Upper Madison: The Madison has been rockin’ and you can find just about all of our good hatches going on right now. The dry fly fishing has been fantastic. PMDs, Caddis, Salmonflies, Goldens and Yellow Sallies are all out and about and fish are looking up for all of them. We had a bit of a cold front this past week that put a pause of the salmonflies for a few days, so they are just now starting to show up in the wade section. The nymph bite has been quite good as well, but with how excellent the dry fly fishing has been, it’s hard to put that indicator on.
Flies: #8-10 Sili-legs, #12-14 Biot Golden Stone, #14-16 Frenchie, #14-16 Red Neck, #14-16 Lake Prince, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #16 HoloPoint, #16 Olive Biot pupa, #16 Shop Vac, #16 Olive S.H. Hare’s Ear, #12-16 Royal Wulff, #14-16 Parawullf, #16 Shop Vac, #14-18 X-Caddis, #16 Parachute PMD, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 PMD Cripple, #10 Hot Cake Salmonlfly, #8-12 Razorback Salmonfly, #8 Supafly Salmonfly, #14 Full-Tilt Sally
Hebgen: Hebgen has been a little hit or miss this past week. There have been a fair number of Callibaetis in the Madison Arm and scattered around the main lake, but the fish eating them have been pretty sporadic which makes targeting them difficult. Chironomid and callibaetis nymphs under an indicator or as a dropper is still going to be the best way to boat fish for the time being.
Flies: #12 O.S. Opal/Red Buzzer, #14 Black/Red Nugget, #14-16 Flashback PT, #16 Parachute Callibaetis, #16 Callibaetis Cripple, #16 Callibaetis Spinner, #14-16 Parachute Adams
Gallatin: The Gallatin is still just a touch high and a little green below Big Sky, but the water above Taylor Fork is looking great! There should be a decent amount of surface activity and like the Madison you should be prepared to see salmonflies, goldens, caddis, PMDs and Yellow Sallies on any given afternoon. The Salmonflies have pretty much worked their way through the canyon at this point and were pretty prevalent around 320 Ranch yesterday afternoon. If you aren’t seeing bugs, nymphing will do the trick or you can always throw around your attractor pattern of choice and expect to pick up a few fish.
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Slough/Soda Butte/Lamar: We are really close to these rivers coming into shape. We have had a report or two that Slough by the campground has become fishable and Drakes have been coming off. The Lamar is running pretty clear, but is still probably too high and cold to fish well. Slough is always the first of these three to clear so this will be your best bet, but Lamar and Soda Butte shouldn’t be too far behind and may be fishable by the end of the week.
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