Gallatin River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Gallatin River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
When the water is clear, the dry-fly fishing has been lights out. A bunch of bugs are out and fish are eating both match-the-hatch style patterns and general, attractor patterns as well. If the river is dirty, head upstream of the Taylor Fork.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Gallatin River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 1,530 cfs

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 64 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch: Yellowstone National Park to Axtell Bridge

Best access point: Mouth of Gallatin Canyon upstream to Yellowstone Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

PMDs, Caddis

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

Gallatin River Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

When the water is clear, go headhunting or drop a large attractor dry fly in likely holding water. The fish have been rising pretty well, even when prospecting. If the water is dirty, nymph near the banks with a stonefly nymph, Lightning Bug or Hare's Ear.

7-Day Forecast

The river should stay clear as long as there aren't afternoon storms.


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