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Water flow: 425 CFS
Visibility: 24 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Warmest part of the day between 10AM-5PM
Best stretch: Gallatin Canyon, near Big Sky
Best access point: Lots of easy access points along Highway 191
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Rocky Mountian Whitefish
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: July 1 - August 1; Runoff: May 1 - June 15)
Nearest airport: Gallatin Field Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Montana
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
The Gallatin River is a classic western freestone river. It begins its journey in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, flows through the scenic Gallatin Canyon passing the town of Big Sky, and eventually into the Gallatin Valley where it meets the Madison and Jefferson Rivers to form the Missouri. The Gallatin is characterized by its beautiful surroundings, easy access for wade fishing and ...
abundance of rainbow trout, brown trout, and Yellowstone cutthroat trout. The Gallatin offers year-round fishing opportunities and anglers can be successful with dries, nymphs, or streamers.
Nymph fishing with large stonefly patterns, eggs, or general attractor nymphs will be the most effective technique. Midges have been hatching daily once the sun light hits the water & there have been some consistent hatches of spring BWO's on overcast days.
Water levels should remain fairly consistent over the next week as we see temperatures falling below freezing at night & high day time temperatures in the 30's and 40's.