Montana Fly Fishing Report 3/20/16

by Jake Schilling March 20, 2016


Grab your favorite down jacket and come fish the Upper. Be sure to read the weather report, seems to change everyday. Either way, the fishing continues to be outstanding. Fish are rising in the bank pocket water extremely well, you can cast to risers for 4 hours on the right day.
Patterns for topwater haven't changed, our favorites are still the #16-18 Griffiths Gnat, #18 Stillborn, and #18-20 Purple Parachute. Take advantage of being able to fish a single dry in early spring.

If you can't find any fish rising, try a few nymphs through the 2-4' pocket water. The fish are pretty active and found in all the normal early spring holding waters. For flies, stop by the shop and grab a few #12 Tungsten Hare's Ear, #18 Driskoll Midge Emerger, #18 Brown/Olive Zebra Midge, and the always solid #14 Lake Prince.



All reports seem to be good regarding the the treated water spill that entered the Gallatin early this month. Fish kill has been reported as minimal, and effects from the particulates in the river shouldn't be a factor as most will be washed away in the coming spring run-off next month.

As for the fun stuff: don't pass up a chance to fish the Upper Gallatin if you're in the area, it's good and hasn't been very busy at all above Big Sky. If you're patient, and cover a good chunk of water searching, you'll find a few nice 'Bows rising for midges.

You can find fish right where you'd expect this time of year, in the slowest, deepest pockets in the river. #14 Biot Stone, #16 Ram Caddis, #12 Tungsten Hare's Ear, and #10 Sili Leg have all been fishing well. With a little warm weather and snow/rain in the forecast, be ready for water levels/color to change.

*Please keep in mind the YNP section is CLOSED*


Jake Schilling
Jake Schilling


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