Fishing Report 3 July 2014
The ‘Stone is starting to clear up a bit, but it is still pretty darn high. Clarity is 6-12 inches, and flows have been steady around 11,000 for a few days. Wading could be dangerous with these flows so be very careful if you decide to fish it.
Once flows drop down a little bit more it will be fishing great. Keep an eye on it in the next few days.
Flies: Rubberlegs, Copper John, Mega Prince, Jimmy Legs, Hare’s Ear, Prince, any big nymph or dark streamer
The Gallatin should be fishing really well these days. The warmer weather will push a little bit of muddy water downstream, but flows have been dropping consistently for a few days. We have heard scattered reports of salmonflies up in the canyon, so any big rubberlegs or stonefly nymph fly dead drifted under an indicator should work well. Keep an eye out for the adults flying around as well.
Other dry fly action has been sporadic, but should be getting better every day. Caddis, PMDs, and golden stones are the main menu items. Ants and beetles should work in areas with grassy banks. The Spruce Moth hatch shouldn’t be too far out… Something to look forward to anyway.
Flies: Rubberlegs, Mega Prince, Rock N Roller Stone, Hurless, Orange and Yellow Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis, Delektable Caddis, Prince, Copper John, Lil Spanker, IED, San Juan Worm, Wooly Bugger, Bow River Bugger, Home Invader
The Upper continues to fish well despite mounting angler pressure. The big bugs are out on the water, but our guides yesterday reported the fish weren’t too interested in them. Bring some salmonflies along just in case, both nymphs and dries.
Caddis and PMDs will keep you busy for dry flies, and don’t be afraid to throw beetles and ants as well. Ants do particularly well over here in the summer. Flows have been pretty stable and clarity is good!
There have been a lot of boats on the water, so if you’re wading be ready to deal with the steady stream of boat traffic. If you’re floating, better be on the water early!
Flies: Rubberlegs, Jimmy Legs, Rock N Roller Stone, Mega Prince, Rolling Golden Stone, Fluttering Salmonfly, Rouge River Salmonfly, Elk Hair Caddis, Delektable Caddis, Glitter Ant, Para Ant, Super Beetle, Monster Beetle, Royal Wulff, Copper John, Hare’s Ear, Lil Spanker
We’re getting to that season where the tubers are out in force on the Lower. Be ready to deal with lots of people between Warm Springs and Black’s Ford. It’s not so bad on the weekdays, but weekends are pretty crazy.
Fish are still eating PMDs and caddis with gusto off the surface. Bring some ants and beetles as well; we are getting into terrestrial season. Your usual crayfish with a shiny bead head nymph behind it will work great too. The streamer bite is on, throw stuff like Bow River Buggers, Home Invaders, Sex Dungeons, Game Changers, Dirty Hippies, etc.
Flows dropped down significantly today after a bump last week. Wade fishermen should be in great shape. If you want to beat the crowds, walk up Bear Trap. If you are willing to put in a mile or two, you should be able to get away from most people. Keep an eye out for poison ivy and rattlesnakes.
Flies: Snapping Cray, Clouser Cray, Wooly Bugger, Sex Dungeon, Home Invader, Lady Gaga, Bow River Bugger, Lightning Bug, Lil Spanker, Soft Hackle, Copper John, Rubberlegs, Hurless, Mega Prince, Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis, Delektable Caddis, Grand Poobah, PMD, Parachute PMD, Film Critic PMD
The Mo has seen some really big bumps in flows over the past week, and this has put a bit of a damper on dry fly fishing. You can still find fish feeding off the surface, but you’ll do much better with a nymph rig or chucking streamers. There are still a lot of fish being caught though. Since Canyon Ferry is damn near full, expect higher flows for a while.
The salmonflies are pretty much done on the Big Hole right now. There are still lots of bugs on the water… Drakes, PMDs, caddis, golden stones, flavs, take your pick. You better be ready for just about anything at this point. It’s definitely a good option.