Mid June Fly Fishing Report
Water levels are coming down and fly fishing is picking up simultaneously. Warm weather has lead to great bug activity and some even better fishing. While a few of our rivers are still running high, the majority are on the drop and actually fishing well. Here is the full report from our Bozeman fly shop.
Slowly shaping up. Now running at just under 13,000 cfs we only have about 3,000 cfs until it is safely fishable. The color is no longer chocolate but a nice green. Hopefully it will only be a week or two until we can get on the stone to fish.
The Gallatin had been shaping up and was fishing pretty well in the canyon. Just last night the flows started increasing significantly. Expect it to gain some mud. This might last a few days if we continue to get rained on. Stonefly nymphs, worms, and large mayflies will work subsurface, keep an eye out for salmonfies over the next week. They will be crawling in the bushes before we know it.
The lower is slightly off color but fishing pretty darn well. Nymphing with worms, crayfish, caddis pupa, and large mayfly nymphs has been incredibly successful. Caddis hatches have been solid in the evenings and fish have been coming to the surface to eat these adults. Fish the white miller caddis for the best success. Fishing a streamer has also produced fish. Grey Dungeons, and the tan/yellow Gonga have been my personal favorites. Drakes and yellow sallies coming soon!
The Upper had been consistently dropping but is slightly coming up again. The river is green but clarity is pretty darn good. With the flow increasing it may gain more color. Fishing has been the best with stonefly nymphs and worms. Pretty standard for this time of the year. Caddis are hatching in the evenings but fish have yet to key in on adults. Expect salmonflies and golden stones very soon!
The Missouri is flowing at around 6,500 cfs meaning wade fishing is a possibility once again. PMD's are the name of the game. Hatches have been pretty significant and fish have been on them. PMD nymphs are working along with scuds and sowbugs below an indicator. Streamer fishing has been decent at best. The whole river is fishing pretty darn well.
Swing by the shop to stock up before you hit the Bozeman area rivers!