Gallatin River

June 23, 2017

Fishing Conditions

June 23, 2017

 The Salmon flies are in the bushes mating and the females will start flying soon. The top of the valley and the bottom of the canyon is where anglers have found them. The river fell over 700 CFS last night and is fishing well. The river is still a little big to be wading all over, but working the banks is producing fish. Nymph rigs will be the most productive, especially stonefly patterns. There have been certain days where the fish have been gorging on stoneflies. Tight along the banks in soft water you can find some fish that will eat a dry fly for you. Try some adult caddis along the banks. Black streamers have been successful and will continue to work while there still is color to the water. A big prince nymph is a good bet behind your favorite stonefly nymph. A big stonefly under a chubby right against the bank will also produce fish.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Parachute Adams: 16-18, Purple Haze: 16-18, Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Batwing Emerger BWO: 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, Extended Body BWO: 16-18-20, Comparadun BWO: 16-18-20, Film Critic: 16-18-20,

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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