Bozeman Area Fly Fishing Report 24 July 2014
A big mud plug moved through over the past few days and really dirtied things up. Yesterday it was really clearing up, and was starting to fish well again. Chubbies, yellow sallies, caddis and PMDs are working great. It is still a little bit early for hoppers, but fish are starting to eat them in grassy stretches.
The streamer bite is on out here. Lots and lots of big fish are being taken right now. Since the water isn’t super clear and flows are still high, the fish are holding on the bank. Think dark colors.
Flies: Gold Chubby, Purple Chubby, Yellow Sallie, Moorish Hopper, Spent Hopper, Snowshoe Sally, Elk Hair Caddis, Lil Spanker, Prince, King Prince, Copper John, Parachute Adams, Film Critic PMD, Purple Haze, PMD Sparkle Dun, Tilt Wing PMD, Beast Master, Sex Dungeon, Pandora’s Box, Lady Gaga, Zonker, Dream Catcher
The Gallatin is doing really well right now. Spruce moths are out, providing good dry fly fishing in the early morning hours. There are still lots of caddis, PMDs, and some golden stones around as well. Lots of dry fly action right now. Nymphs such as soft hackles, copper johns, caddis pupa, lil spankers and rubberlegs will do well.
The Canyon section is the best for dry fly action, but the lower river is doing really well also. The river through the valley is getting a little warm in the afternoons, but it isn’t too hot. Yet.
Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Sprucie, Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, PMD, Parachute PMD, PMD Sparkle Dun, Caddis Pupa, Lil Spanker, Copper John, Green Soft Hackle, King Prince, Purple Chubby, Monster Beetle, Glitter Ant, Flying Ant
The Upper is still fishing pretty well, even if it is heating up a lot in the afternoons. Water temps are creeping upwards, but it’s still cool enough to be fishing. So far. Keep an eye on it as the summer progresses. Chubbies are working well in the mornings, PMDs, Caddis and Golden Stones are out throughout the day. Lots of good dry fly action. Nymphing is still producing lots of good fish as well.
Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Purple Chubby, Golden Chubby, Parachute Adams, Parachute PMD, PMD, Tilt Wing PMD, Delektable Caddis, Caddis Pupa, Grand Poobah, Lil Spanker, Prince, King Prince, Wooly Bugger, Lady Gaga, Pandora’s Box
Too hot. Leave it be till fall. If you have to be on it, drink some good beer on your tube and think of us poor souls trapped in the shop on beautiful summer days.
The Mo has been fishing really well since they dropped the flows down to a more manageable level. Tricos, PMDs and caddis are the main diet. Look for the pods of rising fish and have at it. Nymphing with Czech nymphs, rubberlegs, PMD nymphs, and Ray Charles has been working well too. The river around Craig has been really busy lately, but there is still lots of water to fish!