Gallatin River

July 14, 2019

Fishing Conditions

July 14, 2019

The heavy rain and hail the last fews days has muddied up the river and there is just around six inches of clarity. The good news about mud plugs on the Gallatin is that they clear up quickly. If we dont get another rain storm, expect the gallatin to come back into shape in a day or two. When this river clears you'll see the big bugs around but not in huge numbers. The bulk of the bugs are making their way up from portal creek to the park. The flows are still pumping, so take precaution wading this way. A good rig to try is a big foamy salmon fly on top with a stonefly dropper below. If the fish aren't taking the salmonflies switch to a smaller chubby. Nymphing has also been productive running a rubber legs up top with a smaller mayfly or caddis dropper... The name of the game is big and heavy to plunge those deep soft pools. If you're not picking up fish nymphing play with your split shot until you find the sweet spot. The river is starting to see more pressure, so get it while you can!

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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, Olive,: 2, Home Invader Black, 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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