Bozeman Fishing Report
Visibility has been about a foot below the Taylor’s Fork and fishing has been fair at best, with flows reaching 2,300 CFS so fish your nymphs heavy. Visibility above the taylors fork is much better, bringing better Nymphing with it. Dry fly fishing hasn’t picked up in the upper reaches of the Gallatin yet, but this should increase as the weather warms up.
Copper bob-blue, red
Wooly Bugger-Black, Olive
Water clarity has really increased this week, with around 2 feet of visibility on the Upper Madison. Caddis are moving so any emerger pattern in Olive or green should be the ticket. Black and Olive streamers have been working as well.
Green Rock Worm
Lightning bug-silver, purple
Bead Head Hares ear
Circus Peanut-Olive, Black/Red
Wooly bugger-Olive, Black
Conehead JJ Special
Flows Have leveled out, and fishing has improved drastically. Fish have been rising for caddis and march browns, as well as crayfish, worms, and large black stones for nymphs. Streamers have been working well In the beartrap canyon area as well.
X Caddis- Brown, olive.
Elk hair caddis- olive, brown
Elk hair sally
Pats stone- Black/Olive, Olive/Black/Olive
Beadhead pearl power worm-Pink, purple
Lightning bug-silver, pearl
Conehead Wooly bugger-Brown, Olive Black
The river is still dirty, But big black stones and Black streamers along the banks and drop offs can prove productive.
Pats stone- Black/olive
Butte Fishing Report:
Warmer weather and less rain has most waterways clearing up and hatches are starting to happen.
The Big Hole is fishing fair to large streamers and a few caddis are beginning to appear as well. San Juan droppers or beaded stone fly nymphs are seeing some action as well.
The Beaverhead is showing activity for sinking rigs this past week. Small lightning bugs and San Juans are yielding brown trout.
The Jefferson River is running high presently however some caddis and mayfly hatches are bringing the fisherman out.
All rivers and reservoirs are fishing fair to bait rigs or crank baits. Nightcrawlers and marshmallows or Power Bait are good choices.