Hebgen: Hebgen Lake is currently at 88.6% full and they are letting it fill. The rain this last week has been helpful bringing that level up. Stripping buggers/leeches or nymphing under an indicator will be your best options on the lake in the early season. With leeches and buggers, switch up your retrieval until you find something the fish like.
Flies: #8 Black or Olive Simi Seal Leech, #6 Flash-a-Bugger, #6 Olive or Black Hot Bead Leech
Hebgen Flows: 388 cubic feet per second
Kirby Flows: 1010 cubic ft per second
Upper Madison: The water is slightly off color right now, but the fishing has been good. Nymphing a two-fly set up will be your most productive method right now. Dead drifting a stonefly /nymph combo under an indicator has been the go-to. The rain this last week should help fishing soon. Keep an eye out for fish eating baetis, especially on the cloudier afternoons. Early mornings and then later evenings have been the best for streamer action.
Flies: #16-18 Redneck, #14-18 Frenchie, #10-12 Sili Legs, #16-18 Black Lightning Bug, #18 Higas SOS Midge, #18-20 BWO Loop Wing, #6 Black Hot Bead Leech, #6 Black/Purple Sparkle Yummy, #6 Olive Sparkle Minnow.
Madison/Firehole: Fishing has opened in the park, and it has been a productive start. Swinging soft hackles or nymphing is going to be your best bet for a good day in the Madison and the Gibbon. Both of which are running a little high. In the Firehole size down your nymphs and be on the lookout for PMDs. Make sure to get an early start to your day because the summer cars are starting to line up to get into the park.
Flies: #8-10 Partridge and Orange, #8-10 Partridge and Pheasant Tail, #10-12 Sili Legs, #14-16 Prince Nymph, #16-18 Frenchie, #16 Olive Bullet, #14 Diving Caddis. #16-20 Klinkhammer PMD, #16-20 Sparkle Dun
Flows: 621 cubic feet per second (Firehole)
Gallatin: The Gallatin right now is cold and off colored, if you’re looking for a productive day of fishing. We’d recommend starting somewhere else. But if you do choose to venture out to the Gallatin to avoid some of the crowds in the park. Czech nymphing will be your best bet.
NE Corner: Like the Gallatin, these rivers are running high and off color. Fishing the NE corner is most likely not worth the drive.
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