Gallatin River Fishing Report by Gallatin River Guides 2.27.20
By angelamontana

Posted: February 28, 2020

2/27/20 – The Gallatin is finally settling into its winter grove, with flows sitting at 291 CFS. Fish are congregating in the slow deep pools and slow buckets. Focus on slow deeper water with good structure. Nymping has been the most effective tactic lately. Try a rubber leg as your lead fly, followed up by a midge or small attractor. Have faith in the rubber legs and change up your back fly, weight, and depth to dial in what the fish want. We have seen some midges on the warmer days and if you stick to it you can find some fish with midge dries. Small streamers dead drifted can also pick up some fish this time of year. 

Dry Flies:  Cluster Peacock Quigley #16-20, Harrop’s CDC Cluster Midge #16-20, Bucky’s Midge Cluster #20 can be a great lead fly if you are struggling to see some of those smaller midge patterns.  They’ll still eat that Adams, so be ready!

Nymphs:  Pat’s Rubber Legs Black #10-12, Pat’s Rubber Legs Coffee #10-12, Zebra Midges #18-20 all colors, Little Green Machine Gray or PT #18-20, Poly wing Emerging Midge Brown and Gray #18, Mini San Juan Worm #12, Tung Sunkist #18, Rainbow Warrior Red #18.

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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