Gallatin River Fishing Report, May, 2016

Gallatin River still not a great option

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.

Gallatin River Off Color

Saturday, May 21, 2016
We drove over the Gallatin River this morning in 4 Corners and it looks like it is not a great option at this time. The past couple of days it has rained quite a bit in the area and this has not helped and it looks like we are starting to get runoff as well. You never know what might happen the next few days if the rain stops but for the near future I would recommend somewhere else to fish.

Gallatin River fishable

Thursday, May 19, 2016
2420 CFS @ Gallatin Gateway - The Gallatin River flows have stayed relatively consistent over the past few days. Although the river continues to be off color there is fishable water. Continue to fish along the edges and closer to the banks where fish could be holding in slower water. Nymphing larger stoneflies or san juan worms will be the ticket.

Gallatin is Clearing

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
We just checked the Gallatin River at the 4 Corners Bridge and it looks like the clarity has improved in the past couple of days. While the river is still off color there is about 10"-12" of visibility and we saw several people fishing! Try fishing the edges closer to the bank with a large nymph or a San Juan Worm for best results. The flows have been dropping the past couple of days.

Gallatin river back on the rise

Sunday, May 15, 2016
2180 CFS @ Gateway - The Gallatin River is back on the rise with warmer weather and some rain. Clarity is not good right now, but there have been a few people out fishing on it reporting some success fishing close to the banks with bigger darker streamers. As it continues to rise, there are probably better to fish until it clears up a bit.

Gallatin River dropping

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
1800 CFS @ Gateway - The Gallatin has been dropping now for a few days and has about 8-10" of visibility currently with a brownish green tinge to it. Fishing is certainly possible for the next few days until the warm weather returns. Big nymphs with caddis pupa fished tight to the banks should be productive and caddis are still active in the canyon.

Gallatin High and dirty

Monday, May 9, 2016
2710 CFS @ Gateway - The Gallatin has gotten high and dirty with all the warm weather in what looks like the beginning of spring runoff. Its not a great option at the moment but the upper reaches could start to clear a bit if we get cooler weather this week. If you do venture out near it, please be careful as it is swift and cold.
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