a bit of color in it. It sounds like there is mud coming down from Gardiner as we type, and there is mud coming from the Shield's River below 89 Bridge. You might be able to fish from Town to 89 today, but the mud is on it's way. If you go out, bust out the 7wt. and throw some big streamers.
The Missouri River is still on fire! The River is pretty high right now, so fishing from a boat is actually advantageous. Wade fishing can be a bit sketchy at these flows. Nymphing is still the way to go, but there were some good BWO hatches over the weekend. The Missouri will be the place to go during this high water Spring.
With the warming weather, we will be experiencing some Spring runoff conditions on many of our area rivers. The beauty of the Spring Creeks is that they don't get any of that runoff. The fishing will continue to be outstanding all through the spring. The Spring BWO dry fly fishing is on and the nymphing continues to be very good.