Summertime fishing has been pretty good in the area with early being the best time to be out. The fish are eating the hopper and mayflies on the surface with some spruce moths in the canyons with pine trees. Get out and go fishing!!!
YELLOWSTONE RIVER: 3,270cfs
The stone has cleared up from the mud plug earlier in the week and is a nice green color with about 4-5 feet of visibility. The fishing has been real good in the mornings with attractors, mayflies, and hoppers. Some big fish have fallen prey to nymphs and stoneflies. This is also getting to be the time to look towards terrestrials like beetles and ants.
dries: more or less hopper, morrish hopper, BA spent hopper, never sink trude, monster beetle, glitter ant, two tone ant, purple parachute, purple teaser,H &L variant
nymphs: lil spanker silver, mega prince, iron sally, red headed stepchild, king prince, silveys beaf head pupa
streamers: copper zonker, JJ's special, sparkle minnow, olive bugger, double screamer
GALLATIN RIVER: 618cfs
The Gallatin has been fishing very very good lately. Spruce moths in the morning and hoppers in the afternoon. The nymphing is steady all day with beadheads and rubberlegs and some good sized fish eating the streamer but you might have to commit all day to find the one. Good caddis coming off late in the evening as well.
dries: chubby chernobyl, yellow stimulator, tan elk hair caddis, royal PMX, royal trude, glitter ant, purple teaser, purple adams, para caddis, morrish hopper, Dave's hopper
nymphs: rubberlegs, lightning bug, iron sally, silveys primetime pupa, tungsten yellow sally, PT spanker, blue spanker, IED, brown sof hackle, king prince
streamers: new school muddler, deer hair bugger, pearl zonker, sculpzilla, sparkle minnow, JJs special
THE UPPER MADISON: 1,390cfs
Pretty nice clear water on the Upper with water temps heating up in the afternoon. Get out early and the water stays cool. The big fish are mostly on the nymph but a few big ones coming up to the hopper. Good mayfly action in the morning with attractors and beetles bringing fish up to the top most of the day.
dries: Bloom's hopper, Morrish Hopper, More-or-less hopper, chubby chernobyl, Royal PMX, rubberleg ant, two tone ant, monster beetle, deer hair beetle, glitter ant, purple teaser, purple haze, bloom's para caddis
nymphs: blue spanker, mega prince, red headed stepchild, military may, PT spanker, lightning bug, silveys beadhead pupa, olive soft hackle, sex fly
streamers: copper zonker, screamers, JJs special, dream catcher, butte rat, sculpzilla, mini loop sculpin, bow river bugger, snapping craw
LOWER MADISON: 1,730cfs
Warm water temps make the Lower a better river to float in an innertube than fish right now. If you are gonna fish it get out as early as possible and plan on being home for lunch or fish the Gallatin on the way home.
MISSOURI RIVER: 4,120cfs
Some amazing angling going on the mighty MO these days. Tricos in the morning and hoppers in the heat of the day. The evenings bring out caddis and spinner falls. Some days its been just silly fishing up top others require a bit more pattern searching. Be prepared with all mayfly life cycle imitations ie: nymph, emerger, dun, spinners. A close attention to the type of rise will often tell which stage the trout are keyed into. A clear ring in the water usually is an adult eat. If your seeing more of the fishes head or dorsal fin slide out of the water they are eating emergers.
dries: sparkle trico, trico spinner, purple adams, double trico, griffiths gnat, PMD tilt wing, Morrish hopper, Bloom's hopper-tan, Yeti Hopper, barely kickin stone, para caddis, purple caddis
nymphs: micro may, tailwater tiny, military may PMD, slow guy, ray charles, sowbug, sex fly, PT spanker, silver spanker, lightning bug, red copper john
THE BIG HOLE: 364cfs
Pretty good action on the big hole with tricos and hoppers. Things are kinda skinny so bring a raft unless you don't care about the chines on your drift boat. The bigger fish have mostly moved into the fast moving riffles even if it's six inches deep. It is never a bad time of the year to throw streamers on the Big Hole.
dries: sparkle trico, tico spinner, chubby chernobyl, wilcoxs VW hopper, purple teaser, royal wulff, para caddis, purple adams
nymphs: hares ear, rubberlegs, olive soft hackle, lightning bug, red copper john, silveys primetime, annato may, hotwire caddis, tung yellow sally, iron sally
streamer: butte rat, dream catcher, butte rat, sparkle minnow, butte rat, sculpzilla