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5/13/2020 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

5/13/2020 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

There is a lot to be excited about in Bozeman, MT for fly fishing anglers. Over the past week we have been treated to as good of a Mother’s Day Caddis hatch as we’ve seen on the Madison River, clear water on the Yellowstone River, quality sight fishing on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, and exceptional catch rates on the Missouri River. Our Montana fly fishing guides have been back to work, on the water with anglers, and the excellent conditions have made for some memorable trips. We want to give all of the anglers that have supported us and our guide staff a big THANK YOU for giving us the opportunity to work, in spite of tough times for all.

Our Local Trip Specials will continue to run through May. Local anglers will enjoy significantly discounted rates on our Full Day and Half Day Montana fly fishing trips. 100% of proceeds from these trips are going directly to our guides, as the outfitter we are not taking a booking fee. This is a great opportunity to directly support local business and to explore and learn more about fly fishing in your own backyard. Contact us directly for more info.

 

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

The Missouri River is currently the best option for anglers planning a Montana fly fishing trip now thru the end of May. Our anglers and guides have enjoyed strong hatches of BWOs and March Browns have started to show up over the past week and we expect more of the same in the near future as the forecast remains cool and overcast. Nymphing on the upper river has also continued to remain excellent with sowbugs fished deep producing the most consistent results. Streamer anglers will have to work for it, but can expect solid catch rates on overcast days with streamers fished low and slow, through the feeding zones.

 

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Depuy’s Spring Creek is always a May-favorite for our anglers and guides and 2020 has been no exception. Catch rates have been solid with great nymphing daily and good hatches most afternoons. Midges and BWOs are on the menu. Armstrong and Nelson’s Spring Creeks are also great options, offering technical and rewarding fishing with similar hatches.

 

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

The Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch has been a roller coaster ride over the past few weeks on the Madison River. Warm weather brought out the thickest hatch of bugs in recent memory a few afternoons and evenings. Dry fly fishing was there for those willing to hunt for it, but the trout by in large stayed below the film with nymphing producing the best results. The past week and near future have and will hold cooler weather making for less than ideal conditions for the continuation of the hatch. The best of it may be behind us. Streamer fishing and nymphing will continue to be great through mid-June. Expect dead drifted streamers and large attractor nymphs to be the top producers as flows increase.

 

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Anglers experienced with the ebbs-and-flows of May fly fishing on the Yellowstone River have been rewarded with some memorable days over the past week. While runoff hit the river hard in late April, it has come back into shape for the time being. Our anglers and guides were treated to a few great days of fly fishing and were able to hit the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch. The freestone nature of the Yellowstone River takes a lifetime to learn, but keep an eye on flows over the next few weeks and you might just hit it right.

 

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

Cooler weather has made for good fly fishing on the Gallatin River both near Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana. Flows have dropped and clarity has improved. While there are better options, anglers will likely find plenty of open water and space on the Gallatin right now, which can make it a good option for anglers that prefer solitude. Stonefly nymphs and annelids will be king.

5/4/2020 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

5/4/2020 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

Bozeman Fly Fishing Report Overview

A lot has changed in Bozeman, MT since our last Montana fly fishing report in mid-April. Montana is open for business, COVID-19 cases are under control, and the new life of spring has finally arrived. Things are starting to get back to normal.

Our Montana fly fishing guides are back to work and have been busy this past week with Local Trip Specials going out daily. Now thru 5/17 we are offering discounted rates for local anglers and out-of-staters that have met the 14-day self quarantine travel requirements. Great time to get out and explore your own back yard with our professional guides.

As for the fly fishing, our guides and anglers have enjoyed some great days on the Missouri River, Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, and the Madison River as of late. Looking forward these will continue to be the best options through the end of the month. May means great hatches of Blue Winged Olives (BWOs), midges, and caddisflies on our waters, but also annual spring run-off on our freestone rivers.

The Yellowstone River, Gallatin River, Jefferson River, and other freestones are running high and muddy now. Will they clear anytime soon? Maybe for a day here or there but at this point we would write them off until late-June.

The Mother’s Day Caddis hatch has arrived on our local rivers in Bozeman, MT. The hatch is in full swing on the Madison River and has made for some fun afternoons and evenings full of rising fish willing to take a fly. Want to get in on the action? Our guides are on standby, ready and willing to go to work.

We are hopeful that the 14-day self quarantine restrictions on out-of-state travelers will be lifted before the summer season. In the meantime, please be in touch with any questions or concerns and to coordinate future fly fishing trip plans. Explore our trip offerings, meet our guides, and learn more about Montana fly fishing trips with the Montana Angling Company.

 

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Nymph-o-mania on the Missouri River right now. Our guides and anglers have been enjoying consistently good days. Sowbugs, scuds, and midges are king on the upper river from Holter Dam to Craig. Fish them deep in slow water for the best results. Further downstream the fare has been more varied with annelids, BWO nymphs, and crayfish also on the table. Lots of bugs on the water but few fish rising. Traffic on the river has increased, but still a far cry from normal years. Anglers will find tougher fishing but total solitude in the canyon and beyond.

 

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

As good as it gets right now and the best choice for a Montana fly fishing trip for anglers in Bozeman, MT. While the fishing on the Spring Creeks is always technical, the trout have been forgiving as of late. Good hatches of midges and BWOs have kept them on the feed. Nymphing has been productive throughout the day and dry fly fishing has been available on a daily basis for those willing to work for it. Several of our guides are dedicated spring creek specialists and are available to show you the ropes to spring creek fishing. Plenty of open rods on DePuy Spring Creek, Armstrong Spring Creek, and Nelson Spring Creek, give us a call and we can get you booked.

 

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

The Mothers Day Caddis hatch has arrived! The bugs are thick and trout are on the feed. No rush to get to the river as it has been an afternoon and evening affair. The lower Madison River will have the bulk of the pressure but also the thickest hatch. It is a dry fly fishing experience that can’t be missed. #14-18 tan caddisflies should have you covered. Look for rising fish up against the banks and in slower runs. As fun as it gets out there.

 

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Blown out for now. Will it clear again or has runoff arrived? Hard to say, but with warm temperatures in the forecast it may be late-June or early-July before the Yellowstone is worth fly fishing again. The Mothers Day Caddis hatch is going off, but hard for the fish to eat them when they can’t see them.

 

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

See above.

4/18/2020 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

4/18/2020 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

Stay safe and go fish. Spring has arrived in Montana and fly fishing will continue to remain an escape for anglers in Bozeman, MT. There is a quiet and tranquility on the water that always seems to soothe the soul. No better time to explore your own backyard. For those of us lucky enough to be surrounded by rivers, that means there is still some great fly fishing to be had and reported on.

We would encourage all anglers choosing to fish during this health crisis to exercise cautious judgment with their angling decisions. Water is dangerous and needs to be respected, right now more than ever.

With all of that being said, the Gallatin River, Yellowstone River, Madison River, and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks are all fishing well and excellent options for local anglers. Spring hatches of midges and Blue Winged Olives (BWO) are in full force and reliable enough to count on several good hours of dry fly fishing daily. Nymphing and streamer fishing has also continued to be productive during the morning hours and on cooler days. Expect to see flows fluctuate significantly with warmer weather in the forecast, but solid fishing through the end of the month.

The Mother’s Day Caddis hatch is right around the corner on our local rivers. This is the main event every spring and truly a sight to see. Time to start packing your fly boxes full of #14-16 X-caddis, bloom’s caddis, goddard caddis, and the like. Anglers that know where to go should be able to chase the action for a number of weeks.

Our guided Montana fly fishing trips are on hold through 4/24/2020 as per the Montana State directive to shelter in place and close non-essential business. Our Montana fly fishing guides are looking forward to getting back on our rivers with anglers, but health and safety will remain our top concern. We are optimistic that some restrictions will be lifted prior to 5/1/2020 but it is still too early to say for sure. In the meantime, please be in touch with any questions or concerns and to coordinate future fly fishing trip plans. Explore our trip offerings, meet our guides, and learn more about Montana fly fishing trips with the Montana Angling Company.

 

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

The Gallatin River upstream of the confluence of the East Gallatin has remained clear and fishing well with the nice weather the past few weeks. Nymphing has continued to remain the most productive tactic with stoneflies, annelids, midges, and BWOs remaining the most productive patterns. Dry fly fishing has picked up with good action most afternoons. Look for good hatches of BWOs and midges to bring good numbers of fish to the surface. Skwalas are also around in fishable numbers on the lower river. Good time to try a dry dropper.

 

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Spring is always a special time on the Madison River. Good weather and good hatches make for some truly great days. Skwalas are out in fishable numbers and overcast days have made for solid hatches of BWOs. Dry fly fishing has been reliably good most afternoons. Streamer fishing and nymphing will continue to remain the name of the game most mornings. It’s all about the flash in the spring.

 

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Plenty of space on the Missouri River this spring. As of now expect to be self-supported on floats as shuttles and shops are closed for the time being. The trout haven’t seemed to mind and are putting on the spring feedbag as always. Nymphing and streamer fishing will produce numbers but dry fly fishing will reward the commitment. Midges and BWOs are out most afternoons and fish are on them if you know where to look. Spring fly fishing trips on the Missouri River are always some of our favorite of the year, and our guides are looking forward to great days on the Missouri River with our anglers soon enough.

 

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Rock solid on the Yellowstone River this spring. Flows and clarity are holding for now. BWOs, midges, and march browns are out. A few skwalas here and there too. How long will the river stay in good shape before runoff hits? Looking ahead at the forecasted warm weather we suspect it will be turning into a roller coaster ride soon. Good idea to check the flow gauges and river cams before heading out. We are holding out hope that the river will remain in shape and the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch will be out in full force.

3/30/2020 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

3/30/2020 Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

Plenty of solitude on the water in Bozeman, MT. Stay local, stay safe, and go fish. The good news is that the fly fishing has been great on all of our local rivers. The daily rhythm this spring has been nymphing in the morning followed by streamer fishing or dry fly fishing in the afternoon. The fish have still largely been holding in their normal winter lies and targeting deeper, slower runs will be the most productive. We are starting to see some fish move into faster water but don’t expect to find them scattered across the river until later in the spring. The spring Blue Winged Olive (BWO) mayfly hatch has begun with good numbers of bugs hatching on calmer and overcast days. The trout have been looking up and on them as soon as they pop. Has made for some exciting afternoons.

We would encourage all anglers choosing to fish during this health crisis to exercise cautious judgment with their angling decisions. Water is dangerous and needs to be respected, but right now more than ever.

Our guided Montana fly fishing trips are on hold through 4/10/20 as per the Montana State directive to shelter in place and close non-essential business. Our Montana fly fishing guides are looking forward to getting back on the water with anglers, but health and safety will remain our top concern. In the meantime, please be in touch with any questions or concerns and to coordinate future fly fishing trip plans. Explore our trip offerings, meet our guides, and learn more about fly fishing with the Montana Angling Company.

 

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

The Gallatin River will remain the best bet for local anglers in Bozeman, MT looking to get into some great wade fishing. Nymphing with large attractor nymphs, stoneflies, annelids, PTs, and midges has been extremely productive and will continue to be through the end of March and well into April. Afternoon hatches of midges and BWOs will make for some good dry fly and dry-dropper fishing in the coming weeks. The Gallatin River is both close to town and offers plenty of wide open space: a great option for anglers during these strange times to get out for some fishing.

 

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

The Madison River has settled in nicely to spring conditions and anglers can expect good fly fishing on a daily basis. Nymphing has been consistently productive with large attractors, stoneflies, and annelids followed by a smaller midge or BWO trailer. Dry fly fishing has been solid most afternoons for those willing to hunt for rising fish and that know where to find them. The streamer fishing has been good in the right type of water: deep and slow. Flows are ideal for wade fishing access. Both the upper and lower Madison River will remain great options through the coming weeks for local anglers looking to get out for some fresh air.

 

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Business as usual on the Missouri River this March. The nymphing has been solid. Streamer fishing has been solid. Dry fly fishing has been good when the bugs are out. Conditions will only improve through month of April. Scuds, sowbugs, and worms will be the nymphs of choice. Smaller and flashier streamers will get eaten. Hatches of midges and BWOs will keep fish looking up.

 

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Our guides and anglers have been treated to some great spring fly fishing on the Yellowstone River this year. If the wind is mild, the fishing will be good. Midges and BWOs have been out most afternoons and the streamer bite has been improving daily. Looking ahead in the coming weeks we expect conditions to only improve as water temperature continues to increase. At this time we strongly recommend all but the most experienced rowers avoid floating the Yellowstone River. There are considerable obstacles and hazards along the entire length of the Yellowstone River, creating an enhanced risk for anglers and first responders.

April is one of our favorite months to fly fish in Montana. Our Spring Special Guide trips are normally an exciting kick-off to the Montana fly fishing season. While we are sad to not be on the water daily with anglers, sharing the experience of fly fishing in Montana, we look forward to getting out on the water with everyone soon, once we are all healthy and safe. Be well and fish on!

 

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 3/9/20

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 3/9/20

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

It is feeling like spring on the rivers in Bozeman, MT. Our anglers and fly fishing guides have been enjoying the mild early season conditions and getting into some really great fishing. The Madison River, Gallatin River, and the Missouri River has been particularly productive. High winds, normal for this time of year, have largely kept us off the Yellowstone River but we are looking forwards to getting on it soon.

Nymphing is king in early March and this year has been no different. Stoneflies, midges, large attractors, and annelids have been the most productive patterns. Targeting slower runs with good depth will yield consistent hook ups. There have been enough fish rising to break out the dry fly rod daily, but shots have been few and far between. The streamer bite has been fair with moderate success during the warmest hours of the day, later in the afternoon.

Winter and Spring Special Trips are running now through the end of April. We were able to get out with anglers every month of the winter this year and are looking forward to some great fishing as we move into spring. Great fly fishing trips at a great rate.

Prime dates are booking fast for the summer and fall seasons. May and June trips on the Missouri River and July and August fly fishing trips in Bozeman, MT are in high demand. Contact us today to learn more and book your 2020 Montana fly fishing trip.

 

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

The local favorite in Bozeman, MT during March, the Gallatin River is a great choice for anglers on a daily basis. Flows have remained steady and the fly fishing has been as consistent as it gets. Targeting slow and deep pools with nymphs will make for all day action. Midge hatches have made for decent mid-afternoon dry fly action. Look to tailouts, foam holes, and the slower margins of runs for trout rising.

 

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

We have enjoyed some really great early season fly fishing on the Madison River this March. Check the forecast for Ennis before you go and consider elsewhere if they are calling for 20mph+ winds, but otherwise the Madison River will be a great option for the rest of the month. Both floating and wade fishing will be productive. Anglers that target relatively slower and deeper holding water with nymphs will get into some great fishing. Stoneflies, worms, and midges are all on the menu for the Madison River trout.

 

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Solid early season conditions on the Missouri River. Nymphing on the upper river will be the most productive plan now through the end of April. Dry fly fishing will be limited to afternoon action. Patience and diligence will be rewarded. Hot flies: Sow bugs, scuds, and larger attractors. Flashy and bright.

 

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

March midge madness on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks! The nymphing with midges has been as productive as ever on DePuy, Armstrong, and Nelson Spring Creeks. Dry fly fishing has been inconsistent but anglers willing to hunt for heads on calmer days will find enough to keep things interesting. #16-22 smaller midge nymphs will produce the most consistent results.

 

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

A bit windy out there. Be sure to check the forecast before heading over to the Yellowstone River. Generally warmer days mean higher wind. Those that hit it right will find some really great early season fishing. Nymphing will be the most productive tactic, but dry fly anglers will enjoy consistent opportunities on the calmest of days. The Yellowstone River enjoys consistent hatches of midges throughout the spring. And BWOs are right around the corner….

 

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.