Fishing Report Updated July 4, 2022

This Montana fishing report is valid from July 1 through July 7.

The Yellowstone River is still too high and dirty. We may run a trip there July 5–6 and will certainly do so on the 7th or 8th. Look for an updated report on the 8th.

The Madison River is fishing well top to bottom, though it will be crowded over the next few days with the 4th of July weekend. Salmonflies are present between Story Ditch and Ennis and progressing upstream. Caddis, Yellow Sallies, and PMD are present on the upper river as well. On the Lower River, crayfish, caddis pupae, and PMD are top bets. Rising trout can be found from midmorning to early afternoon on cloudy days.

The Boulder River is still high, but it’s fishing well on stonefly and large attractor nymphs. Some Salmonflies are present. We’ve got our first Boulder River float of the year on Sunday the 3rd. The river is still high enough that boats are basically required for access. Pull the raft over, hop out, and fish the long, deep runs hard.

Private lakes are slowing down due to heat. Walter took part in a four-guide trip to Sitz Lake on Tuesday. Seven clients combined for only six fish (though all were 20+ inches).

Yellowstone Park fishing is limited from our operations area this year due to historic flooding. Walk-in travel is allowed into the northern part of the park via Gardiner. The Gardner River is fishing well on stonefly nymphs, and the Salmonfly hatch is imminent. If you can get in via West Yellowstone, the headwaters of the Gibbon River are good bets for westslope cutthroat and grayling and the Yellowstone River around Tower Falls should be fishing great on stonefly nymphs and streamers, with the Salmonfly hatch imminent. The brook trout creeks near Mammoth are likely now in play for beginner fishing with attractor dry/dropper combos.

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