Gallatin River Fishing Report, April, 2014

Gallatin River High and Muddy

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Gallatin River has jumped up quite a bit in the past few days and visibility is down to just a few inches here in the valley.  The source of the majority of the mud is Taylor's Fork, south of Big Sky.  The river upstream from there is still in great shape and is fishing very well.  Nymphing will still be the most productive, with big Stonefly nymphs and smaller Baetis nymphs.  

Gallatin River Pretty Off Color

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Gallatin River was pretty dirty out in Four Corners this morning.  If you're wanting to fish here, you're best bet will be to take a drive South to up above Taylor's Fork, outside of Big Sky.  South of there the water is clear and looking great!  Nymphing with big stoneflies and baetis nymphs will be most productive, and look for fish to be holding in the slower deeper pools.  

The Gallatin River has a Bit of Color, but Fishing Well

Thursday, April 17, 2014

As of this morning the Gallatin River was looking pretty good here in Four Corners.  With the warmer weather, we will likely start to see some changing water conditions, but for now the river looks good and is fishing great!  Fish are eating big stonefly nymphs and tiny baetis nymphs as well as streamers.  

The Gallatin River has a Bit of Color, but Fishing Well

Monday, April 14, 2014

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.  

The Gallatin River has a Bit of Color, but Fishing Well

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Gallatin River has a bit of color in it down here in the Gallatin Valley today.  That being said, the fishing has been good.  Mostly nymph fishing, but recently there was a great BWO hatch on the lower river.  Streamer fishing has been productive as well, but stick to the natural colors like olive and tan.  


Gallatin River Fishing Well Over the Weekend

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Gallatin River has been fishing pretty well over the past few days.  We are sort of in between hatches at the moment as the Midges start to taper off, and the Baetis start to hatch.  We should have some great Spring dry fly fishing in the next week or two.  Nymphing has still been producing good numbers of fish.  

Gallatin River is fishing great - Nymphing the way to go

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Gallatin River has continued to fish very well over the past week.  Nymphing is still the most productive way to get into fish, with stoneflies and baetis imitations being the go-to patterns.  In the afternoons, stripping streamers along the banks has been producing some nicer browns.  It won't be long until the Gallatin moves into run-off mode, so get out there now while you can! 

Early April Report

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Gallatin has remained clear and fishable and the river has been producing some very good fishing from the Yellowstone Park boundary all the way down to Manhattan.  Dead drifting nymphs under an indicator has produced the best results but there have been a few nice fish taken on streamers especially from Gallatin Gateway down.