Wow what a difference one month can make or for the sake of argument two weeks. The two weeks that I am making reference to would be the last 14 days. In the last 14 days we managed to lose most of our snow pack in the areas that we fish on the Gallatin and Madison River’s. River access now is much easier than it was only two weeks ago. The Gallatin River has been showing signs of early runoff with slightly higher stream-flow. Along with the early runoff the Gallatin has been experiencing off-color/sometimes a little muddy water clarity. Some people will automatically write this off as un fish-able conditions. But for the ones that know this can often times make things easier. Trout are very predictable, especially in off-color or even muddy water conditions. They tend to move into certain areas that provide a suitable place to rest and feed on anything that comes near them. It truly is amazing how well Trout can see in pour water conditions. Standing knee-deep in water if you can make out any part of your wading boots you’re good to go. With 1 foot of visibility a Trout can see all sizes and shapes of nymphs ,emerger’s and streamers. If anything it makes your strike a lot more noticeable. Mr. fish has less time to decide and generally will take your fly more aggressively.
Our half-day trip on the Gallatin River is a great way to go this time of year. Usually we like to start around 10:30 AM. By the time we get our clients situated and outfitted we tend to fish from 11 AM to 3 PM. (The warmest part of the day). Four hours is plenty to get most people on a good number of trout. Whether you’re a first timer or experienced fishermen winter fly fishing can be very rewarding. Most days a double nymph rig under an indicator is your best bet to catch fish on a regular basis.
So if you’re here on a ski trip (or just visiting) Try some early spring fly fishing with Wild Trout Outfitters. We have all the equipment and the gear to make it comfortable and enjoyable.Be sure to give us a call or stop by the shop if you’re interested in booking a winter fly fishing trip with some of the top guides in Montana.