Gallatin River

January 21, 2020

Fishing Conditions

January 21, 2020

With ski season in full swing there aren't as many anglers on the river. You can find spots to fish totally alone. The valley will be in great shape this week while we get a warm spell. With some snowmelt getting into the river it hopefully add some color and get some food sturred in the current. Medium sized stoneflies matched with mayfly or midge nymph is one rig to start of your day. In the canyon you may get some action on the winter stonefly, very small and black.  Above Big Sky is some open water, mainly up near the Park, but this is where the river is frozen over most of the winter. Some fish have targeted a small dark colored streamer but this has mainly been in the valley. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, Purple Haze: 12-18, Matts midge: 18, Adams Para Wulff: 14-18, Tilt Wing BWO: 16-18, Comparadun BWO: 16-18-20, Film Critic: 16-18-20

Nymphs: Delektable Hurless: 4-6, Mega Prince: 4-6, Mega Hare's Ear: 6-8, Pats Rubber Legs: 6-10, Pheasant Tail: 14-18, Copper John Blue, Black: 14-18, Lightning Bug Silver, Original, Gold: 12-14-16, Bubble Back BWO: 16-18, El Diablo: 14-16-18, Tungsten Purple Burger: 12-14, Wire Worm Pink: 4, Military Mayfly: 18-20-22, Little Green Machine: 18-20-22, Little Spanker: 12-18, Hares ear: 12-18, Zebra Midge: 18-22

Streamers: BH Black Bugger: 2-4-6, Black Krystal Bugger: 6-8, Sex Dungeon Black, Olive,: 2, Home Invader Black, Yellow: 2, Black/Copper Zonker: 4-6, Sculpzilla Black, Olive, White: 2, Micro Zonker Grey, Brown, Black: 8, Bellyache Minnow Tan: 1-1/0, JJ Special: 6-8, Yellow/Brown: 4, Cheech Leech, Halloween: 1


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