Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (6.27.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: June 27, 2014


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Moose/Sheep/Goat results are out so check out the FWP website to see if you are one of the lucky ones.


Upper and Lower Madison is the hot spot. It has the best fishing right now so you will be contending with other fisher people who are itching to get and fish. Use nymphs and streamers to start the day using stone flies and rubber legs –go dark colors, as it warms up then check for rising fish and throw some PMDs and Caddis . Keep an eye out the Salmon flies are coming. They have been spotted but they are not in full force yet but be ready…it will be soon.

Gallatin-is still really high and fast so be very careful. Dry flies are not a good choice, the water is just too turbulent on the surface. Stick with nymphs and streamers. (rubber legs and wooly buggers)

Yellowstone-still really high and periodically muddy. We are not getting any good reviews right now.

Butte Fishing:

The Big Hole is blown out today after recent snows but has been fishing good this past week. Salomonflies are out and the fish are hungry between Divide launch and lower Maiden Rock. A few flies are being seen in the Canyon area but this storm may have put them down. Large Panther Martins and Rapalas are working well for the spin fisherman.

The Beaverhead River is fishing fair. Warm mornings have yielded smaller hatches. BWO’s or PMD’s are a good bet.

The Jefferson River is giving up some fish this spring, however, mostly Rainbow Trout. Small midge hatches on warmer days or barred legged Salmonfly Nymphs are flies of choice. Nightcrawlers are always a good bait on the Jefferson. Try a Panther Martin with Black Blade and green spots if you’re spin fishing.

Wooly Buggers should open up on Georgetown this week for successful fly angling. Damselfly Nymphs always a good bet as well.

There is a good salmon run on the North Fork in Idaho this year.

(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors)

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