August update

While the spruce moth bloom this year was marginal, BWO's, pmd's and terrestrial's rule the hatch's.  Don't forget pmd pseudo's,bwo's, caddis and stonefly nymphs when choosing flies. Average flow and cooler evening temps have kept the fishing solid.  Looking ahead, milder overnight temps and warmer day's should bring on more terrestrials, yellow and tan hopper's, cinnamon and black ant's.

Nymph's to use:

#16-18 Soft hackle Lightning bugs 

#18 Flashback Baetis

#18 JuJu Baetis

#16 AKA Prince

#16-18 Bubbleback emerger

#16-18 Orvis Soft Hackle Lightning bugs

#18-22 Pseudo Wondernymph, cream

#12 black or brown Knotty Girl's

Dries to use:

#16 Royal and olive Stimi's 

#14-18 Parachute Adam's 

#18 Tan and Olive Elk hair caddis

#14-18 cdc flying ant and Sparkle ant

#12 tan donkey kong hopper

#12 Peach Yeti Hopper

#16-18 BWO Comparadun's and parachute BWO's

#14-18 Rusty Spinner's

Call or stop by the shop in the Big Sky Town Center location for up to date condition's and changes or book a guided trip on the Gallatin, Madison or Yellowstone river's with one or more of our experienced and friendly guide's today!................406-995-4369.

August Spruce Moth

So it goes, while most of our major hatches seem to have dwindled, enter the Spruce Moth. Look for canyon stretches that have plenty of dead or dying spruce trees.  These spots produce the most bud worms and hence, the most moth's.  These little guys fall out of the trees and land on the water randomly.  Mid to late morning flight can make for good dry fly fishing throughout the day.

Nymphing with smaller rubberleg's and lightning bugs should produce solid fishing in the fast water.  

 

Nymph's:

#8-12 Knotty Girl's....Black and Brown

#16-18 Soft Hackle PT's and orvis Lightning Bug's

#18 Flashback PT"s and FB Baetis

 Dries:

#10-14 Grey and Tan Elk Hair Caddis

#12-14 Spruce Moth

#14-18 Royal Stimi

Don't forget Streamer fishing on the Gallatin can be VERY rewarding.

olive Bow River bugger's and Olive woolly bugger's....

Stop by our Town Center location 8-7 daily or give us a call 406-995-4369 for up  changes or to reserve a guided trip!

Mid Summer Report

Afternoon showers and cooler day time temps have really kept the Gallatin fishing well. Smaller classic's and BWO nymphs have had the best result's.  Stick to the shallow fast water during the mid morning and throughout the day.  Streamer fishing has picked up considerably in the canyon in the deeper, heavier run's while the evening bite has been less productive than we are used to this time of year.  The tributaries offer the best dry fly fishing, so grab a 2 or 3 weight and hit up the small streams for some fun and challenging fly fishing.  

Nymphs:  #16-18 Flashback Baetis

                   #16-18 Pink Baetis

                   #12 Black knotty girl's

                   #18 JUJU Baetis

                   #16-18 Soft hackle PT's and lightning bugs

Streamer's:  Olive Bow River Bugger's........Olive Woolly bugger's.........Olive Bunny Sculpin''s

Dries:        #12-16 Rusty and Gray Klinkhammer's

                   #14-20 Parachute Adam's 

                   #16-20 Blue winged olive's

 

Happy 4th of JULY!!

PMD's and Caddis continue to rule the hatch cycle's while the stone fly hatch's go to the way side.  Gallatin flow has dropped to mid summer level where shallow fast water has become the best water to fish.  Avoid the deeper run's and hole's that are better cold weather holding water.  PMD and Caddis dries in the morning and evening and nymphs through the afternoon. Here's what we are catching fish on:

Nymph's:

#12-16 Soft hackle pheasant tail's and orvis lighning bug's

#12-16 BH Prince'S and trina's PMD's

#16-18 Reg Tag BH yellow sally 

#14-16 BH Yellow Sally

Dries:

#12-16 Gray Klinkhammer

#14-16 Blond Wulff and  parachute PMD's

#12-16 Parachute Adam's

#14-18 Royal Stimi's 

#14-18 Olive and Tan Elk hair Caddis

 

Summer Hatches in Full Swing

The Gallatin canyon continues to fish well with golden stone dries and stimi's. Full blown caddis up and down the river with a mixed bag of pmd's in the late morning and some salmon flies later in the day. Watch for drake's and yellow sallies as well, lot's and lot's of sallies. That being said, the day's of running the banks are going to be limited.  Expect to find fish in all water types, shallow fast to deeper, heavier runs.

What to fish with:

NYMPHS

#14-18 soft hackle pheasant tails.

Trout Crack...(bead head soft hackle peacock)#14

#14-18 Orvis lightning bug

#14-18 BH yellow sally's and Trina's PMD's

#12-16 BH Prince

#14-18 Tan and olive Sparkle Pupa

#16-18 olive shop vac

DRIES

#10-12 Rogue Golden Stone

#12-16 Royal Stimi's AND......YELLOW STIMI's

#14-16 Tan X-Caddis and elk hair caddis

 

 

 

 

 

Salmon Flies and Golden Stones!

Some of the best fishing of the season is upon us.  Salmon flies, golden stones and yellow sally's dominate the current hatch's throughout the Gallatin Canyon. Look for late afternoon caddis and late morning pmd's as well.  As flows continue to drop expect fewer concentrations of fish along the banks as they move into more traditional holding water.

Dries to fish with.

#6-10 Rogue Salmon and True Salmon

#8-10 Rogue Golden and True Golden stone's

#8-14 yellow and orange stimi's

#8-12 Golden and tan chubby's

 

Dropper's to hang

#8-12 knotty girls orange, brown and black and tan

#12-14 trout crack and soft hackle PT's

Call the shop for current up to date changes or book a trip with one of our friendly and experienced guide's!   (406)-995-4369

June 10: Time to fly fish!!

OK!!  Here we go folks, we've had some really good fishing on the Upper Madison and on the Gallatin through the high water season, not to mention the Lower Madison.  While the snow pack melts away, we're going to see the river's drop fairly quickly making for excellent conditions all around. 

Gallatin River

Look for concentrated fish along the banks.  The pocket water along the edges will be loaded with with fish!  

#8-12 rubber leg stone's in dark brown, black and orange

#12-16 classics....pheasant tail's, lightning bugs, trout crack, aka prince, grizzly bugger's and san juan's

#8-12 Golden stone nymphs and salmon fly nymphs as well as a host of smaller stone fly nymphs, copper johns, yellow sally's and prince nymphs.

#8-10 black wooly bugger's

Call or stop by the shop for the best up to date conditions or book a trip with one of our many seasoned and friendly guides!  406-995-4369. 

The Gallatin is muddy but the Madison is fishing great!

Typical spring fishing around these parts. As the Gallatin continues to flush we head to the upper Madison for solid fishing in the Hebgen Lake tributaries, between the lakes and on down. Rubber legs, classic pheasant tails, soft hackles and lightning bugs still rule the bug selection. Carry some orange eggs and wine or pink colored San Juans and a host of golden stone and salmon fly nymphs as well.  Don't forget streamer fishing this time of year. This is some of the better action of the season on the Upper Madison so book a trip with one of our experienced and friendly guides today!

East Slope Outdoors :: Ski Rentals & Fly Fishing

Ok! With the annual state wide opener upon us, look foward to excellent fishing conditions on the upper Madison. The Gallatin River will be blown out off and on for the next few weeks so call the shop for up to date reports. We've had some fantastic conditions in the afternoon during Mother's Day Caddis mixed with unfishable days as well.  Look to the upper Madison and Hebgen Lake tributaries for the next couple weeks for the best fishing.  

Best spring patterns for nymphing:

#6-12  Knotty Girls's

#8-12 Beaded and non beaded Golden stones and Salmon Flies.

#12-16 AKA Prince

#12-16 Soft Hackle PT's

Trout Crack

Orange Egg's between the lakes and in the tributaries.

Caddis are out in full force now. Carry some darker bodied #12-14 elk hair's just in case!.......call the shop for current conditions or to book a trip with one of our experienced guides......406-995-4369.  

Fishing Report — East Slope Outdoors :

Heading into Fall, we've already seen some nice BWO hatches on the Gallatin.  Try size 16-20 Blue Winged Olive parachute's and comparadun's.  #16 Grey Klinkhammer's and Royal Stimi's are great pattern's through the hatch as well.  Look for BWO's to come off in the mid to late afternoon in the canyon.  With cold/wet weather moving in this weekend, the river conditions could change quickly.  Stop by our NEW Big Sky Town Center location for great sale items and up to date changes and information.......(406)-995-4396.

Streamer's and Nymphs

Size 14-16 Olive and Grey Lebug's

#16-18 Orvis Lightningbug's

#18 JUJU Beatis and Flashback's

#16-18 Pink Beatis and Flaming Beatis

Streamer fishing on the Gallatin can be challenging but very rewarding.  Try Copper Zonker's, olive sculpin pattern's like Montana Mouthwash and Montana Gum Disease.  Also try Iced-Out Sculpin's and Shultzy's Sculpin.

 

 

August 22

The Gallatin River is fishing well with size 12-14 Spruce Moth pattern's in the morning through the afternoon in the Canyon.  This is some of the best dry fly fishing we have this time of year.  No telling how long this bloom will last but it has certainly been one of the biggest bloom's in recent memory.  We're also seeing lot's of 12-16 size yellow and tan hopper's and too many ant's to mention.  Try fishing royal body stimi's and trude's size 14-18 in the evening and 16-18 rusty spinner's.  Size 16-18 elk hair caddis(tan) and 14-16 Klinkhammer's both rusty and grey.  Streamer fishing should pick up on Gallatin in the coming week's. Try size 6-8 olive sculpin's and copper zonker's  in the deeper, heavier run's in the afternoon's and slower deeper flat's and tail-out's in the morning.

Nymphing with size 14-18 softhackle lightning bug's and pheasant tail's, size 8 Knotty girl's, size 10 coffee rubber leg's and and a good mixed bag of size 18 beatis pattern's will produce solid fishing throughout the day. . 

 

Expect colder temp's and lot's of rain this weekend. Call 995-4369 for up to date changes and current info or stop by our Town Center location at 32B TownCenter Rd for great deal's and sale's.

GoogleAugust hopper's and spruce moth's

The Gallatin River is fishing well with size 12-14 Spruce Moth pattern's in the morning through the afternoon in the Canyon.  This is some of the best dry fly fishing we have this time of year.  No telling how long this bloom will last but it has certainly been one of the biggest bloom's in recent memory.  We're also seeing lot's of 12-16 size yellow and tan hopper's and too many ant's to mention.  Try fishing royal body stimi's and trude's size 14-18 in the evening and 16-18 rusty spinner's.  Size 16-18 elk hair caddis(tan) and 14-16 Klinkhammer's both rusty and grey.  Streamer fishing should pick up on Gallatin in the coming week's. Try size 6-8 olive sculpin's and copper zonker's  in the deeper, heavier run's in the afternoon's and slower deeper flat's and tail-out's in the morning.

Nymphing with size 14-18 softhackle lightning bug's and pheasant tail's, size 8 Knotty girl's and and a good mixed bag of size 18 beatis pattern's will produce solid fishing throughout the day.  

 

 

Fishing Report — East Slope Outdoors :: Fly Fishing

Spruce Moth's have made there first bloom in the Gallatin Canyon and should make for some fun dry fly fishing in the coming day's.  Look for morning flights..(when the sun hit's the trees!) in the canyon and up through the tributaries in the Big Sky meadow village.  Size 12-14 Moth pattern's.

We are starting to mix in some size 18 baetis pattern's as well.  Try nymphing in the heavier run's with smaller classic's such as lightning bug's and flashback's.

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SUMMER HATCHES

Summer is in full swing with a variety of hatches occurring throughout the Gallatin River and tributaries.  We're fishing with lots of caddis patterns both nymphs and dries.  Here's a few....

Dries:

Size 12-16 Elk hairs and X-caddis both tan and olive...

Size 8-12 Grey Drakes 

Size 14-18 Yellow and Royal Stimis

Try Rogue Goldens in the afternoon's with long droppers(2.5 ft on 4x) in more broken riffle water away from the banks in the bigger runs.. 

Attractor patterns like golden and tan chubbys are a good bet too....size 10-12

Size 14-18 Grey and Rusty Klinkhammers and Parachute Adams

Nymphs

Size 12-16 Bead Head Nymphs

Prince/Trout crack/Soft hackle lightning bugs/Orvis lightning bugs/Unwired Amber/ Olive Le Bug/Soft Hackle Pheasant Tails/Ted's diving Caddis/Cream Serendipitys/ Yellow Sallies/AKA Prince

Warm and dry condition's have also produced some early terrestrials like size 14-16 black ants and 14-16 Yellow and Tan Hoppers.  

Call or stop in the new shop in the Big Sky Town Center seven days a week  8am-7pm for up to date changes and current conditions......

 

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On July 20, 2014

EAST SLOPE OUTDOORS

The Gallatin River has really shaped up through the high water season.  We're fishing a variety of golden stones and salmon flies on top.

Try size 6-10 Rogue/True salmon flies

Size 8-12 Rogue/True golden stones

Size 10-14 Yellow stimulators

Size 12-16 elk hair caddis

Nymphs to use:

Size 12-16 Orvis lightning bugs and soft hackle pheasant tails

Size 14 red copper johns

Super Dave's trout crack....(only available here!)

Size 14-16 Yellow sallies 

Size 6-8 Knotty girl's and assorted rubberlegs

size 12-14 bead and non bead prince's

Call or stop by the shop in the Big Sky town center 8-7 every day for up to date info and changes

406-995-4369

 

Summer Hatches

Summer is in full swing with a variety of hatches occurring throughout the Gallatin River and tributaries.  We're fishing with lots of caddis patterns both nymphs and dries.  Here's a few....

Dries:

Size 12-16 Elk hairs and X-caddis both tan and olive...

Size 8-12 Grey Drakes 

Size 14-18 Yellow and Royal Stimis

Try Rogue Goldens in the afternoon's with long droppers(2.5 ft on 4x) in more broken riffle water away from the banks in the bigger runs.. 

Attractor patterns like golden and tan chubbys are a good bet too....size 10-12

Size 14-18 Grey and Rusty Klinkhammers and Parachute Adams

Nymphs

Size 12-16 Bead Head Nymphs

Prince/Trout crack/Soft hackle lightning bugs/Orvis lightning bugs/Unwired Amber/ Olive Le Bug/Soft Hackle Pheasant Tails/Ted's diving Caddis/Cream Serendipitys/ Yellow Sallies/AKA Prince

Warm and dry condition's have also produced some early terrestrials like size 14-16 black ants and 14-16 Yellow and Tan Hoppers.  

Call or stop in the new shop in the Big Sky Town Center seven days a week  8am-7pm for up to date changes and current conditions......

 

East Slope Outdoors

The Gallatin River has really shaped up through the high water season.  We're fishing a variety of golden stones and salmon flies on top.

Try size 6-10 Rogue/True salmon flies

Size 8-12 Rogue/True golden stones

Size 10-14 Yellow stimulators

Size 12-16 elk hair caddis

Nymphs to use:

Size 12-16 Orvis lightning bugs and soft hackle pheasant tails

Size 14 red copper johns

Super Dave's trout crack....(only available here!)

Size 14-16 Yellow sallies 

Size 6-8 Knotty girl's and assorted rubberlegs

size 12-14 bead and non bead prince's

Call or stop by the shop in the Big Sky town center 8-7 every day for up to date info and changes

406-995-4369

June 18

Gallatin River

The Gallatin has shaped up nicely through the high water season.  We're catching fish on a variety of patterns along the bank's and in the bigger, deeper  hole's in the canyon and through the upper stretches to the park boundary.    

What to fish with:  Size 8 - 12   rubber leg golden stones and salmon fly nymphs                                                          Size 8 Knotty Girls

                              Size 12 - 16 soft hackle pheasant tail's and trout crack 

                              Don't forget a variety of san juan worm's, pink, red and wine colored.  

                              Size 10 Black Woolly Bugger's and Grizzly Bugger's are usually a sure bet to                               move some bigger fish in the river as well as the Yuk Bug when the river is a                                 little dirtier than usual.

Look for the Gallatin to green up during the afternoons and into the evening for some fun "bank jigging"......

Upper Madison

 Reynolds Pass down through MacAtee Bridge has seen some truly great streamer fishing mixed with solid nymphing along the banks.  Fish with Black Woolly Bugger's and a variety of stone fly nymphs and rubber legs size 4 - 10.   Size 6 Copper Zonker's and size 4 Miracle Mile Sculpin are a sure bet to move some bigger trout.  

                                                     

Call or stop in 7 days for up to date changes and info...............406-995-4369

Winter Fishing is Hot

This high pressure might not be ideal for all skiers, but the fish in the Gallatin are loving it. They're staged up in classic winter holding patterns and actively feeding on eggs, stone flies, and midges.

The structure that's fishing well is blatantly obvious in these low flows, and that also means it's time to chuck that nicked-up nylon leader that you tied on last June and pick up a fresh fluorocarbon rig. Our new shop in the Town Center is fully stocked with all the gear, tackle and know-how you need to get out there and slay 'em!

Henry the dog and East Slope guide Spencer Crider striking a pose with a beautiful Rainbow from 1/14/2014.

Henry the dog and East Slope guide Spencer Crider striking a pose with a beautiful Rainbow from 1/14/2014.

Bye-Bye Summer, Hello Size 18 BWO!

The fall blue wing olive hatch is in full swing! With the lower overnight temperatures and shorter days, the bugs are coming off, the trout are super active, and fishing is hot. Fishing will be best from noon til 5. On the surface toss a size 18/20 Compara-Dun, Sparkle Dun, or Bunny Dun. For a nymph dropper, tie on a size 16-22 Flashback Baetis or size 16-18 soft hackles. For an added challenge or the opportunity for bigger fish, try streamer fishing with a size 6 to 10 olive or black Bow River, olive wool-head sculpin's and zonker's, copper and natural.