Montana Fishing Report

Thursday, May 26, 2016
2010 CFS @ Corwin - The Gallatin River has been dropping for the past few days but is back on the rise again today after a little warmer weather. Its not a great option at the moment as it has turned back to brown, but if it drops again, look for the streamer bite to really pick up. Also, big nymphs fished tight to the banks will be good.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Lower Madison river is looking better and the clarity is also improving over the past couple of days. The visibility is about 18"-24" and the color is turning from brown to green, and the flows have been dropping since the weekend. These conditions make the Lower a great option for the next few days. Nymphing a large crayfish or streamer with a beadhead dropper is still the best option.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
1080 CFS @ Kirby - The Upper Madison has been dropping for the past few days and water clarity has been improving. Streamer fishing has been really good as has nymphing with caddis emergers and small stones. Dry fly fishing has been spotty at best, but look for that to improve with the weather. Water is still cleaner above the West Fork.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
6290 CFS @ Corwin - The Yellowstone River has a recent report of 10 - 16" of visibility at the moment but looks like it may be on the rise again. Streamer fishing has been decent over there for the past 2 or 3 days, but if it starts to come back up, it won't be a great option until it clears. Nymphing tight to the banks has also caught a few fish.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
5200 CFS @ Holter - The Missouri River has been fishing very well recently as the flows and weather have stayed consistent. Caddis and baetis are continuing to show up on the surface and dry fly fishing has been picking up in the late afternoons and evenings. Nymphing remains the most effective technique with fish keying in on worms or caddis pupa.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The spring creeks are offering a quality fishing experience as many of the big rivers move into full runoff conditions. Blue winged olives should be showing up on cloudier days providing dry fly opportunities. Nymphing the deeper areas with scuds or sow bugs as well as small midges should produce fish. Wind will be a factor throughout the weekend.
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