The river flow had a small rise from the warm then wet weather. This will add a little green to the river which we love on the Gallatin. Rainbows have podded up for the coming winter. They have moved into the deeper pools behind riffles and turns in the river. Nymphing is the way to get into better numbers of fish. Make sure you are bumping bottom with them. During winter the length of your leader can make or break the day. Some of the deep holes in the canyon need a 12' leader/tippet length. The fish are bellied down to the bottom since the water temps have dropped. They are wanting to be in the warmest water they can find which is at the bottom of the river during winter. The deeper the hole the warmer the water will be at the bottom. Since the Brown trout and Whitefish have both spawned, egg patterns are almost a must have fly pattern.
Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 18-20-22, Adult Midge Dark: 22-24, Midge Cluster: 16-18
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, 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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