Upper Madison: The Madison has been nymphing well from sunup until the water heats up in the late morning or early afternoon. When the water does heat up, it’s time to throw on your favorite terrestrial pattern. Whether it’s ants, beetles, hoppers, or spruce moths, we’ve been hearing positive things on all fronts as far as terrestrial fishing. Bright and windy days are ideal for terrestrial fishing, but don't be afraid to throw them even if it isn’t. It can also be to your advantage to find some nice grassy undercuts along the banks, but you'd be surprised at the fish you'll rise a ways off of the bank as well. Spinner patterns have been fishing pretty well in the evening hours.
Flies: #16-18 Beadhead Shop Vac, #16-18 Guide Dip, #16-18 Green Lightning Bug, #10-14 Grand Hopper, #14-16 Bogus Beetle, #14-16 Hi-Vis Cinnamon Ant, #12-14 Orange/Tan Spruce Moth, #16-18 Rusty Spinner.
Hebgen: Hebgen has been a little hit or miss when to comes to dry fly fishing, but we’ve been seeing plenty of tricos and Callibaetis. Nymphing is currently the most effective way to catch them out there. Stripping a damselfly nymph or dropping a Callibaetis nymph under an indicator or dry fly can be good options.
Flies: #14-16 Parachute Callibaetis, #16 Cripple Callibaetis, #18-20 Calf Tail Trico Spinner, #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis.
Gallatin: Continues to fish well with caddis, PMDs, terrestrials, and attractors. Also look for good spruce moth fishing north of the park stretch towards Big Sky.
NE Corner: Terrestrial fishing is going full force on Slough, Soda Butte and Lamar right now. Have hoppers, beetles, and ants. Bring a few of your favorite terrestrial pattern and find some water to yourself and success should be yours.
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A non-guide perspective on when to fish around West Yellowstone