By Montana Grant

Posted: July 2, 2020

The weather has been wet and inconsistent. So has the fishing. Things should clean and heat up soon here in SW Montana.

Yellowstone River

The water is high and rolling. Be careful when wading and afloat. The hydraulics are dangerous. Be careful when you drop an anchor. This river should be better later in the week. The fish are tight to the bank. I have heard a few Big Bug rumors but nothing solid. The boat ramps have some erosion so make sure you check your put ins and takeout’s. Streamers and basic nymphs are working but the drifts are fast.

Upper Madison

This is the best fishing now. Water is high but clear. Big Bigs are around and the stonefly nymphs are working well. Golden Stones and PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, and Adams are all on the menu. Fishing is getting crowded.

Lower Madison

Weather and flows have made this stretch crazy. Streamers are the best bet. Try a big Spuddler. Fish near the banks and weed beds. Basic dries can get results when you find rising fish. Yellow Sallies are a good bet.


Getting clearer but the Taylors Fork is not helping. Above the fork, the water is clear and fishing well into the Park. Big Bugs are around Taylors Fork. Streamers and Stonefly nymphs are working well. Don’t be afraid to fish attractor dries subsurface. The other day I used a Joe’s Hopper as a nymph and caught several great fish. Next I tied on a Muddler Minnow and returned to the great fishing of the 1970’s!

Fishing is fun! Get hooked!

Montana Grant

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