Gallatin River

April 19, 2017

Fishing Conditions

April 19, 2017

 The river has dropped slightly since Fridays weather but it is still big enough that fording across will be very difficult and not advisable. The nymph bite is very good, stoneflies are still the hottest flies. They have been gobbling these up for a couple months. Midge nymphs and emergers will draw some fish but don't forget to try some mayfly and caddis nymphs. The BWO's have started to hatch and there are fish eating dries along the banks. This river may have the best streamer bite of all the local rivers. Small patterns fished slowly on the swing has been the ticket. Conditions should hold for now but depending on how much rain comes later this week could add some color from the Taylor Fork. Down in the lower river, from Logan to the Headwaters, the water temps have reached a point that some Mothers Day Caddis have begun to hatch. The flow is over 1200 cfs down here so you will need a boat.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Parachute Adams: 16-18, Purple Haze: 16-18, Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Batwing Emerger: 18-20-22, Low-Rider Midge: 18-20-22, Micro Midge: 18-20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18, Para Midge: 18-20-22, Quigley's Cluster: 14-16-18, Elk Hair Caddis, Olive: 12-14-16

Nymphs: Delektable Hurless: 4-6, Mega Prince: 4-6, Mega Hare's Ear: 6-8, Pheasant Tail: 14-18, Copper John Blue, Black: 14-18, Lightning Bug Silver, Original, Gold: 12-14-16, G6 Caddis Olive & Tan: 14-16, Bubble Back BWO: 16-18, El Diablo: 14-16-18, Little Bit of E: 14-16, Tungsten Purple Burger: 12-14, Price's Pacifier: 8-10, Wire Worm Pink: 4, Military Mayfly: 18-20-22, Little Green Machine: 18-20-22

Streamers: BH Black Bugger: 2-4-6, Black Krystal Bugger: 6-8, Sex Dungeon Black, White, Yellow: 2, Home Invader Black, White, 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, Mr. Creepo, Yellow/Brown: 4, Cheech Leech, Halloween: 1

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