Bozeman Area Fly Fishing Report 8/14
Fly fishing on our Bozeman area rivers has been solid this week. Here is our full fishing report for the rivers in SW Montana.
The lower Madison is on Hoot owl from Warm Springs to the headwaters but fishing in the morning has been good. Today the water temps are down to 66 degrees which is a great temperature to fish this river. Trout are going to be spunky and very willing to eat hoppers. A Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, and Lightning Bug are great choices for droppers. Get out early and fish hard until 2pm below warm springs but above it doesn't hurt to hit the water a little later and make the most out of the hopper bite.
Spruce moths, attractor dries, and about any flashy dropper will get it done. Yellow Stimulators have been my go to single dry fly while the Hi-Vis Micro Chubby has been the best fly to hang a dropper from. Use the same droppers from the upper Madison report above and add Pat's Rubberlegs to find yourself some great success on the Gallatin.
Hoppers to catch trout and whiteys alike. Droppers to catch mostly whitefish. Streamer fishing has been decent in the mornings and the evenings. Thunderthighs, Donkey Kong, and Morrish Hoppers have been our favorites on the surface. Prince nymphs, rubberlegs, and lightning bugs to crush whitefish.