Upper Madison: Fishing has remained pretty good out there over the last week. There are still some Salmonflies and Golden Stones flying around, but be on the look out for fish rising to caddis, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, and maybe even a few Green Drakes. A chubby chernobyl with a heavier nymph dropper has been a good option as of late, and we’ve had a few fish eat attractor dry patterns when bugs aren’t out. But as always nymphing a tandem rig under an indicator will be your best bet if you are looking to get after them.
Flies: #10-14 Chubby Chernobyl, #14-16 X Caddis, #14-16 Missing Link, #16 Corn Fed Caddis, #16 Sparkle Dun #16 Front End Loader, #14 Hairy Sally, #12-16 Lime Trude, #12-16 Royal Stimulator, #16-18 Lightning Bug, #16-18 Soft Hackle Hares Ear, #14-16 Frenchie, #14-16 Shop Vac
Hebgen: Still the same story as last report. Fishing has been good on those calm mornings before the wind starts to pick up. Watch for fish coming up for Callibaetis, and it might be a little early still but it never hurts to try an ant pattern on the lake. Nymphing a pair of flies under an indicator or stripping a wooly bugger or leech has been finding fish as well. Mix up your retrieval speeds until you figure out what the fish like.
Flies: #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis, #12 O.S Opal Buzzer, #16 Pheasant Tail, #14 Olive/Red Nugget, #8 Olive or Black Simi Seal Leech, #8 Olive or Black Hot Bead Goat Leech, #8 Thin Mint, #6 Black/Olive Flash Bugger
Gallatin: There’s still some Salmonflies and Golden Stones around here as well, along with plenty of other hatches going on. Look for Caddis, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, maybe a couple Spruce Moths too. Your favorite attractor dry pattern should find a couple fish if nothing is coming off. With the cooler water temps in the mornings, there’s no hurry to get to the Gallatin too early.
NE Corner: Slough Creek, The Lamar, and Soda Butte are all good options right now. Same story as the Gallatin, no need to get over here too early due to cooler water temps. Look for PMD’s, Caddis, and a few Stoneflies and Drakes. Ants, Beetles, attractor dry flies and streamers are in play here as well.
Flies: #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 X Caddis, #16 Hazy Cripple, #16 Arricks Ant, #12-16 Chubby Chernobyl, #16 Holo Point, #14-16 Redneck, #6 Sparkle Minnow
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