11/9 – Ice on the river on the drive up this morning. Once the sun pops out it should be good to go. Give us a call for updates.
Well, winter is here. Icy roads, snowy river banks, and empty rivers. We still haven’t yet gotten a serious cold snap, so fishing has remained good on the Gallatin. Fish have moved into winter holding water. Think slow water, dropoffs, seams. With the cold water metabolisms have slowed down, and fish want to use minimal energy to eat. No different than ordering pizza from the comfort of your couch on a cold winter day. But serisouly, get off the couch and get outside. You’ll have the river to yourself.
Mostly a nymphing game, and think small. Midges and Mayflies. 18-20. No much for reports of fish eating a stonefly. Zebra and T-Midges. Little Green Machines, Lightning Bugs. BWO’s might be around during the warmer part of the day.
Slowly swung streamers might still pick up a fish or two, but be patient on the retrieve.
A good weather station to check the weather near the fly shop here.
Winter Fishing On the Gallatin. The Gallatin Canyon is one of the best winter fisheries in the area. An abundance of natural springs keeps the majority of the Gallatin free of ice and fishing well. Need a break from skiing at Big Sky? We have fly fishing guides available all year long. Winter Safety Tips
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Our Fly Fishing Guide School has helped lots of anglers achieve their dream of being a fishing guide. With monthly schools throughout the spring, summer and fall, there is likely a week of fishing that will fit your schedule. 2019 Guide School dates and info can be found here.