Gallatin River

August 20, 2018

Fishing Conditions

August 20, 2018

  There are nocturnal stones out there, but people have been talking about Spruce Moths. The moths are currently out and fish are looking for them hard. Chubby dropper is still a great option but down sizing the chubby and the dropper is key. A tan/black size 10-14 chubby with a smaller flash back PT or hares ear is a great option. Lightning bugs, spankers, and prince nymphs won't do you wrong either. The fish are moving back into the mid river runs and pools so targeting these areas is certainly a good option. In the evenings there are so many caddis out you will most likely eat some yourself. The lower river is starting to get warm during the heat of the day with temps climbing in to the low 70s daily, however, the canyon is a great option under the shady walls and under the willows, and keep an eye out for some spruce moths. This will be a good place to be the next few weeks!

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Chubby Chernobyl: 8-16 (purple, copper, royal, orange, black & tan), Purple Haze: 12-18, Water Walker: 10-16, Elk Hair Caddis, olive: 12-14, Goddard Caddis: 12-14, Snowshoe Sally: 12-14, Yellow PMX: 8-10-12-14, Yeager 409, yellow: 12-14-16, Tilt Wing PMD: 16-18-20, Ex. Body PMD: 14-16-18, Thorax PMD: 14-16-18, Hi-Vis Parachute PMD: 14-16-18

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

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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