Montana Fishing Report

Monday, March 2, 2015
287 CFS - The Gallatin River fished well over the weekend, when temperatures warmed up in the afternoons. If you're looking to get out, two good spots to try would be down here in the Valley, and up by Big Sky, as there are a few springs that flow in up there. Nymphs will be your friend, with stoneflies, caddis, and BWO patterns leading the way. Keep an eye out for midges as well.
Monday, March 2, 2015
1290 CFS [36.3℉] - The Lower Madison River is one of the best choices right now. All reports we've been hearing have been solid, with nymphs being the way to go. Stoneflies and midges are your friend out there, but don't forget the Baetis style nymphs either. Dry fly fishing has been great on some days, but slow on others. The streamer bite has been a bit hit or miss.
Monday, March 2, 2015
804 CFS [36.7℉] @ Hebgen - Keep in mind that two major sections of the Upper Madison River are now closed for Rainbow Trout Spawing. Quake Lake to McAtee Bridge, and from Ennis to Ennis Lake are closed until May 16th. That said, McAtee Bridge to Ennis are excellent stretches of river to fish during the winter months, and the Hebgen-Quake stretch has been fishing very well.
Monday, March 2, 2015
1,260 CFS @ Livingston - Judging by the Pine Creek Webcam, the Yellowstone River has a bit of ice flowing down right now. That said, it has been cold, but it's warming up, and we should be good to go within a few days. This weekend is looking like nice weather, so get those fly boxes ready! Don't forget, your 2014 fishing license has expired, so stop by to get your new one!
Monday, March 2, 2015
4880 CFS [35.2℉] @ WC Dam - If you're looking to get dust off that two-handed rod and swing up some heavy hitting Rainbows, the Missouri River is a great place to do so right now. In addition to the swing bite, nymphing has been solid if you know where to find the fish. SLOW water is where they're at. We mean barely moving. Keep an eye out for those midge sippers as well.
Monday, March 2, 2015
If you can get a calm day, it would be a great idea to visit your local Spring Creek. The creeks fish very well year round, but especially in the Winter months. Nymphing will likely be the way to go, but that is certainly not to say you won't see any midge activity. As the temps continue to rise back up, the BWO nymph bite will turn on and we will see the BWO duns soon enough.
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