Gallatin River

August 23, 2019

Fishing Conditions

August 23, 2019

The Gallatin is clearing up and we'll be seeing some great dry fly fishing.  Evenings you'll see dry fly action with hoppers, chubbies, ants, beetles, caddis, tricos and PMDs. We are also seeing Spruce Moths in the canyon. If dries aren't your style, A rubberlegs or san juan worm with a smaller lightning bug, mayfly or caddis dropper is a great rig. The name of the game is big and heavy to plunge those deep soft pools. If you're not picking up fish nymphing play with your split shot until you find the sweet spot.   Be aware that there is road construction in the canyon, so plan accordingly.

From montana.gov: 

South of Gallatin Gateway on US 191 also known as Gallatin Canyon Corridor.
Guardrail removal and replacement
Slope Stabilization
*This section of work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and continuing through Friday, August 16th, 2019. Work is scheduled from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
***Width restrictions of 12 feet will be in effect during working hours. Loads over 12 feet can go through between 7:00 PM and 7:00 AM. Expect at least 15 min delays but could be longer.
The project will not be complete until November.
EXPECT: Guardrail activities; Width Restriction of 12 feet; Delays between 15 and 60 minutes; Reduced Speeds of 35 MPH; Pilot Cars; Single Lane Traffic; Traffic Control by Signal Lights.

****We also heard an update this Thursday on local radio station KGLT that this section could be closed from 2pm-6pm in the coming days.  (It is not currently listed on the montana.gov site but just be aware that you might be sitting in traffic not fishing if you decide to play construction roulette.


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Morrish Hopper: 6-10, Chubbies: 8-12, Amy's Ants: 10-14, Royal PMX: 8-10, Black & Red CFO Ants: 12-14, Hippie Stompers: 12-16, Twisted Sprucie: 10, CDC Elk Hair Caddis: 14-16, Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, Purple Haze: 12-18, Matts midge: 18, Adams Para Wulff: 14-18,

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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