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Gallatin River Sponsored by
Date 24-Oct-18
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Conditions : Gallatin River: As usual, the Gallatin has been a great option lately, we are seeing temperatures dropping significantly into prime trout fishing temps throughout the Gallatin! The nocturnal stones and tricos are great in the morning, shifting to hoppers as soon as the weather heats up a little bit. Chubby dropper is still a great option but down sizing the chubby and the dropper is key. A tan/black size 10-14 chubby with a smaller flash back PT or hares ear is a great option. Lightning bugs, spankers, and prince nymphs won't do you wrong either. The fish are moving back into the mid river runs and pools so targeting these areas is certainly a good option. The canyon is a great option under the shady walls and under the willows. There is an abundance of algae this year, so be extra careful wading! Overall, as we see water temperatures decline due to recent weather, this will be a good place to be the next few weeks!

Dries: Chubby Chernobyl: 8-16 (purple, copper, royal, orange, black & tan), Purple Haze: 12-18, Water Walker: 10-16, C-UM Trico Spinner: 20-22, Slate-Wing BWO: 18-20, Brook Sprout BWO: 16-20, Hi-Vis parachute BWO: 18-20

Nymphs: Delektable Hurless: 4-6, Mega Prince: 4-6, Mega Hare's Ear: 6-8, Pats Rubber Legs: 6-10, Pheasant Tail: 14-18, Copper John Blue, Black: 14-18, Lightning Bug Silver, Original, Gold: 12-14-16, Bubble Back BWO: 16-18, El Diablo: 14-16-18, Tungsten Purple Burger: 12-14, Wire Worm Pink: 4, Military Mayfly: 18-20-22, Little Green Machine: 18-20-22, Little Spanker: 12-18, Hares ear: 12-18

Streamers: BH Black Bugger: 2-4-6, Black Krystal Bugger: 6-8, Sex Dungeon Black, White, Yellow: 2, Home Invader Black, White, Yellow: 2, Black/Copper Zonker: 4-6, Sculpzilla Black, Olive, White: 2, Micro Zonker Grey, Brown, Black: 8, Bellyache Minnow Tan: 1-1/0, JJ Special: 6-8, Yellow/Brown: 4, Cheech Leech, Halloween: 1

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About: - The Gallatin River is about twelve miles long from its origin at the confluence of the West and East Gallatin rivers to Three Forks, Montana, where it joins the Jefferson and Madison rivers to form the Missouri River. The river flows through a narrow valley consisting of agricultural and grazing lands at elevations less than 5,000 feet. The banks are primarily undercuts, and long, deep pools provide much of the fish cover. Except for the East and West Gallatin rivers, tributaries to the Gallatin River are limited to a few spring creeks. Water can be slightly turbid year-round due to the sediment input from the East Gallatin.
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