August 29th 2015

All Hoot Owl restrictions on SW Montana rivers have been lifted

Yellowstone River 1490 CFS @ Corwin Springs

After some varying water conditions throughout the month of August, things have really shifted on the Yellowstone. The hopper fishing has really taken off the last few days, with big fish eating them right where they should. Plenty of nocturnal stones around, along with a variety of mayflies and some caddis as well.

Jefferson River 296 CFS @ Twin Bridges

The Jefferson is fishing well despite the low water. Everything from hoppers to crayfish are on the menu. The river is fishing well from top to bottom.

Madison River 1000 CFS @ Cameron 1180 CFS below Ennis Dam

The Lower Madison has been fishing well with both hoppers and crayfish patterns, particularly fished in tandem over the skinny water. I still suggest fishing early here, as the water temps are still getting a little high. The Upper Madison is fishing well with all terrestrials and small attractor dries. The fish are still sitting pretty much anywhere except the banks, so I would not really fish the banks...

Gallatin River 416 CFS @ Gallatin Gateway

Still some Spruce Moths flying around, and hopper fishing has really been productive down river. There are still plenty of caddis around. With all the bugs flying, the dry fly game has been very strong on the Gallatin.

Missouri River 4180 CFS below Holter Dam

Things have been all over the place on the Mo right now. Good reports of hoppers some days, ants and beetles, some days, pretty good nymphing with crayfish and stone fly nymphs, plus some streamer fishing to be had.