Gallatin River

August 2, 2020

Fishing Conditions

August 2, 2020

The Gallatin from Gateway to Big Sky is the place to be! Flows are down and the fishing has been solid. If you head this way you can get them on streamers, nymphs, and dries. Pick your poison! However its certainly dry dropper season on the Gallatin and this is a tough rig to beat this time of year. Chubbies, ants, and hoppers are great dries for this rig as they can hold up a fairly heavy nymph. For a dropper, fish are eating attractor mayflies, caddis, PMD's, stones and soft hackles. Nocturnal stones have been hatching throughout the river and spruce moths are hatching in the canyon in big numbers. Fishing a smaller chubby with a spruce moth dry has produced some fantastic dry fly action. If you're not getting fish on the dead drift try twitching and skating those dries! If you are planning to go down low on this river please stick to fishing it in the early morning as the water temps in the afternoon have peaked above safe fishing temperatures. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, Purple Haze: 12-18, Matts midge: 18, Adams Para Wulff: 14-18, Brook Sprout BWO; 20-22, C-UM Spinner PMD; 16-20,

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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