UMR. This stretch has been phenomenal. Definitely take some Caddis, yellow sallies (yellow humpies), and stone flies. Some times it just takes a good looking “bug” to get their attention; try throwing some fat alberts or stimulators. The green drakes have started to hatch but it is intermittent right now.
LMR The water is flowing low and are reaching higher temps, the fish are slower moving in the heat of the day. Please be conscience of stress placed on the fish. The fishing is best in the cooler mornings using caddis flies, pale morning duns, and golden stone.
Yellowstone is blowing up with dry flies. You don’t necessarily have to match the fly just work with some thing that looks attractive to the fish- stimulators, chubbies, and fat alberts have been reported to be catching some nice ones. Golden stones are still producing good results. Try other terrestrials such as small grasshoppers and ants.
Gallatin River Nymphing is working the best. Stone flies are still doing okay. IF dries are your thing use smaller parachute adams, purple haze, and caddis flies. The Spruce moth hatch is up and coming so keep your eye out for them.
The Big Hole River is great for Fly Fishermen with PMD’s, Caddis, and mosquitos being good choices for morning and evening fishing. Rapala’s, Mepps, and Panther Martins have been good for spin fishermen.
PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and Damsel Flies or Drakes are good choices for the Beaverhead River this week. Big brown trout are enjoying a fat crawler drifted banks in their lair occasionally as well.
Clark Canyon has been hot on the south end for bait fishermen.
Georgetown reservoir has provided good opportunities to all fishermen this past week. Mohair Leech and Damsel Nymphs fished in the weed beds or Wooly Buggers stripped slowly are catching the fish. Blue Damsels or Green Drakes fished on the surface have yielded nice trout.
Terrestrials such as Bees or black or red ants are killing the trout in the small streams and mountain lakes. Watch the shoreline and brush and pick the fly to match the local food source.
The Beaverhead Fly Fishing Classic will be held Saturday July 27th at Barret’s Park in Dillon. There will be a lot of activities for the kids, a fishing derby, and fun for the whole family Register today by calling Kelly at 683-6106.
(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward & Sons; Cover Photo: montanatu.com)