Bozeman/Butte Fishing Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 10.28.16
Gallatin-613cfs- The recent rain has put some color in the river as well as flushed out some bugs. In the canyon nymphing is your best bet with a stonefly or worm pattern being the most productive. Small midges and bwo’s are coming off in the afternoons as well. Out of the canyon the streamer bite has been good with small white and black patterns swinging through the riffles.
Upper Madison-1030cfs- Some browns are in spawn while others have just finished making all the fish aggressive towards streamers. Sculpin patterns have been working best. Be careful though because most browns are on the banks and are very easily spooked. Nymphing has been very productive. Try a stonefly pattern trailed by a mayfly.
Lower Madison-1380cfs- A spike in water levels has probably turned fish off for a day or two but overall the fishing is good. Crayfish worms and eggs are all patterns that are producing well right now. With another round of this fall weather the streamer fishing has picked up. Swinging flies over buckets and riffles is an affective presentation. Most of the rainbows will be found in the middle of the river while the browns are along the banks.
Yellowstone-2600cfs-There will be a spike of water coming out of the Lamar today. Most fish are in the middle of the river but some bigger browns will probably be lurking along the banks. Nymphing will be the name of the game. Try throwing a Rubberlegs or bright mayfly or prince nymph. The streamer fishing has been steadily increasing. Bright days bright fly dark days dark fly.
Fishing has been fair in SW Montana despite recent rains bringing mud and silt into river flows. The deeper runs of the Big Hole are holding larger browns actively feeding before the fall spawn. Large streamers offer a larger meal to these feeding trout. Yellow and Black or Yellow and White Streamers have been good choices. These larger streamers are also a good choice along the banks of the Beaverhead and the Jefferson Rivers. Georgetown Reservoir has been fishing good this fall. Midge patterns have been choice for fly fishermen. Marshmallows and nightcrawlers are good choices for bait fishing. Bank fishing has been good at Clark Canyon Reservoir, Ruby Reservoir and Delmo the past few weeks and should continue until ice begins to form.