Bozeman Area Fly Fishing Report 8/14 – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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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.

Lower Madison

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.

Upper Madison

The upper overall is pretty good but can be a bit hit or miss. Some days are great with hoppers while others can be a bit slow. Streamer fishing is always worth a shot but at this point is even more inconsistent than the hopper bite. The Euro style jig nymphs have still been picking up piles of fish. Fishing has seemed to be the best after noon.

Gallatin River

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.

Yellowstone River

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.

Missouri River

The mighty MO has gotten a bit tougher. Fish are finicky, the water is warm, the bugs are small and so are the flies. Nymphing results in catching a pile of weeds. An angler may get to pull a few trout out with a PMD nymph or drowned trico. Trico patterns are best if fished in sizes #18 or smaller. Make that first cast count or you will likely put the risers down. If you are more interested in throwing hoppers hit the lower river. If you are more interested in carp, hit the upper.
Swing by our Bozeman fly shop prior to hitting your favorite Montana river to pick up last minute goods!