Upper Madison: Terrestrial fishing is still the name of the game if you're looking to fish dries. Smaller beetles and ants have been the most productive but the hopper bite has still been good, albeit a little more inconsistent. If you're looking for all day success, nymphing with small nymphs is still the way to go right now. We are looking at some cold days with chance of rain and even possibly snow towards the end of the week, so we can hope to maybe start seeing some baetis in the near future.
Flies: #10-14 Parachute Hopper, #14-16 Bogus Beetle, #16 Arrick’s Ant, #18 Guide Dip, #18 BH Shop Vac, #18-20 Zebra Midges.
Hebgen: It’s taking a while for things to get going in the morning. We’ve been having most of our best luck from late morning until 1 or 2 in the afternoon if and when the wind stays down. Things are starting to wind down a little bit out there, so get out there while there’s still some good fishing to be had.
Gallatin: Fishing has gotten a little tough over on the Gallatin. Terrestrial patterns in the afternoon or nymphing will be your best bet here.
NE Corner: Terrestrial fishing has still been good with smaller patterns. A nymph dropper continues to be a good addition to your rig this time year. Starting to see drakes more days than not and the emergences should only get stronger with the consistently cooler temps we have in the forecast.
Madison: The fall run is still very much in the early stages, but we are seeing and hearing of more and more lake fish being hooked over the past week. Head in there and swing some soft hackles or strip some streamers and see if you can’t get one for yourself. It will only get better from here on out.
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A non-guide perspective on when to fish around West Yellowstone