Gallatin River

April 24, 2017

Fishing Conditions

April 24, 2017

 The river was rising from the wet weather we are getting. This morning the flow almost reached 800 cfs before it started to drop. We have a week of rain and snow predicted so this will continue to be the pattern. Rises flows when the moisture is falling and small drops when the weather clears. These flows are enough to make crossing the river very tricky, especially with the green water. Yesterday the visibility was suprisingly good, around two feet. Early in the morning was good double nymph rig fishing. By noon it was time to run a dry/dropper. Blue Wings and midges started to cover the water by mid afternoon. Most of the fish feeding on them were along the banks but some really nice trout were coming to the surface behind boulders in the middle of the river. 

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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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