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Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/17/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/17/19

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

It’s middle of October in Bozeman, MT: fall is in the air, our rivers are quiet, and the fly fishing has been great. Great fly fishing doesn’t necessarily translate into easy fly fishing every day, in all conditions, but when conditions have been right and angling has been good, the fly fishing has been as great as great gets.

Our Montana fly fishing guides have been out daily with the exception of Wednesday and Thursday of last week when old man winter came through with a good one. Temps were between 9-20 degrees and the snow piled up high. Fall is back and looks to stay in the forecast for the coming week.

Fall is always a fun time to be an angler in Bozeman. This past week alone we have seen the full gamut of conditions across the Yellowstone, Madison, and Missouri Rivers. One day on the Yellowstone River was punishingly windy and we had to work hard to get a handful to the net and the next day it was calm as could be and we were treated to one of the best dry fly fishing sessions of the year. That’s October for you folks. Weather exists beyond our control. But when it’s good it sure is good.

BWOs are king at this point for dry fly anglers on all of our area waters. Bigger bugs are few and far between. We were able to find a few fish willing to eat hoppers this past week, but that is more or less in the rearview mirror from here on out.

Streamer fishing has been the best bet for targeting larger than your average fish. You’ll have to work for it but we’ve seen anglers get rewarded with some truly great rainbow and brown trout over the last weeks on the Madison and Missouri Rivers.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Perfect fall conditions right now on the Yellowstone River. Calm days have made for fantastic dry fly and dry dropper fishing most afternoons. Colder mornings have left a little to be desired, but streamer fishing has been good enough to make things interesting. BWOs, midges, and fall drakes have been on the menu for the dry fly fishing. Our fly fishing guides generally run a tandem dry rig with a sighter and a finesse fly. The real ones are small, very small, especially on sunny days. The Yellowstone River is the best option for anglers in Bozeman, MT that prefer to dry fly fish.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Solid fall fly fishing conditions right now on the Madison River. The river is a ghost town, particularly from Ruby Creek down stream to the Missouri River confluence. We are still wondering where all of the reported crowding is? Makes you wonder.

The streamer fishing has been good to great depending on the day, especially for anglers willing to give up quantity for quality. Nymphing will be the top producer with stonefly nymphs, worms, small BWO nymphs #20-22, and caddis accounting for the bulk of the action. The dry fly fishing has been there under the right conditions: calm wind, calm water, and patient angling. Still a few out there looking for the hopper.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Mid-late October on the Missouri River is about as fun as fly fishing in Montana gets. For every tough weather day you’ll get 6 days you won’t ever forget. Between the fall color, consistent hatches, and excellent dry fly fishing, what more could you ask for? BWOs, small caddis, and a few hoppers are still on the menu. Deep nymphing has been solid but not off the charts. The streamer fishing has varied between good and great, rewarding anglers who commit with larger than your average fish, which on the Missouri River means larger than your average, larger than your average fish.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

The fall run on the Madison River is in full swing, with some truly incredible brown trout coming to hand daily. Cold early mornings and warm afternoons make for unforgettable days spent fly fishing in the Park. While we enjoy chasing the trophy trout of the Madison, our guides and anglers would just as soon spend our days on the Firehole River enjoying great hatches, dry fly fishing, and soft hackle swinging.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Challenging but rewarding. Fall on the spring creeks can be described as nothing short of technical, but good hatches of midges and BWOs have made for high-quality sight fishing on a daily basis.

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

Fall on the Gallatin River is all about getting back to basics. Classic wade fishing for wild trout. Go for a walk, enjoy the fall scenery, and expect to get into some good fishing. Hatches will bring fish up, streamers will get chased, and nymphs will consistently catch. As fun as it gets.

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/7/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/7/19

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

Our Montana fly fishing guides and anglers on the water have seen a little bit of everything since our last report: snow, sunshine, more snow, fall colors, and lots of rising trout. We had a historic early season winter storm move through that marked an abrupt end of summer-like conditions and brought about colder-than average fall temperatures in a hurry. In spite of often trying conditions, the fly fishing has remained solid around Bozeman, MT particularly the fall dry fly bite.

We’ve seen excellent hatches of BWOs on the Yellowstone River and other nearby fisheries. Up on the Missouri River the BWOs have been small, but thick and plenty of caddis around as well making for fun afternoons filled with good dry fly action. The streamer bite has also been above average all over and should continue to improve over the coming weeks. Looking ahead we’ve got some more cold weather in the forecast but nice, normal fall weather to follow. Normal is good in October

Where would we go for the best bite from now through the end of the month? We like the Missouri River, the Yellowstone River, and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks in October. Need a guide to row you down the river and get you in on the action? There is still time to book your Montana fly fishing trip for 2019, contact us today.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Flows and water temps are down to Fall levels. The best action will be found between 1pm and 5pm. No rush to the river. Nymphing and streamer fishing will be your best bet until BWOs start to hatch. Buggers and attractor nymphs #12-16 will be the most productive. No need to get too fancy with the streamer game: medium size buggers and sculpin imitations fished well will produce. The dry fly fishing has been outstanding on calmer afternoons with BWOs hatching and fish eating. Small parachutes fished well will catch fish.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Streamer season on the Madison River. While the hopper fishing sure was great, the ramp to ramp action has come to an end. Still some fish looking up during the heat on the afternoon, but not a sure thing. If you want to consistently see good sized fish in the net you’ll have to work for it. Streamer fishing on the Madison River is never easy, but will reliably catch fish until winter sets in. Some days are better than others, but anglers willing to commit will be rewarded. Otherwise nymphing will be your best bet. Fishing a Pat’s rubber legs to a small mayfly nymph #18-22 will produce. BWOs hatching in the afternoon will bring fish to the surface.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Good and getting gooder by the day. Dry fly fishing has been excellent over the past few weeks with BWOs, caddis, callibaetis, and attractors dries all in play. Blind fishing and sight fishing are both in play. Streamer fishing has been solid with some days excellent. Great time of year to go on a Missouri River fly fishing trip. Nymphing has been slower than usual in the Fall, but seems to be improving by the day. Where its good it is really good and the Missouri River will reward good angling.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

October in Yellowstone Park is a special time. Crowds are thin, the air is cool, and fly fishing is great. We like the west side now through the end of the season. The annual run up the Madison River is underway and fly fishing on the Firehole River has been excellent. Daily hatches have made for some good times and lots of bent rods.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Challenging but rewarding. Fall on the spring creeks can be described as nothing short of technical, but good hatches of midges and BWOs have made for high-quality sight fishing on a daily basis.

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

Fall on the Gallatin River is all about getting back to basics. Classic wade fishing for wild trout. Go for a walk, enjoy the fall scenery, and expect to get into some good fishing. Hatches will bring fish up, streamers will get chased, and nymphs will consistently catch. As fun as it gets.

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 9/15/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 9/15/19

Bozeman, Montana Fly Fishing Overview

Fall is in the air in Bozeman, MT and our Montana fly fishing guides and anglers have been enjoying great fly fishing on a daily basis. We’ve received our first taste of cooler and wetter weather over the past week and were treated to great hatches of Blue Winged Olives (BWOs) and Fall Drakes on our Bozeman area rivers. Anglers can expect this pattern to continue through the end of the month: cooler overcast and rainy days will mean good mayfly hatches while warmer and sunnier days will continue to produce good hopper fishing. Smaller terrestrials will also continue to be important for dry fly anglers and trout as flying ants and beetles will stay on the menu. Streamer fishing has started to pick up across Montana as has the fall nymph bite on the Missouri River. Look for hatches and the fly fishing to only get better through the end of the month. Late September is one of our favorite times of the year to fly fish in Montana: quiet river and strong hatches make for fun days on the river. Our guide’s calendars are just about booked for September but still time to plan your Fall fly fishing trip to Bozeman or the Missouri River in October.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

The main event around Bozeman, MT from now through October. The hopper bite has remained strong and excellent hatches of BWOs and Fall Drakes on the more overcast days have meant excellent dry fly fishing for our guides and anglers. Flows are low enough that wading has become a great option. We expect for fishing only to improve through the end of the month as mayfly hatches improve and the streamer bite picks up with the cooler weather. Nymphing has remained productive with dead-drifted streamers, stonefly nymphs, and larger caddis and mayfly nymphs producing well, trout and whitefish alike. Nowhere bad to fish right now with the Yellowstone fishing well from Gardiner to Columbus.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Will hopper madness on the Madison River continue though the end of the month? Looks like it. While the fish on the Upper Madison have certainly become more wary than they were in late-July and early August, we have still had a good hopper bite on an almost daily basis. Cooler, wetter, and overcast weather will make for tougher hopper fishing. On these days anglers are better off sticking to nymphing, streamer fishing, or targeting slower pools and look for fish rising to BWOs. October caddis have started to show up as well. The Lower Madison has also come into shape again, making for great fishing close to home.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Mother ‘Mo always provides and this September will be no exception. Weeds will persist downstream until later in the fall, but expect for good hatches of BWOs and callibaetis to pick up over the next month and make for great dry fly fishing up and downstream from Craig, MT. Hoppers and Ants will also stay on the menu through the end of the month. Nymphing on the upper river from Holter Dam to Craig has been good and will only get better. Going deep in the morning and short in the afternoon should keep your rod bent all day. Sowbugs, Czech nymphs zebra midges and small mayfly nymphs should have you covered.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

September is a great month to be an angler in Yellowstone National Park. Our guides focus primarily on the Lamar Valley region through the early-fall where the Lamar River drainage offers great hatches and fly fishing for native Cutthroat trout. Fall drakes are the main attraction, generally hatching mid-morning through mid-afternoon. The best hatches can be expected on colder, wetter days, but patient anglers should be able to coax fish to the surface under all conditions. Hoppers and beetles will stay on the menu through the end of the month. Anglers headed west can also expect good fishing on the Madison River drainage with great streamer fishing on the Madison River and solid hatches on the Firehole River. It’s swing season on the west side for wet fly enthusiasts.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Hatches have been thin overall, but hatches of sulphurs will keep things interesting and BWOs will only improve through the end of the month on cooler and overcast days. Nymphing will be the key to consistent success right now on the spring creeks. Small mayfly nymphs, zebras, and sowbugs on 6x and 7x fluorocarbon will produce. Conditions are not easy on the spring creeks, but anglers can expect challenging but rewarding fishing.

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

Flows are perfect for wade fishing from top to bottom and the East Gallatin. Dry fly fishing has been great and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Hopper fishing has been the main attraction on sunnier days and mayfly attractors will get it done on cooler overcast days. Nymphing and streamer fishing will only get better as we move through the month as the larger brown trout become more aggressive.

8/19/19 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

8/19/19 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

Flows are solid, water is cold, and the fly fishing has been great in Bozeman, MT this August. Dry flies have been king on all of our local rivers with hoppers and stoneflies producing some of the largest average size fish we have consistently seen in years. Some days it has seemed like every big brown in the Yellowstone River and Madison River have been looking up and eager to crush the first big hopper that comes their way. Sure makes things fun.

Our anglers and fly fishing guides have been staying busy with bent rods and wet nets everywhere our guiding has taken us. Everywhere is good right now, so load up your gear, head to Bozeman, and go fishing. We still have some guide availability for September 2019 but days are booking fast. Book your 2019 trip today.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Great fly fishing from Gardiner to Columbus. Hoppers are thick just about everywhere and making for solid dry fly fishing from first light until dark. Some days are better than others, but even the slower days have been good. Bigger hoppers generally garner less strikes but bigger fish. Change colors and patterns until you settle in on the action you are looking for. Ants, stoneflies, mayflies, and caddisflies round out the dry fly game. Maybe nowhere better to be in the state right now than the Yellowstone River. We’ll see you out there!

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Déjà vu all over again. 2018 was as good of hopper fishing as we’ve had on the Madison River and 2019 has been as good or better. Warmer and windier days have produced the best action, but the fly fishing has been as steady as it gets. Big fish having been coming to the net daily and our guides and anglers have had great fishing from Lyons Bridge all the way down to Ennis Lake. Throw at the bank or in the middle. We like big hoppers and heavy water. Just remember to set that hook and hold on.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Dry fly fishing on the Missouri River continues to be dynamite with tricos providing lots of shots at actively rising fish and hoppers and ants keeping the blind-game interesting. Some of the biggest fish of the year will be taken on hoppers in August through early September. Can’t fool a stubborn fish? Try an ant, beetle, or other small terrestrial. Nymphing has and will continue to produce more fish than grass in 2019. For best results head upriver: crayfish, weight flies, Czech nymphs, midges, and sowbugs are the top picks.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

August is our favorite month for fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park. The northeast corner is our favorite region and the Yellowstone River, Slough Creek, the Lamar River, and Soda Butte Creek are all fishing great. Terrestrials and attractor dries are the name of the game. Small hoppers, ants, beetles, parachutes, and stimulators will keep the many cutthroat of the region looking up and well fed. We like to show up early, go for a hike, and find some solitude. Flows are perfect for easy wade fishing across the park and our guides are always up for showing anglers some places off the beaten path.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Hatches have been thin making for less than ideal conditions for the dry fly fishing, but nymphing has remained solid and terrestrial fishing has rewarded the diligent and patient dry fly angler. Mid-August is never prime time on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, but for anglers wanting challenging yet rewarding fly fishing, there is still no better option than DePuys, Armstrong, and Nelson Spring Creeks.

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

Flows are perfect for wade fishing from top to bottom and the East Gallatin. Dry fly fishing has been great and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Spruce moths are out as well as terrestrials. Fishing in the Gallatin Valley with small hoppers has been excellent. Evening hatches of caddis have been great. The Gallatin River is the best easy-access option for anglers in Bozeman.

Stillwater River Fly Fishing Report

Flows are still way above average making for great float fishing conditions and access down through the lower river. Hoppers, hoppers, and more hoppers on the Stillwater River right now which has made for great days for our anglers and guides. Soul fishing at its finest on the Stillwater River: tie on your favorite dry and go fish!

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 7/4/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 7/4/19

Bozeman Fly Fishing Summary

Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is a big deal in Montana. Rodeos rule in small towns, parades in bigger, and a good ol’ time of it everywhere. Our larger rivers may be crowded but it’s a holiday weekend after all, and everyone is out for the same reason: to have some fun, so join in!

The fly fishing has also been pretty dang fun all over as of late. The Missouri River and Madison River are in prime shape with strong hatches and good flows. The Yellowstone River is dropping and fishable, although not quite in prime form yet. Our smaller freestone rivers are all right on the cusp. Our Montana fly fishing guides have been all over recently showing anglers great days at both our Bozeman and Missouri River Basecamps. July is a great time to be an angler in Montana.

Salmonfly madness has hit the Madison River over the last week and the big bugs are out and about. They are starting to show on the upper river but still around down through town. Anglers willing to commit will be rewarded with some great fish, but don’t expect huge numbers. Good angling will be rewarded. We were lucky enough to cross paths with a handful of truly special fish in the last week. But they never come easy.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

The annual PMD hatch is in full-swing. The trout ate anything #14-18 and yellow the last couple weeks but have and will become smarter. Cripples, spinners, and down-sizing will be the name of the game. Pods of fish up most morning from Wolf Creek down to Cascade. Big singles can be found on the banks later in the day. Bring your A-game and you will be rewarded. Our fly fishing guides are all great teachers that work with anglers to improve their dry fly game. Challenging yet rewarding. Nymphing on the Missouri River has also been outstanding with sowbugs remaining the top choice up at Holter Dam but PMDs, Caddis, and Crayfish ruling the further down you go. Deep and short will both produce.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Salmonfly madness is here! The big bugs can be found from Ennis up through Cameron, with some of the largest fish in the river looking up for them. Commitment to the big bug will be rewarded. Don’t be discouraged by a slow morning or couple hours, stick to your guns and the trout will come. And hold on tight when they do. Strong hatches of caddisflies, PMDs, and Yellow sallies have kept the small dry game productive as of late. Our anglers and guides have been treated to some great fish coming to the net on the Madison River over the past week. The salmonfly hatch is one of the best opportunities each year to catch fish well in excess of 20-inches on a dry fly. Nymphing remains as strong as ever. You could do worse than fishing a Pats Rubber Legs #4-8 to a #14-16 green caddis anywhere on the Madison River right now. The lower river remains a good option for anglers wanting to stay close to town but early starts and a good sense of humor are mandatory. The toobers are here!

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Fishable. Not prime yet, but flows are just over 11k and visibility is improving. Salmonflies are around making dry-dropper fishing an option. The best bite will be nymphing or with streamers. Focus on the calmest water you can find. By the 10th flows should be below 10k and the fishing should be excellent.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Excellent hatches of PMDs now through the end of the month and into July. Hope your rods are already reserved as availability is scarce. Want to get in on the action? Book your 2020 rods today.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

Stillwater fishing is king in Yellowstone National Park for now. The rivers are the west side are getting warm and the rivers in the Northeast Corner aren’t quite in shape yet. Nez Perce Creek would be a good bet for anglers than want moving water.

 

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 6/20/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 6/20/19

Bozeman Fly Fishing Summary

June is one of our favorite months of the year to be an angler in Bozeman, MT. Dry fly fishing on the Missouri River and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks is great with PMDs, Caddis, and ants keeping our trout looking up. Dropping flows on the Madison River make streamer and nymphing great up tight against the banks, with some of the largest trout of the year caught each June. The Gallatin River is on the verge of really coming into shape. The Yellowstone River and other larger freestone rivers are still running high, but are just a few weeks away from running green and fishing well. Salmonflies are right around the corner all over. Our fly fishing guides are just about all booked up through early-August, but we still have a few slots open to get in on our summer fly fishing season from both our Bozeman and Missouri River Basecamps.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

More PMDs and Caddis hatching by the day. Anglers wanting to fish the dry fly will be rewarded. We have had excellent fishing from the upper river all the way down through the canyon and down to Cascade. No better time to fish the mighty Missouri River than June with our Missouri River fly fishing guides. Never too early to plan your trip: June 2020 will be here before you know it and calendars are already starting to fill. Nymphing from Holter Dam to Craig has remained rock solid. Sowbugs and PMDs dominate the nymphing menu. Both deep and short rigs have been effective. Nothing but good times and great fishing on the Missouri River from now through mid-July.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Salmonflies are coming. When will they hatch? Hard to say for sure but the trout in the Madison River have started to key in on the large nymphs crawling around the banks. Flows remain high but fishable, with the most consistent action found on the Lower Madison below Ennis Lake. Crayfish, stoneflies, caddisflies, mayflies, and annelids (WORMS) are all on the menu. Now through the end of June the Madison River will remain the best option for anglers fishing local in Bozeman.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

High, muddy, and not safe to float without significant whitewater experience. Leave it for the rafters until July. Then it’s game on. We are expecting another great year on the Yellowstone River. A solid snow pack makes for a long season on the Yellowstone, will cold water, good flows, and great fly fishing all through the summer months. The Yellowstone River has always been the favorite of our anglers and guides in Bozeman, MT. Strong hatches, great dry fly fishing, native cutthroat trout, and 120+ miles of water are the reasons why. The 2019 season is shaping up to be a great one on all of our freestone rivers and we are counting down the days until flows drop and the salmonflies are hatching.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Excellent hatches of PMDs now through the end of the month and into July. Hope your rods are already reserved as availability is scarce. Want to get in on the action? Book your 2020 rods today.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

Head west in Yellowstone National Park to the Madison River drainage for the best public access wade fishing in the area. The Madison, Gibbon, and Firehole Rivers are all wishing well, with stable flows and good hatches making for great days on the water. PMDs and caddis are the main fare on the menu for these trout. Dry flies, nymphs, and the wet fly swing will all produce.