Montana Troutfitters is Bozeman’s oldest fly fishing shop Since 1978

Apr 17, 2024

The Gallatin will be a great option as we move into spring. Water clarity is variable this time of year but don't be afraid of the green. It has been mostly a nymphing game and double nymph rigs with stonefly or worm patterns paired with your favorite small attractor nymphs will be most consistent. Egg patterns and hot heads have also been productive as those rainbows start doing their thing. Dry-fly fishing will pick up as baetis start getting active but for now it's still midges. There are also a few March browns fluttering around. Streamer fishing has been good and the rule of "dark day, dark fly, light day, light fly," definitely rings true on the ole Gal. Keep an eye on the flows, mud has been pulsing through the system with the recent precipitation.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions


Purple Haze, parawulff BWO, griffiths gnat, renegade


Pats Rubber Legs, Perdigons, little black sloan, frenchie, Lightning bug, san juan worm, zebra midge, a delicious egg


Sculpzilla, Baby Gonga, Goldie, Sparkle Minnow

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