The Gallatin River continued to fish well over the weekend. The lower river is experiencing some early runoff conditions as the East Gallatin River is flowing pretty dirty. For now, stick to fishing south of Belgrade. The Canyon stretch can be a great place to fish this time of year before the kayak and raft crews start floating.
Montana Fishing Report
The reports we've recieved from the Lower Madison River recently have been of off color water and poor fishing. It seems like it's been changing hour by hour, so it has been difficult to keep up with a up-to-minute report. Two days ago the river was clear and fishing great, but as of yesterday, there was only around 8 inches of visibility. Springtime in Montana, right?
We've heard some great reports from the Upper Madison River over the past couple of days. Nymphing continues to be the most productive way to catch fish, mostly dead-drifting stonefly nymphs and midge pupaes. We should start to see some Spring BWOs as the water temps continue to warm. Keep in mind that some stretches of the river are still closed.
We haven't heard a whole lot of reports from the Yellowstone River lately, but it sounds like the river is fairly off color, sort of a brownish-green, with limited visibility. However, it's certainly not unfishable, and these conditions can make for excellent nymphing and streamer fishing. Now is the time to work the banks with big articulated streamers and see what you can find.
The Missouri River up in Craig continues to fish great! Nymphing is the most productive method of fish catching with the normal spring patterns, however the water temps are rising and the dry fly fishing should really pick up in the next few days. Our favorite little olive colored Mayflies will be out in abundance soon, and the trout will be well aware.
You only have a few more days on the Montana Spring Creeks before the winter rates are no longer in effect. We're moving into Spring BWO hatches and the technical dry fly fishing should really start picking up. Start out nymphing and wait for the hatch to get rolling, then do some headhunting and see what you can come up with.