Gallatin River

August 8, 2017

Fishing Conditions

August 8, 2017

 As of 7-19-17 The Gallatin has a Hoot Owl Closure from Sheds Bridge in Four Corners to the headwaters of the Missouri. This section will be closed to fishing from 2pm until midnight until the water temps come back down. The East Gallatin will also be under a Hoot Owl closure from Spring Hill Rd. to its confluence with the mainstem of the Gallatin. The river has gone gin clear and the fish are able to see you pretty well. Try to move slow and stealthy so the fish won't spook. If you have a good riffle along the bank you will find some fish there but a lot of them are out in the middle. They are really keyed in on the Spruce Moths but caddis patterns are working just as good. The first few hours of the day and the last hours of light are having the best surface action. In the middle of the day when the sun is high you will want a dropper of at least 3 feet. Lately the flashier the nymph the better the fishing. Put these under a small to medium sized hopper. Around mid-morning the Tricos' are hatching and the spinner fall is around dinner. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Parachute Adams: 16-18, Purple Haze: 16-18, Thorax PMD: 14-16-18, Ex. Body PMD:14-16-18-20, Parachute PMD: 14-16-18, Elk Hair Caddis, Tan: 14-16, Goddard Caddis: 14-16, Parachute Caddis, Tan: 12-14-16, PMX Stimulator, Yellow: 12-14, Yaeger 409, Brown, Yellow: 12-14-16, Chubby, Yellow, Olive: 12-14, Q's Glitter Ant: 16-18, CFO Ant: 12-14-16, Flying Loco Beetle: 14-16, Nick's Hi-Vis Beetle: 14-16, Twisted Sprucie: 10

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, G6 Caddis Olive & Tan: 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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