Gallatin River

April 17, 2019

Fishing Conditions

April 17, 2019

The flow has dropped back down to a perfect level for wade fishing. The canyon has been on fire lately. We have had some fantastic reports from the area around storm castle. More fish are beginning to be caught in spots besides their winter holding places. Try putting some bugs along the soft edge of a riffles tail-out. The nymphing is good all day long after about 10 o'clock. The water is in the green shade which means it's time to have a worm or two with you. The mayflies are crawling around in the rocks getting more active. Big Hare's Ears and Pheasant Tails rolling along the bottom have been working very well in tandem with a worm or a stonefly. Get some wading in before the big run-off begins. The flow is still low for now but it's going to change soon. More average size juvenile fish are feeding, this might be a sign that the bigger adults are shifting into spawn mode. Be aware, the lower down you get on this river the more color you will find in the water. A lot of the feeder streams are pumping mud and its only going to get more dirty with the warm weather forecasted. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: 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, 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, Yellow/Brown: 4, Cheech Leech, Halloween: 1

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