Super star shop employee, Zach Menegat, with a nice bow.
Hebgen: Hebgen Lake is currently full and should start fishing well. Stripping buggers/leeches or nymphing under an indicator will be your best option on the lake. 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 Hot Bead Leech, #8 Thin MInt
Inflow to Hebgen Lake: 1440 cfs
Hebgen Lake Outflow: 1376 cfs
Kirby Flows: 1710 cfs
** Flows as of 12 pm June 26, 2022
Upper Madison: The flows on the upper Madison have finally dropped, meaning we were able to resume our regularly scheduled float trips this past week. Although the water is still high and off color, wade fishing has been productive lately with fish feeding near the banks. Nymphing a two-fly setup remains your most productive method for catching fish right now. Running a tandem nymph rig with a big stonefly under an indicator has been the go-to. Keep an eye out for fish-eating caddis as the flows continue to drop and the water clears.
Flies: #6-8 Sili Legs, #14-16 Lake Prince, #14-18 Red Neck, #18 Czech Frenchie, #6 Black Hot Bead Leech
Gallatin: The Gallatin right now is high and cold but has been starting to drop over the last week. If you aren’t able to get into the park due to the alternating license plate system, the Gallatin may begin to become a good option for park fishing. While the water is still high nymphing may be your best bet but as the week progresses be on the lookout for Caddis and PMDs.
The park is open again (as of 06/22/22) and has chosen to implement an Alternating License Plate System for entry into the park. Meaning license plates ending with an odd number get in on odd numbered days and license plates ending in even numbers get in on even days. If you aren’t sure were you fall in this system, check out: https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/new-yellowstone-entry-rules-focus-on-license-plates.
The Firehole, Madison, and the Gibbon have returned to near normal flows but remain slightly elevated in terms of what they normally sit at. However, nymphing and soft hackles can be productive. As with the Gallatin and the Madison outside of the park, be on the lookout for Caddis and PMDs as we hit some of these mid-summer hatches in the next few weeks.
New shop employee Nico Doran getting after it with a nice brown.
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