by Tom Forsberg
July 30, 2017
Dam: 1210 cfs
Kirby: 1460 cfs
Upper Madison: We’ve been lucky to have some storms roll through for a few evenings this past week to help cool the water down a bit. We had a few consecutive days where daytime water temps down at Kirby didn't crack the 70 degree mark. Still won’t find many fish rising throughout the day but we’ve been having some good luck blind fishing a caddis in the morning and afternoon hours. Continue to look for caddis into the evening hours as well in addition to spinner falls. Terrestrial fishing is starting to pick up with ants, hoppers, and beetles on sunny, windy days. Nymphing continues to be the most consistent producer. Using small nymphs and getting them down in the deep runs and pockets has still been key. This time of year, due to the combination of hot, lower water and a couple of months of heavy pressure, it can be beneficial to downsize your nymphs to size 18.
Flies: #16 Lake Prince, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Green and Black Lightning Bugs, #16-18 Guide Dip. #16-18 Elk Hair Caddis, #16 Rusty Spinner, #14 Bogus Beetle, #12-14 Grand Hopper.
Hebgen Lake: Starting to see more consistent action out there with more and more fish seeming to be tracking versus the sporadic rise here and there. We’ve been seeing Tricos, Callibaetis, caddis and flying ants out there so make sure to have a few patterns for each.
Gallatin: Still running cold and fishing well. Caddis, PMDs, Yellow Sallies and attractors are all still in play on the Gallatin right now. Keep in mind that the river can get a little muddy below Taylor’s Fork if we get a good amount of rain. We continue to stress the need for bear spray if you're heading to the Gallatin or any of it’s tribs. We continue to hear of bear sightings from many people returning from there, especially in the park stretch.
NE Corner: Slough, Soda Butte, and Lamar still fishing well with PMDs, Gray and Green Drakes, and smaller terrestrials. Lamar spiked a few times over this past week with the storms, but at the time of this writing, it’s on the way back down and the rest of the week looks hot and sunny so everything should continue to run clear and fish well.
Flies: #16 DOA PMD Cripple, #12 Missing Link Green Drake, #14 Bogus Beetle, #16 Para-Ant.
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