Bozeman, Montana Area Fishing Report 6 September 2014
After the mud from last week moved on through, the Yellowstone has been fishing really well. Terrestrials are still bringing fish to the surface, as are the occasional caddis. We’re in that zone between seasons, so hatches aren’t the greatest right now. Hoppers are still working, and dropping a small nymph off the back is a great idea. Throw Chubbys too. The streamer bite is starting to really pick up, so don’t be afraid to throw the big stuff. Cloudy days, mornings, and evenings are best time for streamers.
Flies: Golden Chubby, Purple Chubby, Royal Wulff, Neversink Trude, Power Ant, Flying Ant, Glitter Ant, Bead Head Ant, Wooly Bugger, Bozeman Bugger, Game Changer, Sex Dungeon, Double Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, More or Less Hopper, Moorish Hopper, Hare’s Ear, Shop Vac, Prince Nymph, Lil Spanker.
Barring some mud from the rain last week, the Gallatin has continued to be consistently good. Attractor flies and terrestrials are the name of the game right now, although you can still find some small caddis and Mahogany mayflies around. A Stimulator and a Royal Wulff are just about all you need if you want to fish dries. Nymphing with your bread and butter stuff such as Copper Johns, Hare’s Ears and Princes will work as well. The hopper bite has been slow this year, and if you do fish hoppers you better be down in the valley.
Flies: Royal Wulff, Stimulator, Humpy, Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, Purple Para Wulff, Chubby, Glitter Ant, Red Ant, Flying Ant, Parachute Ant, Power Beetle, Monster Beetle, Elk Hair Caddis, Prince Nymph, Hare’s Ear, Lightning Bug
The Upper has continued to fish well. It was warming up, but with this cooler weather we’ve been having the water temps have stabilized and are in great shape. Same deal as just about everywhere else… Scattered hatches and lots of attractors and terrestrials. Steamers are working pretty well, and will only continue to produce large fish. The lake run fish will start moving into the river this month, and we are getting into the best season of the year for big fish.
Flies: Flying Ant, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, Stimulator, Monster Beetle, Royal Wulff, Purple Haze, Purple Para Wulff, Glitter Ant, More or Less Hopper, Moorish Hopper, Dave’s Hopper, Sex Dungeon, Pandora’s Box, Game Changer, Gonga, Double Gonga, Sparkle Minnow, Bow River Bugger
The Lower Madison is fishing again! Water temps have dropped down to a point where it’s safe to fish and the trout are eating again. Dead drifted Zonkers and Bow River Buggers are a great idea, as are the standard crawdad with a lightning bug behind it. There are some tricos out, a few caddis, and there are a few scattered BWOs beginning to show up. Streamer fishing is beginning to pick up, and will get better as the fall wears on. It’s going to be a great fall out here!
Flies: Sparkle Minnow, Copper Zonker, Wooly Bugger, Bow River Bugger, Sex Dungeon, Pandora’s Box, Double Gonga, Home Invader, Copper John, BWO, Parachute Adams, Tilt Wing BWO, Film Critic BWO, Trico Spinner, Snowshoe Trico
The Missouri is in that stage between two really good seasons, but there is still fishing to be found. If you are chasing heads, looks for fish to be eating ants, beetles, hoppers, tricos, and caddis. Streamers are working early and late, if you don’t mind clearing weeds off your fly every few casts. Nymphing is a productive way to fish, but the weeds do pose a problem. As fall progresses, things will be very good.