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

Apr 17, 2024

The Lower has been fishing well but can be tough when that sun gets high. Double nymph rigs with crawfish, leeches, and worms followed by a sowbug, scud, midge, or baetis pattern will be most consistent. That being said, fish on the lower will rise to midges most days especially in low light conditions. Streamer fishing has been getting good. Keep your eye out for tagged fish and clip tags that you find. The FWP website allows you to submit tags and has more information on the studies being conducted.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

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Dries:

parachute adams, purple haze, brook sprout BWO, comparadun BWO, buzzball, griffiths gnat

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Nymphs:

Clouser Cray, Zirdle Bugs, wooly bugger, balanced leech, Lil Spanker's, perdigons, lightning bugs, shop vac, hunchback scud, tailwater sowbug, delicious egg patterns

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Streamers:

Sparkle minnows, Kreelex minnows, wooly bugger, sculpzilla, clouser crayfish

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