Montana Fishing Report

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
613 CFS @ Gateway - The Gallatin River in the canyon and up towards Big Sky is looking really good right now. With the temps staying in the 80's for the following week I would stay upstream of Axtell Bridge during the middle of the day. Dry fly fishing in the canyon has been great with spruce moths, terrestrials, and caddisflies.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
1,730 CFS @ bl Ennis - Flows on the Lower Madison River have stabilized over the past couple of days. Water temps have dropped to mid-high 60's making the river a little more manageable than it has been the past month. Temperatures will still spike during the heat of the day so I would recommend getting out pretty early or early evening.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
1,230 CFS @ Kirby - It's hard to beat the Upper Madison if you're looking to spend a day of fishing. If you get there early I'd recommend throwing a small streamer or sculpin before the sun heats up the river. When afternoon hits switch to your hopper-dropper setup as this has been deadly as of late. Once evenings rolls around use a caddis or midge
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
2,690 CFS @ Corwin - The Yellowstone River is a great late summer option right now. The fish are keyed into terrestrials so a hopper-dropper combo is a great starting setup if you show up around 11 AM. Mornings have been decent but not as productive as afternoon & into the evening. If you're looking to streamer fish grab your favorite yellow one.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
5,290 CFS @ Holter - The Missouri River is hard to beat right now. Trico's are in full force from 7-10 AM. After the main hatch and into the afternoon, look for fish rising to spent trico's. Once the heat of the day arrives switch to a hopper dropper. If the hopper bite is slow dredge the bottom with long leaders and plenty of weight on your setup.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks continue to fish well. Caddis hatches will be the most abundant later on in the day with some cloud cover. Terrestrials like an ant or beetle have been working well along with smaller attractor patterns like a trude or small stimulator. If dry fly fishing is slow try swinging a soft hackle in the faster ripples.
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