Bozeman Fishing Update – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Bozeman Fishing Update

Summer has officially arrived here in Bozeman, finally.

Salmonflies are just starting to show up on the upper Madison, Brown Drakes are out on the Lower Madison, the Gallatin is coming into shape, and the Yellowstone River is just a week or so away from starting to fish well.

Summer has officially arrived here in Bozeman, finally.

Salmonflies are just starting to show up on the upper Madison, Brown Drakes are out on the Lower Madison, the Gallatin is coming into shape, and the Yellowstone River is just a week or so away from starting to fish well.

The challenges of running our business in 2020 seem to never end, but thankfully we have been able to keep plugging along with great success thanks to all of our customers and a dedicated staff. A quick thank you to everyone seems like it’s always in order

  • The upper Madison is busy with anglers from all over, hoping for some slabs of gold and silver whacking giant dries. The bugs just started showing up around Ennis on Friday in small numbers which are increasing every day. The mid-week forecast is looking ideal for a fill-scale emergence so expect to find fish looking up throughout the river by next weekend.
  • The Yellowstone River is in the 10000 CFS range as of this morning and has a greenish tint to it, making it quite the temptation for many anglers in the area. Expect to lose a pile of nymphs and streamers right now as the water is still well outside the banks and fish will be holding tight to structure – which is often in the willows. Focus on quiet spots below islands and back-eddies. We should see some productive dry fly fishing over there by the end of June.
  • Brown Drakes on the lower Madison have been one of our favorite dry fly events of the year the last 10 years or so. These giant Mayflies can be found on the water during hot, cloudy days through June and early July with some exceptional fishing around the spinner fall near dusk. You can run into them throughout the river right now, but our favorite spots are along the highway between Warm Springs and Black’s Ford.

The quick rundown on all things fishing in the Bozeman area overall is that conditions are looking prime in some places and nearly prime in others. Our guide service is getting busier starting this week, but we have lots of holes in the calendar to fill as a result of a multitude of cancellations. If you are interested in some guided fly fishing around Bozeman, I think that you can expect to see some really good conditions in terms of water quality from now through mid-July. There is a fair amount of traffic on the rivers right now but expect that to start to thin out once the Yellowstone gets into prime shape sometime later this week. Book your trip online, call us at 406-586-2188, or email us for availability as well.

  • Our new website is up and running, thanks for all of the support and positive feedback! We are looking for glitches, broken links, and general e-wonkiness all of the time. Feel free to email us with any weird things you come across (a screenshot is super helpful). Shopping online is much easier than before – in our opinion – please let us know if you run into any hiccups through the process. Be sure to take advantage of reduced shipping rates, free shipping for orders over $50, and curbside pickup when checking out. Our fly selection is massive, and we are working on making navigating these categories easier, day by day. Consider ordering a river selection for your next outing and we will custom build you a selection ranging from 6 – 48 flies for your next outing.

Thanks for all of your support over the last few months! We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be a part of your life aquatic more so than ever before. Fins & Feathers still has a few tricks up our sleeves for the 2020 season so stay tuned for some pretty exciting announcements regarding classes, gear rentals, and our guided fly fishing trips in Bozeman.