Bozeman Fly Fishing is Trending Up! – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Bozeman Fly Fishing is Trending Up!

Weather is on the way to Southwest Montana and I think everyone around here is ready for some cooler days and moisture in the air. Although we have had a hot and dry summer, the fishing has amazingly held in there to be “just good enough.” There have been some great days on our guided trip saround Bozeman too, but the tough days seem to wear an angler out twice as fast. So, hopefully they forecast is correct and we can look forward to some nights in the 30’s and daytime highs in the 60’s and 70’s over the next week.

The weather really has more to do with the fishing than anything else and it’s almost impossible to accurately predict how the fish will behave when changes arrive. One thing we know for sure is that water temperatures are about to drop. This will increase dissolved Oxygen in the water and help get the fish active for longer periods of the day. Cooler water temperatures will also slow down algae growth and get the aquatic insects like Blue Winged Olives, Hecuba’s, and Western Red Quills more active as well. We may even get some good streamer fishing conditions as well.

The Yellowstone River partial re-opening is good news for all of us and other local rivers too as we have already seen the crowds start to disperse. FWP has done a great job of staying on top of the situation on the Yellowstone and it great to know that they are actively managing our amazing resources. We expect to seem some other waters reopen and the hoot owl restrictions to start easing off in the coming weeks as fall makes its way to the rivers around Southwest Montana.

Our Bozeman fly shop is still cranking away as the Gallatin and the Lower Madison fish better and better everyday. It’s a great time to get out in the water now as many folks head to the hills or are getting back into the swing of life as their kids head back to school. We hope to see you all soon and that fishing some great fishing and alone time gets easier and easier with every passing day.