The Gallatin River is starting to clear after several days of heavy runoff and dirty water. The Gallatin has about 1 foot of visibility and the color looks better than it did a couple of days ago. There are probably better options at this time but if you do find yourself along the river it would be worth throwing a large stonefly nymph or San Juan worm along the edges which should be clearer.
Montana Fishing Report
Friday, April 29, 2016
1610 CFS @ Ennis - Caddis are still the story on the Lower Madison with plenty of bugs all the way up into Bear Trap Canyon. The river is still off color and Cherry Creek has some mud in it, but is overall in pretty good shape. Dry fly fishing with Caddis has been best in the evenings with nymphing being best throughout the day.
Friday, April 29, 2016
1030 CFS @ Kirby - The Upper Madison has a little color in it, but is overall in great shape. Baetis and March Browns are the predominant hatches with fish up on them on the overcast days. Nymphing has been solid throughout the day, but don't miss out on the great dry fly fishing. Caddis should start showing up better in a few days.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
4040 CFS @ Crowin - The Yellowstone River has been rising and it looks like there could be some dirty water in the next few days. Dry fly fishing the last few days has been great with fish eating Caddis and March Browns. Also fishing a rubberlegs or larger stonefly nymph with a caddis pupa can be very productive. Streamer fishing is also starting to pick up.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Missouri River has been fishing great the past few days! With cooler and cloudy weather there have been fantastic BWO hatches creating some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. Nymphing and streamer fishing have also been productive when surface activity is not happening. The good fishing should continue on the as more of the rainbows return from spawning.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
The spring creeks are a great option right now if you can get on them. They have been fairly busy with the rivers in the area going dirty. Caddis and Baetis have been the story with some pretty good dry fly fishing on the overcast days. Nymphing the deeper holes will always produce a few fish. Targeting a specific fish is best for dry fly fishing.