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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.

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 11/15/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 11/15/19

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

Quiet on the rivers in Bozeman, MT this November. We have been on the Yellowstone River and Madison River this past week and have been spoiled with perfect fall weather, total solitude, and great fly fishing. The blue winged olive hatches of October are on their way out but strong hatches of midges have taken their place. Calm days will make for quality dry fly fishing.

Maybe the early winter prompted folks to call it a season but there is still some great fly fishing to be had. Looking at the weather coming up, we will have quite a few more nice days with warmer fall weather. We have our annual Thanksgiving trip on the books with a great group of anglers and friends on the Missouri River coming up followed by a few more fly fishing trips in Bozeman to close out the 2019 season. All good things must come to an end and 2019 sure was a good one.

This will likely be our last fly fishing report for 2019. If we get into some good winter fly fishing we’ll keep you posted, but look for our Montana fishing forecast for March to drop in late February and reports to start back up shortly thereafter.

2020 Montana fly fishing trip bookings are coming in daily and many of our guides are starting to book up for prime dates. Want to fish in May-June on the Missouri River or July-September in Bozeman? Give us a shout today. 

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

As fun as it gets on the Yellowstone River right now. Flows are perfect for floating and wading along the entire length of the river. The trout have moved into cold water lies and the nymphing off of drop offs and shelves has been excellent. Mid-day hatches of midges have made for exciting dry fly action. Sight fishing will be your best bet from here on out. Streamer fishing has been fair at best. Wind will be the main factor that will affect the quality of fishing. Better head elsewhere when the south wind gets going.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

A lot of open water and good fishing on the Missouri River now through the end of the month. Anglers headed downstream of Craig will likely find complete solitude. Late fall hatches of midges will get fish up on the surface in the afternoon through the evening. Don’t expect huge numbers but anglers committed to dry fly fishing will be rewarded. Nymphing and streamer fishing will be the most productive tactics. The sowbug bite on the upper river has been solid. Deep will be the name of the game from here on. 6ft+ is a good starting point.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Conditions on the Madison River are prime for wade fishing. We like to use our drift boats to taxi between spots, stopping to fish the best holes. The trout have started to move into winter lies in deeper slower water and anglers are better off targeting likely holding water that fishing the whole river. It’s hard to catch fish when they aren’t there and vice-versa very easy when you’re right on them. Nymphing will be the most productive tactic on the Madison River from now through winter. Look for large caddis patterns, stoneflies, worms, midges, and flashy mayflies to be the top producers.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Good conditions on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks. Lots of trout moving in. Nymphing with midges, scuds, and sows has been consistently good. Hatches are waning, but expect good numbers of fish up on midges most afternoons. Be mindful of redds: the brown trout spawn will continue through the end of the month.

General Late-Season Fly Fishing Note

Our guides’ advice:  Do not under estimate the elements and be prepared for the north wind to kick up anytime. Be cautious rowing and wading and check boats ramps for ice before putting in. Stay warm and stay safe in the colder weather.

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/28/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/28/19

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

It is a winter wonderland in Bozeman, Montana today. What happened to fall? Came and went quicker than we could have ever believed. As for the fly fishing? Cold days make for often tough conditions for anglers but great for our trout. Our fly fishing guides have been on the water daily for the last week and have seen it on all on the rivers and streams near Bozeman: snow, sun, good dry fly fishing, great nymphing, and even a hopper eating trout or twelve.

Anglers planning fly fishing trips to Montana in late October should be prepared for whatever mother nature has in store. Anglers should also expect strong hatches, opportunities to catch some of the largest trout of the year, and solitude on the water.

Looking ahead, anglers looking forward to Bozeman fly fishing trips will find the best conditions and success on the Yellowstone River, Madison River, and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks. Anglers booking Missouri River fly fishing trips will enjoy some great dry fly fishing and streamer fishing on the Missouri River. Probably no better place for November fly fishing trips than the Missouri River.

Hatches will remain strong through the first half of the month. BWOs and midges will be the name of the game. Winter weather will come and go and overcast calmer days will make for the best fly fishing conditions. But you can’t control the weather, so you’ll just have to go to know!

We will continue to update our Bozeman fly fishing reports through the end of November. Then we will turn our sights to 2020.

Still taking trip bookings for November 2019 Montana fly fishing trips with the Montana Angling Company and our fly fishing guides. Wide open calendars for most of our guides and still some great fly fishing to be had. See you on the water.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

In spite of winter weather, the fly fishing has been excellent on the Yellowstone River this fall. Our anglers and guides have enjoyed great fly fishing over the last week from Emigrant all the way down stream to Columbus. The brown trout featured in the picture is a great Yellowstone brown trout caught by one of our anglers on October 25th. It devoured a hopper. One of many from what will likely be the last day of good hopper fishing for 2019. It snowed 6 inches the following night.

BWO and midge fishing has been excellent with the colder weather. Nymphing in the morning and dry dropper fishing in the afternoon has been productive. Rubber legs, pheasant tails, a variety of Parachute dries, and a few zebra midges is probably all you need right now. Streamer fishing has been fair in the mornings on smaller buggers.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Late October is a special time on the Missouri River. Strong hatches of BWOs, low angling pressure, and good streamer fishing make for memorable days on the water. Hard to imagine a better place to be an angler in the late fall than the mighty Missouri River.

Dry fly fishing has been and will remain excellent through the first half of November. BWOs are the main attraction with good hatches daily and pods of rising trout eager to eat a well presented fly. Nymphing on the upper river has been good but not as good as previous years. Streamer fishing has been consistently good. We’ll take it.

Our fly fishing guides consider the Missouri River to be the best option for anglers planning a late fall Montana fly fishing trip. The lower elevation of the surrounding area compared to our home base in Bozeman makes for reliably better weather and fly fishing conditions. The Missouri River is also a tailwater, which means less water temperature variation, more consistent hatches, and more dynamic fishing opportunities as the mercury plummets on our freestone rivers.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Conditions in the Madison River valley can best be described as rugged in the late fall. Days are often cold and windy. This can translate into tough fly fishing conditions for anglers. The nice days are great. Nymphing and streamer fishing can be excellent, with some good dry fly fishing on calmer edges and pools with BWOs. But from here on out we would recommend to not “forget the forecast” but rather know the forecast and head to another Bozeman area river or to the Missouri River if weather conditions are tough on the Madison River.

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. We were treated to 5 hours of non-stop dry fly fishing just yesterday. BWOs were size 16-20 but the fish preferred the 20-22 size flies. Good nymphing in the morning with midges and BWO nymphs. Best wade fishing option close to Bozeman from now through the early spring.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

Just about closed for the season. November 3rd is the last day to fish in Yellowstone National Park. Still time to catch the fish of the year on the Madison River.

General Late-Season Fly Fishing Note

Our guides’ advice:  Do not under estimate the elements and be prepared for the north wind to kick up anytime. Be cautious rowing and wading and check boats ramps for ice before putting in. Stay warm and stay safe in the colder weather.

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.