It is a GREAT time to fly fish Southwest Montana!! The rivers are starting to drop, and fishing has been great. Here is the latest fishing report from Freestone Fly Fishing Outfitters.
Madison River (2,450 CFS @ Cameron, 2,620 CFS below Ennis Dam)
I have fished both the Upper and Lower Madison River the last two days, and both are fishing very well. Clarity is perfect on both sections of the river, and the fish are on the bite. Stonefly nymphs and crayfish on the Lower; and stonefly nymphs, sculpins, and caddis nymphs on the Upper. Today was absolutely incredible, we floated Ruby Creek to Varney Bridge, lots of fish (mostly browns), a few big ones (20-21ish), and 7 doubles. Not another boat in sight.
Missouri River (4,820 CFS below Holter Dam)
Fishing on the Mo is still great. The nymph game is still strong, and the dry fly action is picking up. The flows are way down, and the fishing has responded. Look for caddis down low, and still some baetis closer to the Dam. I am headed to the Missouri again on Wednesday, will be back in with a full report.
Gallatin River (3,230 CFS @ Gallatin Gateway)
The Gallatin is on the edge of perfect. Some varying reports are coming in, most of them saying the same thing: "fish are in the soft water, clarity is still a bit off". More than likely, we are looking a 5-7 days and the Gallatin will be ready to go.
Jefferson River (4,960 CFS @ Twin Bridges)
I looked at the Jeff this weekend, and it is very, very close to ready. I think at the outside, 4-5 days, and the Jefferson will be in perfect shape.
Yellowstone River (14,300 CFS @ Corwin Springs)
We will be on the Stone very soon. It is dropping rapidly, and before we know it, this will be in shape. I am thinking 10 days, maybe 2 weeks. Stay tuned, it is just around the corner.