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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 11/6/18

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 11/6/18

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

Election day fishing report. Stop by your polling place and cast a vote on the way to the river. If you are a Montana resident and support clean water and responsible mining, great day to vote yes on I-186. Visit https://www.yeson186.org/ to learn more.

Snow day in Bozeman. Coming down pretty good, reports indicating several feet deep in the high mountains. What does this mean for anglers that aren’t ready to call it a season yet? Still lots of great fly fishing to be had in Bozeman, Montana. Fly fishing pressure is non-existent on our local rivers like the Madison River and Yellowstone River. Weather becomes the major variable that can hamper success on our rivers in November. Water temps are still great and the fish are on the feed. Float tips this past week on the Madison River were great. Calmer days with highs above freezing will be your best bet from here on out.

Fish have started to move into deeper, slower water as temperatures have started to come down. Targeting them with nymphs and streamers will be your best bet from here on out. DePuy’s Spring Creek will be your best bet for dry fly fishing close to Bozeman, MT from here on out. The Missouri River and the Big Horn River will be your next best bets. Good midge hatches and lingering BWOs.

Winter/Spring Special Guide Trips run from now until the end of April 2019. Good fly fishing at a great price. Give us a shout to book your Bozeman fly fishing trip today.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

The best float fishing option around for anglers fly fishing in Bozeman, MT this month. Flows are still above 1000CFS, water temperatures are great and lots of great trout on the feed. The trout on the Madison River have started to stack up in deeper, slower runs, and targeting these buckets with nymphs will produce consistent results. Our anglers and Bozeman fly fishing guides have had great luck in the past week with stonefly nymphs, worms, lightning bugs, midges, and larger caddis nymphs. Streamer fishing has also been excellent. Black, white, olive, and flashy have all been productive. Lots of lake fish have moved into the lower half of the upper Madison River. Great fly fishing for larger than your average rainbow trout and brown trout. We saw quite a few redds this past week, steer clear of these spawning areas, especially when wading.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Streamer bite has been solid and nymphing has been good. The dry fly hatches are just about done for the year, but fly fishing with attractor flies will still yield some strikes. Great time of year to target the middle of the river. Nymphing 3.5-5ft deep on the current edges will be your best way to keep rods bent. The whitefish spawn is full on right now and they are feeding extremely aggressively. Enjoy catching whitefish, lots of fun in between trout. Our fly fishing guides generally nymph with larger attractor nymphs through November. Large stonefly patterns, buggers, crayfish, or princes are great top flies. Hare’s ears, princes, jig style flies, and lightning bugs are great second flies. Streamer fishing with smaller buggers has been productive and will continue to be all month long. Anglers hoping to catch the biggest and baddest of brown trout this month will want to throw big flies and cover lots of water. Big brown trout on the Yellowstone River never come easy. Just keeping casting.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

The ‘Mo continues to provide and will continue to do so all through the month of November. We are looking forward to our annual end of season Thanksgiving fly fishing trip that has previously been on the Big Horn River, but will be held on the Missouri River this year. Lots of fun, no matter what the weather decides to do. The upper Missouri River from Holter Dam to Craig will be the main attraction for visiting angler this month. The nymphing will continue to be outstanding. Czech nymphs, midges, sow bugs, smaller buggers, and larger attractor nymphs like worms and hare’s ears will all be on the table. Look for fish to move into slower water as water temperatures continue to drop. Having a hair trigger for setting the hook becomes very important. If your bobber so much as wiggles, set that hook. And don’t be surprised if it doesn’t take off running. For the dry fly anglers, opportunities will continue to present themselves all month long but it will not be an all day thing. A window here and a window there. Mostly midges with some lingering BWOs. If I was planning a November fly fishing trip to Montana, the Missouri River would be first on my list.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek

From here on out probably the best overall option for anglers fly fishing in Bozeman, Montana. DePuy’s, Armstrong’s, and Nelson’s Spring Creeks will continue to fish well all month long. And the warming huts on DePuy’s Spring Creek are a great place to ride out winter weather. Midges will continue to hatch all month long. Calm wind helps a lot. Lots of fish in the creeks right now, and look for numbers to only increase through the winter into March. Nymphing has been outstanding with small midges #18-22 and sowbugs #16-20. Larger scuds have also been producing. Nymphing the runs below riffles in the morning and dry fly fishing after 11:30 AM has been a good program for all day success.

Gallatin River

As it gets colder and days get shorter, proximity to Bozeman, MT becomes a major consideration for a day of fly fishing. And the Gallatin River sure is close. Nymphing with larger attractor nymphs including stoneflies, worms, larger hares ears, and princes will be great on the Gallatin River from here on out. No rod fees, lots of access, and consistently good fishing for wild trout make it a great option for all anglers in November. Probably where you will find our fly fishing guides fishing. Streamer fishing can also be great if you are willing to keep moving and covering water. Small, heavy buggers are your best bet.

Yellowstone National Park

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

Bozeman, Montana Fly Fishing Report 5/23/18

Bozeman, Montana Fly Fishing Report 5/23/18

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

Rain today, 80 degrees yesterday, and they are calling for 85 degrees in Craig, MT by Friday. Sounds like Spring to me! The fishing gods have been generous to us this past week. Despite variable flows, changing weather, and all of our major freestone rivers remaining blown out (check back in July), our anglers and Montana fly fishing guides were treated to consistently great fly fishing this past week. The Missouri River fished as well as it ever has for us and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks had good hatches on the more overcast and rainy days. This will be our story for the next month. For clean water and great fly fishing, our local tailwaters and spring creeks will be your best bet. Want to learn how to fish the Missouri River at 15000+ CFS? Give us a shout to hire a guide for the day.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report:

The Missouri River is running high but clear, and has been spoiling our anglers and guides on a daily basis. We are lucky to have such an amazing Spring trout fishery in our backyard. Flows hit 15000+ CFS. And the trout couldn’t be happier. More water means more food for our Missouri River trout, and great fishing for our anglers. The Missouri River is fishing great from Holter Dam all the way down to Cascade now. Lots of bugs hatching, but high water makes for limited, if any, dry fly opportunities. To consistently catch Missouri River trout above 9500 CFS, you’ve got to get down and dirty. Go deep in the traditional mid-river spots or shorten up and fish back towards the bank. Worms, scuds, sows, mayflies, caddis, and crayfish patterns are all getting it done. At these flows the holding water isn’t obvious to the untrained eye. 2018 will be a good year to hire a pair of Missouri River trained guide eyes if yours aren’t. Or wait until 2019 when flows drop again. A couple big river deep nymphing tricks: Set on everything, every time; if you aren’t hitting bottom every once in a while you aren’t deep enough; pile on the split shot; and don’t “group shoot” i.e. the river may be big but you still have to fish the right water, at the right depth, with the right flies.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report:

Still the best wade fishing option in the state as of May 23rd. The water is clean, trout are rising, and fishing is good. You may have to pay-to-play on the creeks, but we feel it is worth every penny. Traffic has been lighter on the creeks as we shift between hatches, but BWOs and midges continue to hatch on the cooler and wetter days. Nymphing the riffles has continued to produce fish for our anglers both before and after hatches. PTs, midges, sowbugs, scuds, and caddis pupa have all produced fish. To consistently catch fish on the creeks you have to think like a fish. Where are they holding, when are they feeding, what are they eating, and how wary are they are all important questions to ask yourself. And don’t forget your 6x.‍

Madison River Fly Fishing Report:

Flows are coming up on the Madison River. Be careful wading and floating out there. Northwestern Energy will be raising flows to a flushing flow level (~3500 CFS at Kirby Ranch) for an extended period of time over the course of the next week or so. Navigating the Sunwest and Wolf Creek bridges can become dangerous at these levels. Anchoring safely becomes a challenge. Wade fisherman should exercise extreme caution on all parts of the Madison River. Anglers wanting to fish the river over the upcoming weeks will need to go deeper, heaving, and bigger than normal to find fish. Time to break out the bobbers or big streamers and sink tip lines. Worms, stonefly nymphs, big prince nymphs, and sculpins can all get it done. Don’t be afraid to put on an extra piece of split shot. Fish the softest water you can find for the most consistent results. This is a great time of year to get out on the Lower Madison River before the annual summer toob hatch. Get it while the getting is good!

Yellowstone River, Gallatin River, and other local freestone Fly Fishing Report:

Still big, still muddy, still unfishable. Don’t hold your breathe waiting for our freestone rivers to come back into shape. Snowpack levels are still well above average. Runoff is here and here to stay. Our magic 8 ball is telling us the Yellowstone will be good to go by July 25th +/- a week. Or it could be August 10th if the rains and cooler weather stick around. Only time will tell. I was able to get a day of rafting in on the Yellowstone River last week. Flows are very high and all floaters should exercise extreme caution. And I wouldn’t take out at the Hwy 89 bridge. Big water and a tight squeeze.