Bozeman Area Fishing Report 7 July 2014
From the reports we have been hearing, the Yellowstone is starting to fish pretty well. Clarity is improving almost daily, and flows are slowly coming down. Please be aware that although it is starting to fish, you better be very careful on the river right now. If you are floating, make sure someone on the oars knows what they’re doing. I would not recommend wading it at these flows.
There have been scattered reports of salmonflies, but here at the shop we have to hear of consistent action. Bring a few big bugs with you just in case. Big, dark streamers and large nymph rigs have been working well. Fish are eating dries here and there as well.
Flies: Rubberlegs, Jimmy Legs, Stone Bomb, Mega Prince, Hurless, Copper John, San Juan Worm, Soft Hackle, Prince, Hare’s Ear, Beast Master, Sex Dungeon, Game Changer, Purple Chubby, Red Chubby, Rolling Stone Salmonfly, Bank Robber Salmonfly, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, Film Critic PMD
There is still a lot of water in the Gallatin right now. Clarity is good, and the fishing has been good. But flows are still high. Please be very careful when wading.. The canyon stretch is a challenging wade in the best of conditions, and the high water doesn’t make things any easier.
The Salmonflies were at Big Sky as of yesterday and fish were eating them on top and below. A double nymph rig with rubberlegs is the ticket while you are waiting for fish to start eating off the surface. Flashy nymphs like lightning bugs, copper johns, and flashy san juan worms make a good trailer.
Other action on the river includes PMDs, Caddis, and terrestrials. It’s still way early for hoppers, but ants and beetles are working well. Look for some golden stones and Yellow Sallies around as well.
As the flows continue to drop it should just get better and better
Flies: Bank Robber Salmonfly, Rouge River Salmonfly, Rolling Stone Salmonfly, Rubberlegs, Stone Bomb, Red Copper John, Lightning Bug, Blue Lil Spanker, Soft Hackle, IED, San Juan Worm, Twisted Wire
The Upper continues to fish well. The salmonflies are pretty high up on the river, I even heard one report of a guy catching fish on salmonflies at Three Dollar. The same routine of rubberlegs and big dries will work well for you. The fish on the lower stretches of the river are pretty full of bugs.
If you don’t want to play bumper boats or dodge other wade anglers high on the river, the stretches by Ennis are a little more quiet. Valley Garden or Varney to town offer some good fishing. You’ll still see people, but it won’t be just crazy busy.
Lots of fish are getting taken on the surface on caddis, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, and Golden Stones. Also have some ants and beetles in your box. Sometimes those will work better than anything else. Streamers have been doing alright over here, it just depends on the day.
Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, PMD, Parachute PMD, Film Critic PMD, Parachute Adams, Yellow Humpy, Power Ant, Monster Beetle, Rolling Stone Salmonfly, Rouge River Salmonfly, Rubberlegs, Stone Bomb, Jimmy Legs, Game Changer, Sex Dungeon, Zonker, Wooly Bugger
The Lower is beginning to reach a point where it would be best to just leave it alone for the summer. Afternoon water temps hit 70 for the first time yesterday, with nighttime temps not falling much below that. Fishing with temps like this really raises the mortality rate for fish.
If you hit the water at dawn and fished until 11 or so in the morning, you can fish at the coolest weather and beat the bulk of the tubers. It won’t be very long before we won’t be recommending fishing this river at all….
Nothing much has changed on the Mo since our last report. Fishing is still good. Find feeding fish, figure out what they’re eating, and have at it.
The Firehole sounds like it is pretty much done for the summer. It’s just too warm. The Gibbon and Madison have been alright… Best early and late. The Northeast corner has been really pretty good: the Lamar, Slough Creek, Soda Butte and the Yellowstone have all been fishing well. Give us a shout if you need more specific info.