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July 2020 Fly Fishing Forecast

July 2020 Fly Fishing Forecast

July Fly Fishing Overview

July in Montana is always a favorite for fly fishing anglers, and July 2020 stands to be great one. Flows are shaping up well for excellent fly fishing daily on the rivers near Bozeman, MT as well as the Missouri River near Craig, MT. The salmonfly hatch has already kicked off on the Madison River and Yellowstone River, and the action looks to only improve through the first 10 days of July. Our Montana fly fishing guides are looking forward to great trips with anglers throughout the month.

July is freestone season in Montana. The Yellowstone River, Madison River, Jefferson River, Boulder River, Stillwater River, Gallatin River, and the many streams of Yellowstone National Park are all on the menu for anglers in Bozeman, MT on a daily basis. Strong hatches of stoneflies, caddisflies, and mayflies, as well as terrestrials by the end of the month, make July one of the premier months for dry fly fishing in Montana.

Higher than average flows on the Missouri River are set to come down by early-mid month, and when they do anglers can expect an extended dry fly season, with PMDs and caddisflies quickly transitioning to tricos, hoppers, and ants. Our fly fishing guides expect the fly fishing to remain great on the Missouri River through the end of the month, into August, and beyond in 2020.

July is the best month for hitting the road and exploring all of Montana’s great rivers. On a 7-day Montana fly fishing trip, anglers could expect to never fish the same body of water twice, and enjoy excellent fly fishing daily. Float fishing trips and wade fishing trips are both productive, with the widest diversity and destinations centered around Bozeman, MT.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of anglers during this crazy year, guide availability is limited for July. While there is still time to book a Montana fly fishing trip in July for 2020, anglers interested are encouraged to contact our outfitter today. See you on the water soon!

June 2020 Fly Fishing Forecast

June 2020 Fly Fishing Forecast

June Fly Fishing Overview

There is a lot to look forward to for anglers fly fishing in Montana in June 2020. Starting 6/1/2020 Montana is officially open to out-of-state travelers, which means anglers from all over will once again be able to enjoy fly fishing in the Big Sky State. Summer weather is also in the near-term forecast along with the first great summer hatches of caddisflies and Pale Morning Dun (PMD) mayflies that come with it. Put up your waders, grab your flip-flops and fly rods, and let’s go fishing.

Since the announcement of the re-opening of Montana for June we have been steadily busy booking Montana fly fishing trips for the summer and fall months. Our Montana fly fishing guides are looking forward to sharing great days on the rivers of Montana with our anglers safely and responsibly this season. Prime dates for June and July are just about re-booked back up and it is shaping up to be a great fall season. Our outfitter handles all bookings personally and is always available to talk fly fishing in Montana. Contact us today to book your 2020 Montana fly fishing trip.

We are looking to June 2020 as a fresh start. With the turmoil of the last few months behind us we will be on the water looking forward to reconnecting with life through fly fishing and the outdoors. There will also be plenty of lines connecting with trout too.

June is a favorite month for dry fly fishing in Montana. Flows are shaping up to be perfect for great hatches of caddisflies and PMDs on the Missouri River, which makes for some of the best sight fishing for trophy trout of the season. We are guessing the bugs will come sooner rather than later this year as summer weather has already arrived. Anglers with trips planned from June 10-30 should be right in the thick of it this year.

The annual salmonfly hatch is the main event for our anglers and fly fishing guides in Bozeman, MT the second half of June. When will the big bugs hatch on the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers? Still too early to call but runoff is well underway and we are hoping for bugs flying and trout rising by the 22nd of June on the Madison River and by the 28th of June on the Yellowstone River.

In the near-near term nymphing will continue to be king on the Missouri River. We have had guided trips out daily now for the better part of the last few weeks with anglers enjoying quality fly fishing with our guides on a daily basis. Sowbugs have been the top producing nymph on the upper river with good results on larger attractor flies including annelids and crayfish further downstream. The Dearborn River has been all over the map with flows but things are looking to stabilize moving forward and we expecting great fishing from Holter Dam all the way down to Cascade, MT in the coming weeks.

The entrances to Yellowstone National Park in Montana are set to open in June, and the fly fishing season will be in full swing on the Firehole River, Gibbon River, and Madison River when they do. These rivers make for the best most productive fly fishing for anglers looking to wade fish near Bozeman, MT until run-off subsides. You also cannot find a more picturesque destination to catch a wild trout than the Firehole River in early June. Strong hatches of caddisflies and PMDs make for exciting days of dry fly fishing to eager trout throughout the month.

Good hatches and good weather make for easy living and some of the best fly fishing of the year in Montana in June. Our Montana fly fishing guides are beyond thankful for the support from local anglers over the past month and extremely thankful for our anglers that have remained flexible and held onto trip dates for June, in spite of so much uncertainty. These anglers are set to reap the rewards of uncrowded rivers, quality dry fly fishing, and memorable days on the water on their Montana fly fishing trips in June 2020. Fish on!

Montana is Open for Travel 6/1/2020

Montana is Open for Travel 6/1/2020

We are excited to announce that Montana will be open for travel effective 6/1/20. As per Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s recent COVID-19 update and announcement, the existing 14-day self quarantine requirement for out of state travelers will be lifted on the 1st of June. We are looking forward to being back on the water with anglers safely and responsible for the 2020 Montana fly fishing season!

We want to give one more big THANK YOU to all of the local anglers that have supported our outfitter and guides over the last month. It has been a tough last few months for the fly fishing industry in Montana but thanks to the overwhelming support from local anglers, we were fortunate to stay busy on the water, guiding anglers from all across Montana. Thank you all!

We would also like to give a big THANK YOU to the traveling anglers with trips planned for June and July that opted to hold-off on cancelling trips and for their flexibility during these unprecedented times. We are now looking forward to full summer of guiding anglers on their Montana fly fishing trips!

We will continue to prescribe to best sanitation guidelines and practices, and keep in place measures to best ensure the safety of our anglers and guides. We will also continue to update our Booking Policy to provide the most flexibility for anglers during these uncertain times. Full information regarding policies and practices can be found on our Booking Policy page.

Anglers now interested in booking dates for the 2020 Montana fly fishing season are encouraged to contact us directly to learn more. We have prime dates available for Montana fly fishing trips in June on the Missouri River and in July and August on the rivers in Bozeman, MT. Our Fall season is booking us quickly, due to increased demand for later in the season and rescheduled trips. If you are interested in a Fall fly fishing trip in Montana, consider booking your trip now for the best guides and availability.

We hope all of our anglers and their families continue to remain safe and healthy during this pandemic. We are optimistic that conditions will continue to improve around Montana and the rest of our country. We feel strongly that there is no better healing than that of the great outdoors and are looking forward to much more time outside in the coming months. Be well and fish on!

Guide to Fall Fly Fishing in Montana

Guide to Fall Fly Fishing in Montana

Fall Fly Fishing with the Montana Angling Company

Fall fly fishing in Montana is a favorite season for anglers. Open waters, quality dry fly fishing, excellent streamer fishing, and picturesque snowcapped mountains, lit with a blaze of fall colors, are a few of the reasons why. Fall is also one of the best times of the year for anglers to target trophy brown trout on our Montana rivers, as flows drop and our wild trophy trout go on the feed. Anglers willing to commit to hunting for these predatory trout with streamers are often rewarded with truly world-class fly fishing.

Anglers planning a Montana fly fishing trip in the fall will enjoy blue ribbon fly fishing on all of the rivers in Bozeman, MT as well as the Missouri River and other nearby rivers. The Yellowstone River and Missouri River offer some of the best fly fishing of the year during the fall months of September, October, and November. The fly fishing in the fall is well suited for anglers of all skill levels, with productive dry fly fishing and streamer fishing that is accessible and rewarding for beginner and seasoned anglers alike.

 

Highlights

  • The fly fishing in Bozeman, MT in early Fall (September 1-October 15) is often some of the most productive dry fly fishing of the year on the Yellowstone River
  • The Missouri River offers great fly fishing later into the fall (September 15-November 15) with both great fly fishing and plenty of solitude for anglers.
  • Streamer fishing on our Montana rivers becomes a productive tactic by late-September and offers anglers the opportunity to hunt for trophy brown trout

 

What to Expect

Anglers fly fishing in Montana in the fall should expect consistently favorable conditions on the water, but expect the possibility of variable conditions on any given day. This means to pack appropriate gear for both summer and winter weather, as fall weather is generally tough to predict. By the 20th of September, summer-conditions generally begin to fade and anglers will find cooler weather becomes more common through the month of October, with the strong possibility of early season snow by November. Waders and warm layers are recommended along with sun screen and sandals.

The fly fishing in the fall is much more predictable than the weather. Regardless of daily conditions, anglers can expect blue ribbon fly fishing. Hopper and terrestrial fishing continues to be productive through the first half of September and into October on warmer years. Fall hatches of Blue Winged Olives (BWOs) and caddisflies start by the end of September and only improve through the month of October.

Solitude is generally plentiful on our Montana rivers throughout the fall months and anglers can expect wide open rivers on a daily basis by the 1st of October. There is likely no better time to plan a streamer-focused or dry fly fishing-focused Montana fly fishing trip, for anglers that crave solitude, than the second half of October.

By November anglers should be prepared for winter weather and often inclement conditions on a daily basis. For those willing to fly fish through it all, the rewards for fly fishing in November in Montana are plenty, but best suited for experienced anglers familiar with fly fishing in the cold. The fall streamer bite often peaks in mid-November as pressure becomes minimal and the biggest of our wild brown trout come out to hunt.

 

Where to Fly Fish in Montana

Blue ribbon fly fishing can be found on all of our Montana rivers during the fall months of September and October, with limited but productive options available for anglers in November. The Yellowstone River and Missouri River are the best destinations for anglers planning a fall fly fishing trip in Montana. Anglers will be treated to consistently great fly fishing throughout the fall season on both of these rivers, and can expect some of the best dry fly fishing and streamer fishing of the year. Strong hatches of BWOs, caddisflies, and localized hatches of callibaetis and fall drakes make for productive days spent dry fly fishing. The Madison River, Jefferson River, and Blackfoot River are other fall favorites for anglers on float fishing trips.

Wade fishing the rivers of Yellowstone National Park and other smaller rivers and streams in Montana is also a great option on a fall fly fishing trip. Low flows and cool water make for productive days on the Lamar River, Slough Creek, and Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone through the end of September, and equally productive fly fishing on the Madison River and Firehole River in October. The annual fall-run of trophy brown trout into the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park is world-famous for the opportunity to catch some of the largest wild brown trout in the United States.

The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks also offer excellent fly fishing from late-September on through the end of November. The creeks experience similar hatches of BWOs that anglers will find in the Spring, but more technical and demanding conditions. Large brown trout often move into DePuy, Armstrong, and Nelson Spring Creeks during the month of October and a strong hatch of BWOs will give anglers the opportunity to sight fish to trophy trout will #18-22 dry flies on the creeks.

 

Fall Fly Fishing Tactics in Montana

Anglers fly fishing in Montana during the fall can expect success while employing a wide variety of fly fishing tactics. Dry fly fishing and streamer fishing are often the choice tactics throughout the fall, but anglers can also expect quality nymphing on most of our rivers. Fall weather often means that hatches and fish activity don’t peak until late-morning or early-afternoon which encourages late starts but also demands subsurface presentations early in the day. Streamer fishing in the fall is productive for both quantity and quality of trout. Anglers willing to hunt our rivers with streamers are often rewarded with some of the largest catches of the year in the fall.

Fall dry fly fishing in Montana is generally ‘match-the-hatch’ fly fishing that varies depending on the month, daily conditions, and by river. Early in September and often into October, extended summer conditions make for excellent terrestrial fishing with hoppers, ants, and beetles all remaining effective. The terrestrial fishing generally tapers off by the 20th of September, as cooler nights make for less activity. Hatches of BWOs and caddis start to ramp up through the month of September, generally peaking by mid-late October. The BWO mayflies vary in size significantly and anglers should be prepared with a variety of emerger, cripple, dun, and spinner patterns #14-22. The fall BWO hatch on the Missouri River can be some of the best dry fly fishing of the year, with large pods of rising fish found on a daily basis. Isolated hatches of larger mayflies can be found when conditions are right on certain waters. The fall drake fishing on the Yellowstone River and tributaries including the Lamar River can be excellent on overcast days in late September and October.

Streamer fishing in the fall is often the main attraction for many anglers on a fall fly fishing trip. While the action can vary significantly from day-to-day depending on conditions, anglers willing to put in the long days on the water committed fly fishing baitfish, sculpin, and other streamer patterns are rewarded with truly trophy trout. Great streamer fishing can be found on all of our Montana rivers, but our larger rivers with good numbers of brown trout including the Yellowstone, Madison, Missouri, Blackfoot, and Jefferson Rivers offer the best fly fishing.

Nymphing is productive year-round on our Montana waters, and the fall is no exception. Good hatches of mayflies and caddisflies make for excellent nymphing both pre- and post-hatch. Flows are generally low in the fall and our rivers run clear, making for often technical conditions that command smaller flies (#16-22) and lighter tippets (4x-5x) than anglers often fish earlier in the season. Understanding the hatch dynamics is key to successful nymphing in the fall. Anglers should be prepared to adjust on a daily basis depending on local conditions.

 

Fall Fly Fishing Trips in Montana

Fall fly fishing trips in Montana are a favorite of our long time anglers and Montana fly fishing guides. Quality fly fishing and consistent solitude make the fall months a great time for a Montana fly fishing trip and offers anglers a authentic experience on our blue ribbon waters. The fly fishing is well suited for anglers of all skill levels, with rewarding opportunities and unique challenges for both beginner and seasoned anglers.

Bozeman, MT is the best destination for a Montana fly fishing trip early in the fall, with the best fly fishing from September 1-October 15. The Yellowstone River, Madison River, Yellowstone National Park, and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks are the primary destinations for anglers on a Bozeman fly fishing trip in the fall with our fly fishing guides.

The Missouri River and nearby waters are the best destination for a fly fishing trip later in the fall from September 20-October 31, particularly for experienced anglers that prefer technical dry fly fishing. Strong fall hatches of BWOs, caddisflies, and midges make for challenging but rewarding fly fishing on the Missouri River. The streamer fishing on the Missouri River and nearby Blackfoot River can also be excellent.

Our outfitter handles all bookings personally. We work with anglers directly to book the best Montana fly fishing trips. Our Montana fly fishing guides are all seasoned professionals with the experience to make your next Montana fly fishing trip, your best one yet.

Anglers interested in booking a Montana fly fishing trip during the fall months are encouraged to book now or contact us for more information.

 

Guide to Summer Fly Fishing in Montana

Guide to Summer Fly Fishing in Montana

Summer Fly Fishing with the Montana Angling Company

Montana fly fishing during the summer offers anglers the combination of excellent hatches, consistent conditions, and plentiful variety that makes for the best fly fishing of the year. Summer is the backdrop for many of our Montana fly fishing guides’ fondest memories of early days and late nights, on the water in pursuit of rising trout with anglers. From the wild freestone waters of the Yellowstone River to the mighty Missouri River tailwater, anglers can count on truly blue ribbon fly fishing on all of our Montana rivers throughout the summer season.

Montana is dry fly country in the summer with world-class hatches of salmonflies, goldenstones, caddisflies, mayflies, and terrestrials on our blue ribbon rivers. Anglers will find favorable weather and flows perfect for both wade fishing and drift fishing throughout the summer months. This combination makes the summer months the best choice for anglers planning a fly fishing trip to Montana and Yellowstone National Park.

 

Highlights

 

What to Expect

Anglers fly fishing during the summer months of June, July, and August can expect consistently great fly fishing, on all of our Montana rivers. By June 1st spring weather is generally behind us, and our Montana fly fishing guides trade waders and gore-tex for sandals and sunscreen. Stable weather, reliable flows, and predictable hatches makes the summer fly fishing in Montana a ‘sure-thing’ particularly for anglers visiting on a Montana fly fishing trip. Favorable conditions also make a summer fly fishing trip in Montana perfect for anglers of all skill levels.

June is the start of the summer fly fishing season and anglers can expect the best fly fishing on the Missouri River tailwater and nearby, lower elevation rivers and streams. Annual spring run-off on our higher elevation rivers such as the Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers generally subsides by the 25th of June, making these rivers a better option for July and August. By the 1st of July flows are perfect for floating and wade fishing on all of our Montana rivers, and anglers can expect quality dry fly fishing on a daily basis.

The Salmonfly hatch is the main-event for anglers fly fishing in Montana during the summer months. By June 15th the salmonflies start to hatch on the Blackfoot River, near our Missouri River Basecamp, and by the 20th of the month the first big bugs appear on the Madison River. The hatch is in full swing on the rivers in Bozeman, MT by the 1st of July, and makes for some of the most exciting fly fishing of the year on the Yellowstone River. An angler that knows where and when to go could reasonably expect to fish nothing but salmonfly dry flies from mid-June through mid-July everyday with our Montana fly fishing guides. The salmonfly hatch is the best opportunity for catching the largest trout of the season on dry flies.

 

Where to Fly Fish in Montana

Summer fly fishing in Montana offers the widest variety of fly fishing destinations for anglers in the Big Sky State. By the 1st of July all of our blue ribbon rivers, streams, and lakes are fishing well and boast strong hatches that make for world-class fly fishing. There are many lifetimes worth of water to fish and explore near our home in Bozeman, MT, and no better time to break out the map, grab your fly rod, and start your Montana fly fishing journey than the summer months of June, July, and August.

June fly fishing in Montana is centered around the fly fishing on the Missouri River tailwater and surrounding waters in Craig, MT. Anglers can expect strong hatches of PMDs and caddisflies on a daily basis by the 10th of June, making for some of the best technical dry fly fishing and sight fishing of the season. The quality of fly fishing on the Missouri River in June cannot be over stated. Many of our Montana fly fishing guides are generally booked out a year in advance for this prime window and we see our highest percentage of returning anglers. Earlier in the month, smaller nearby freestone rivers also offer good fly fishing and by the 15th of the month, the Blackfoot River becomes a great option for anglers and boasts one of the best early salmonfly hatches in Montana.

When our outfitter and guides are asked ‘when is the best time to plan a Montana fly fishing trip?’, the answer is always the same: July. July fly fishing in Montana is when most anglers fall in love with fly fishing in Montana, and we are reminded why on an annual basis. By the 1st of the month, spring run-off has generally subsided statewide and all of our rivers are fishing well. From the famous waters of the Yellowstone, Madison, Missouri, and Gallatin Rivers, to the rivers of Yellowstone Park, and smaller waters off the beaten path, there is something for every angler during the month of July. Bozeman, MT is the best destination for a Montana fly fishing trip in July as it offers anglers access to the best range of fly fishing opportunities.

August is hopper season in Montana and anglers can count on solid fly fishing on our larger rivers on a daily basis. The hopper fishing on the rivers near Bozeman, MT is the best in Montana on an annual basis, with great dry fly fishing on a daily basis on the Yellowstone River and Madison River. The Missouri River can also offer great terrestrial fly fishing with both hopper and ant patterns, although the conditions can often be more demanding. Excellent trico hatches on the Missouri River can also be had earlier in the month. Flows on all of our rivers drop by early August, and wade fishing becomes a great option on small and medium sized rivers throughout the month in both Montana and Yellowstone National Park. The famous Yellowstone Park waters in the Lamar Valley including Slough Creek, Lamar River, and Soda Butte Creek and all great options for fly fishing anglers.

 

Summer Fly Fishing Tactics in Montana

Summer is dry fly fishing season in Montana. Strong hatches throughout the summer months keep our trout looking up and willing to rise to well-presented flies. On the Missouri River and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, the dry fly fishing is often technical sight fishing where anglers are rewarded by the challenge rather than the number of trout in the net. On our freestone rivers it is all about action, as eager wild trout are willing to rise to large attractor dry flies throughout the prime summer season. While dry flies are king, pre-hatch and challenging conditions will demand nymphing at times and the streamer fishing can also be excellent for anglers targeting quality trout over quantity of trout.

The early summer hatches of PMDs and caddis on the Missouri River is ‘match-the-hatch’ fly fishing at its best. The daily cycle of emergers, duns, and spinners keep the wild trout on the feed throughout the day and eager to take a well presented fly. Anglers can expect to sight fish to both pods and single fish actively rising throughout the day that demand perfection. Drag-free drifts are a must and the correct choice of fly certainly helps. #14-18 emergers, cripples, and spinners are generally preferred to duns. Make your first cast count!

The hatches of stoneflies and terrestrials on the rivers near Bozeman, MT make for different conditions and tactics. These rivers are often more forgiving of anglers, and the trout willingly rise to #6-14 large attractor patterns. High-floating foam flies are often the best choice on these rivers and dry fly and dry-dropper tactics can be used throughout a day of fly fishing. At times, technical presentations and ‘match-the-hatch’ tactics are necessary, but generally anglers of all skill levels can expect success on the Yellowstone River, Madison River, and other nearby freestone rivers and streams. Late-June and early-July, stonefly patterns are the best starting point with #14-18 mayflies and caddisflies also on the menu. By late-July and all through August, terrestrials take over with #6-14 hoppers and #12-18 ants accounting for the majority of trout caught by anglers.

Nymphing in the summer is also very productive but tends to take a backseat to the quality dry fly fishing. For those that prefer sub-surface tactics, expect success with a variety of nymphs throughout the summer. Stonefly nymphs and larger attractor nymphs #6-14 are always a great choice for a top fly, followed by a #12-18 smaller, imitative nymph.

Streamer fishing during the summer, particularly early in the morning and in the evening can be extremely productive. As always, many of the biggest trout of the summer will be caught on streamers. Big patterns are most productive early in the season, but as flows drop and rivers clear, smaller natural patterns becomes more effective.

 

Summer Fly Fishing Trips in Montana

Summer is the heart of the prime season for Montana fly fishing trips with our professional guides. June and July are always the busiest months of the year with August as a close second. Anglers planning a Montana fly fishing trip for the summer months will enjoy great fly fishing on all of our rivers as well as the widest variety of trip offerings. Our multi-day Custom Trips are the best way to enjoy the best fly fishing, on the most rivers, and the best lodging on a summer fly fishing trip in Montana.

During the month of June, we recommend our Missouri River fly fishing trips in Craig, MT. Float trips on the Missouri River are the highlight of these Montana fly fishing trips and offer some of the best technical dry fly fishing of the year. Float trips on the Blackfoot River and Dearborn River are also great options in June as well as wade fishing on smaller streams and our Private Waters. We also offer Adventure Trips, on a limited basis, for anglers wanting to venture well off the beaten path.

Bozeman, MT is the best destination for a Montana fly fishing trip in July and August. From our home base in Bozeman, anglers will enjoy the widest variety of rivers and trip offerings in Montana with our Bozeman fly fishing guides. From float trips on the Yellowstone River, Madison River, Gallatin River, and smaller freestone rivers to wade fishing trips on smaller streams, private waters, and in Yellowstone National Park, our Bozeman fly fishing trips are the best Montana fly fishing trips in July and August. We also offer Overnight Camping Trips on the Yellowstone River, for anglers wanting a fully immerse Montana fly fishing trip.

Our outfitter handles all bookings personally and treats every trip as custom. We work with anglers directly to book their perfect Montana fly fishing trips. Our Montana fly fishing guides are all seasoned professionals with the experience to make your next Montana fly fishing trip, your best one yet.

Anglers interested in booking a Montana fly fishing trip during the summer months are encouraged to book now or contact us for more information.

May 2020 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

May 2020 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

May Fly Fishing Overview

A lot has changed in Montana over the last month. The fallout of the coronavirus has completely changed the outlook for small businesses, like our own, for the 2020. With so much uncertainty, at least we have some great fly fishing to look forward to in May in Bozeman, MT and on the Missouri River.

Montana governor Steve Bullock has rolled out a re-opening plan for the state. Phase one starts 4/27 and will allow us to be open for business and guiding fly fishing trips. What will this look like? Different for sure. Near-term we will be running Local Trip Specials from 4/27-5/17. We will be offering these guided fly fishing trips in accordance with the mandated social distancing guidelines, best sanitation practices, and pre-trip screening requirements. These trips will be offered at a significant discount as anglers will be expected to adhere to adjusted trip expectations including providing their own transportation, lunches, and beverages. Not back to normal, but a step in the right direction.

As for the fly fishing in Montana, there are a few things we can count on. In Bozeman, MT the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch is set to kick-off on the Madison River and Yellowstone River as soon as this weekend. Day time temperatures have been on the rise, and with them flows, but we are holding out hope that the bugs will hatch before runoff begins. Flows have spiked on the Jefferson River and Gallatin River, but anglers will still find good fishing on the Madison River and Yellowstone River for the time being.

May marks the beginning of what we consider to be the prime fly fishing season in Montana. Anglers will find great dry fly fishing on a daily basis after the first of May. Between hatches of caddisflies, blue winged olives (BWOs), midges, and march browns, the dry fly fishing in May can be some of the best of the year. The small bugs, BWOs and midges will rule on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks and the Missouri River through the end of the month. Caddis will be king on the Yellowstone and Madison River. Last year, our anglers and Montana fly fishing guides were treated to thick hatches of March Browns on the Missouri River. Hoping to see more of the same this year.

The third Saturday in May falls on the 23rd this year, and will mark the full kick-off of the Montana fly fishing season. Most small streams will open as will the fly fishing season in Yellowstone National Park. As of 4/24/20 Yellowstone has no official timetable for opening. We are hopeful to be fishing the Firehole, Madison, and Gibbon Rivers as soon as it is safe to.

While our guides had a “false-start” in 2020, our Montana fly fishing guides are all geared up and ready to go as soon as safety and health can be responsibly managed. Anglers interested in booking Montana fly fishing trips are encouraged to contact us today to start planning for summer and fall dates. Many of our anglers with trips scheduled for April, May, and early June have rescheduled for August, September, and October. Fall dates may be in short supply in 2020.

As always, we hope everyone and their loved ones are doing well and staying safe during these uncertain times. Stay safe, be well, and we look forward to seeing you in Montana soon. In the meantime, please contact us today with any questions about trip bookings or just to talk fishing.