Gallatin River

April 23, 2018

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2018

 Winters grip on the mountain snowpack finally let go on Saturday. The West Fork and the Taylor Fork both began to flow dirty into the Gallatin. The water conditions depend on where you are. The Canyon is pretty dirty, the water is constantly being churned. If you go above Big Sky to the 320 Ranch area the color is a little better and would be a reach to streamer fish something dark. The best water is above the Taylor Fork but until the Park opens there is only about three miles of river. There may be a number of us that fish in this reach over the coming weeks because the clarity is always fishable. The water up here is colder and the fish are still eating midges.


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Adult Midge Dark: 22-24, Midge Cluster: 16-18

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, 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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