Upper Madison: Hopper fishing has been picking up steam in the last day or two, though fish are still a little wary of them. I would say only about a third of the looks we are getting are confident takes, with the rest of the fish either refusing or just poking with their nose. We have been starting to see a few more naturals finding their way into the river and with the heavy winds the next few days only more should follow. Ants have been our most consistent dropper. If your ant sinks behind the hopper, I like to let my drift continue and use the hopper as an indicator. Fish have been and will eat a sunken ant pretty readily. Nymphing remains consistent throughout much of the day with flies in size #14-18.
Flies: #12 Tan and Pink Chili Dogs, #8-12 Tan and Pink Thunder Thighs, #14-18 X-Caddis, #14 Full-Tilt Sally, #16 Front-end Loader, #12-16 Royal Wulff, #14-16 Parawullf, #16-18 Krystal Dip, #14-16 Green Machine, #14-18 Red Neck, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #16 HoloPoint, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Olive S.H. Hare’s Ear, #16 Shop Vac
Hebgen: The lake has gotten a lot more consistent in the last few days. Strong emergences of Callibaetis will have fish working until the wind kicks up, which has been as early as 9 or 10 am this past week. With the upcoming forecast looking gusty, it will pay to get out there a little earlier than usual and look for some tricos as well.
Flies: #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis, #14-16 Flashback PT, #16 Parachute Callibaetis, #16 Callibaetis Cripple, #16 Callibaetis Spinner
Gallatin: Good numbers of caddis and a few late afternoon PMDs will provide some dry fly activity. As usual, attractors and terrestrials have been fishing really well. Spruce moths have officially shown up, mainly in the canyon, and will provide some great fishing in there.
Flies: #16-18 X-Caddis, #12 Tan and Pink Chili Dogs, #16 Parachute PMD, #12-14 And and Orange Spruce Moth, #12-16 Royal Wulff, #14-16 Parawullf, #12-14 Lime Trude
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Slough/Soda Butte/Lamar: The NE corner continues to fish quite well. Terrestrials are the name of the game right now so make sure to have plenty of hoppers, ants and beetles.
Flies: #12 Tan and Pink Chili Dogs, #8-12 Tan and Pink Thunder Thighs, #14-16 Arrick’s Ant, #14 Royal Trude
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