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Hot and smoky around Bozeman today but the fly fishing has still been keeping us cool and occupied. Continue reading for the full fly fishing report on the Bozeman area rivers. Gallatin RiverThe Gallatin is one of the cooler and better fishing rivers in the area. It is also pretty darn consistent day to day. Fishing a dry dropper has been our go-to method. Purple attractor dries have been getting hammered early morning and close to dark in the evenings....

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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,...

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Hopper season is upon us. The sun is causing our meadows and valleys to dry out and push these large terrestrials towards the banks of some of our favorite water, presenting a fun and exciting finale of fishing large dries to eager trout. When fishing hoppers, color and size are your keys to success. Make sure to have a variety of patterns to fish throughout the day as these trout seem to prefer one pattern over the other on...

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The Yellowstone River has a great reputation as being one of the best rivers to float in the world. Sometimes it feels like almost everything a person reads about fishing the Yellowstone River involves a boat or a guided float trip. Many of us love the Yellowstone but think we have to rely on a good friend who doesn’t mind rowing for the majority of the day. For most sections of the river, that can be true. One exception...

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The beautiful Smith River is in jeopardy of becoming a mining experiment. A few of our staff and guides were able to float the Smith River this season. Many of them were Smith River virgins and upon return, to no surprise, were blown away by the beauty of the journey. Stating, "it was so much more stunning than I ever could have expected". After hearing about their trip I thought deeply about my experiences on the Smith and how much...

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What's happening on Rivers around Bozeman? Find out here! Things are HOT around Bozeman, in the fishing sense at least. Overall, the weather has been quite variable with t-storms frequenting SW Montana and temperatures lower than average for this time of the year. Back to fishing. Bugs everywhere. Trout eating on the surface. Clear water. Get out there.Lower MadisonBikini hatch is just as hot or hotter than the fishing. Nymphing = very good. Dry fly fishing = very good...

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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. Yellowstone River Slowly shaping up. Now running at just under 13,000 cfs we only have about 3,000 cfs until it is safely fishable....

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The Bozeman area salmonfly watch is on We have heard word that salmon flies have been spotted on the Big Hole River as of late last week. Meaning one thing of ever importance to Bozeman area anglers, the big bugs are only a couple weeks away from popping on the Gallatin and Madison. Keep your eyes and ears peeled if you are interested in fly fishing this epic hatch as they can...

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