Salmon Fly Update #4 – June 27th, 2018
The Salmon flies seem to be operating semi normally finally!
Gallatin River – This is the place to be there are massive amounts of bugs from Spanish creek up through Lava lake and beyond. With the hot weather yesterday and today, expect the hatch to progress quickly up the canyon. I would not be surprised to see big bugs up near big sky in the next few hours. With the bugs out, the question is, are the fish eating them? The answer is Yes! Get here now if you can. Working a single dry fly up tight to the banks has been a great way to get into the bigger fish. Dry dropper has been useless when working the shallow waters, but in the deep slots behind boulders, it’s worth working a big stonefly nymph deep! Hares ears have also been working pretty well if you cant get the fish to commit to the bigger meals. The Gallatin is absolutely crushing water through the canyon right now. As such, use extreme caution wading. These warm days are probably good for wet wading, just to be safe!
Madison River – The Madison has bugs, but the fishing has been tough. This may be because the flows and temperatures have been all over the place or because there have been massive amounts of bug chasers around. Try to get on really early or in the evening for the best dry fly fishing. Dry dropper is still an alright option but the last few days have just been tough all around. That being said, at some point, these fish are going to have to eat. When that happens, with the amounts of bugs and big fish in that river, it could be biblical.
Bighole – The Bighole is cooling down from salmon flies. The water is still running high but the fish are kind of done eating the biggest flies. Try down sizing to a smaller red or copper chubby and throw a smaller dropper underneath. A PT is a good bet.
Yellowstone – Its not looking good yet, but you never know.
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