Gallatin River

July 21, 2017

Fishing Conditions

July 21, 2017

 As of 7-19-17 The Gallatin has a Hoot Owl Closure from Sheds Bridge in Four Corners to the headwaters of the Missouri. This section will be closed to fishing from 2pm until midnight until the water temps come back down. The East Gallatin will also be under a Hoot Owl closure from Spring Hill Rd. to its confluence with the mainstem of the Gallatin. Caddis, PMD's, and smaller stimulators as well as tricos on the lower river will make up the bulk of the dry fly action. I would also start trying out some ant patterns or maybe a hopper. Chubby Chernobyls are also a great low light bet for those early mornings and evenings. The fishing is going to be better if you stay above town. If you are heading up above Big Sky the fishing has been very good with tan Caddis. Up here the river is wadable but the canyon still has a swift current in most areas, stick to the banks to fish if this is where you end up for the day. The Crowds are out and about on the gallatin but if you head high up towards the park you will find more open water and cooler water as well. Midday has been a little tougher especially in the bright sun. Nymphing will find most of the fish on these days. Smaller nymphs are working well such as a prince nymph and lightning bug.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Parachute Adams: 16-18, Purple Haze: 16-18, Thorax PMD: 14-16-18, Ex. Body PMD:14-16-18-20, Parachute PMD: 14-16-18, Elk Hair Caddis, Tan: 14-16, Goddard Caddis: 14-16, Parachute Caddis, Tan: 12-14-16, PMX Stimulator, Yellow: 12-14, Yaeger 409, Brown, Yellow: 12-14-16, Chubby, Yellow, Olive: 12-14, Q's Glitter Ant: 16-18, CFO Ant: 12-14-16, Flying Loco Beetle: 14-16, Nick's Hi-Vis Beetle: 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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