Gallatin River

July 18, 2018

Fishing Conditions

July 18, 2018

The Salmon Flies are done. You may run into a random bug or two, but the fish are no longer keyed in on the big bugs. This means that it is time to get locked in to summer tactics out on the Gallatin river! Chubby dropper is still a great option but down sizing the chubby and the dropper is key. A size 10-14 chubby with a smaller flash back PT or hares ear is a great option. Lightening bugs, spankers, and prince nymphs won't do you wrong either. The fish are moving back into the mid river runs and pools so targeting these areas is most definitly a good option. In the evenings there are so many caddis out you will most likely eat some yourself. The lower river is starting to get warm during the heat of the day, however, the canyon is a great option under the shady walls and under the willows. This will be a good place to be the next few weeks!

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Chubby Chernobyl: 8-16 (purple, copper, royal, orange, black & tan), Purple Haze: 12-18, Water Walker: 10-16, Elk Hair Caddis, olive: 12-14, Goddard Caddis: 12-14, Snowshoe Sally: 12-14, Yellow PMX: 8-10-12-14, Yeager 409, yellow: 12-14-16, Tilt Wing PMD: 16-18-20, Ex. Body PMD: 14-16-18, Thorax PMD: 14-16-18, Hi-Vis Parachute PMD: 14-16-18

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

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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