Montana Fishing Report

Thursday, December 6, 2018
312 CFS @ Gateway- The Gallatin is hit or miss this time of year, with temps getting below zero at night it makes fishing difficult due to ice and slush. If you are going to head that way plan an afternoon trip and fish small Wire Midge patterns along with a heavier Worm pattern to get down deep. Most of the fish will be in slow moving water.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
1510 CFS @ Ennis- The Lower Madison is a great option this time of year if you are willing to brave the elements. Hiking into the canyon is a good bet and helps keep warm. Slower deep runs will be holding the greater numbers of fish so nymphing any small Midge and Egg pattern will work. On most overcast days you will see fish rising!
Thursday, December 6, 2018
1000 CFS @ Kirby- The Upper has been fishing great around Three Dollar Bridge and Raynolds. Nymphis is great with a heavy Worm or Egg pattern trailed by a Copper John or Wire Midge. Getting down to the fish is key so adding weight or lightening tippet size is necessary. Look for fish working on top in slack water and side channels on warmer days.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
1430 CFS @ Livingston - The Yellowstone has been slowing down and isn't the best option for right now. With that being said, fish are still being caught it might just take a little more work than normal. I would recommend trying a rubber legs on top with a soft hackle or bead-head behind it and working deep slow runs with plenty of weight.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
4670 CFS @ Holter- The Missouri has always been a go to in the winter months due to the abundance of large and catchable Trout compared to other rivers in Montana this time of year. Go pink and go small, add lots of weight and put a indicator on. Swinging two handers is also a fun option if your looking to change things up!
Saturday, December 1, 2018
The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks fish very well this time of year not to mention the beautiful scenery attached with them. The dry fly fishing has been a little slow as of late although there is the occasional midge hatch. The majority of action has been subsurface although it can be tricky to get a good drift with the challenging currents.
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