Bozeman Area Fishing Report 20 July 2014
The Yellowstone has really been fishing well lately. Flows are dropping down to a more manageable level, and are down under 8,000 for the first time since runoff began today. One of our shop guys was over there a couple days ago and said it was the best day of dry fly fishing he has ever had on this river.
Lots of yellow sallies, golden stones, caddis and PMDs are on the water right now. Terrestrials like ants and beetles will work well, but it is still a little bit early for hoppers. You’ll see some, but the fish really aren’t keying in on them right now. Streamers have been bringing in some nice fish too. A dry/dropper rig with a purple or golden chubby and a flashy nymph like a lightning bug, yellow sally nymph, or lil spanker would be awesome.
Flies: Snowshoe Sallie, Yellow Sallie, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, Sparkle Dun PMD, Film Critic PMD, Delektable Caddis, Golden Chubby, Purple Chubby, Yellow Stimulator, Sparkle Ant, Killer Beetle, Goddard Caddis, Pandora’s Box, Sex Dungeon,. Copper John, Rubberlegs, Lil Spanker
The Gallatin is fishing very well and is your best local option right now. Combine close to town with easy access and good fishing and you will have to deal with some crowds. Just be willing to walk a little ways from the access and you likely won’t see anybody.
Dry fly fishing has been stellar. Golden stones, caddis and PMDs are the main course. PMDs early, golden stones and caddis as the day wears on. Early and late will be your best option, but you’ll still find fish during the middle of the day as well. A dry/dropper rig with a golden or purple chubby with a lil spanker dropper would work really well. Folks have seen a few Spruce Moths around, but not very many yet.
Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Golden Stone, Golden Chubby, Purple Chubby, PMD, Parachute PMD, Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, Yellow Stimulator, Snowshoe Sally, Rubberlegs, Copper John, Lil Spanker, Wooly Bugger, San Juan Worm, Delektable Caddis, Caddis Pupa
The Upper is continuing to warm up as flows drop, but it is still fishing well in the cool mornings. If you want to fish it, get there early as fishing is slowing down drastically in the afternoons. There are lots of people on the Upper right now, so be ready to fight the crowds.
Caddis are working well in the afternoons, PMDs and yellow sallies are out as well. Ants and beetles are a good choice as well, especially on areas of the river with lots of brushy banks. Nymphing with rubberlegs, lil spankers, copper johns, and lightning bugs is working well.
These fish are seeing a lot of pressure, so expect them to be a little harder to catch this time of year.
Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator, Chubby (purple and gold), Golden Stone, Parachute Adams, Sparkle Ant, Bubbas Fly Ant, Killer Beetle, Neversink Trude, PMD, Parachute PMD, Film Critic PMD, Crack Back PMD, Copper John, Lil Spanker, Rubberlegs, Stone Bomb, Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, Pandora’s Box
Way too hot to be fishable. Leave the fish alone and let the tubers rule the river. The Lower will be fishing again in September when water temps drop.
The Park is fishing really pretty well. Some rivers are getting a little too hot to fish, namely the Firehole and parts of the Madison. Give them a break until water temps drop this fall. Small waters are fishing great, and don’t get as much pressure as the famous rivers. The Northeast corner is starting to do very well, with Slough Creek, Soda Butte, and the Lamar producing some nice fish. Bring your bear spray.