Fishing Montana's Gallatin River
 
The Gallatin River originates in north end of Yellowstone National Park. The river will traverse northwesterly for nearly 120 miles through the scenic Gallatin River canyon and end its journey when it meets with the Missouri.  Widely-known to fly-fishing enthusiast the Gallatin offers some of best varieties of water for fishing possible. 

The upper Gallatin in Yellowstone begins at about 10,00 feet, gracefully it will meanders it way through the high alpine meadows. For nearly twenty miles the river will oxbow the highway that runs north through the lush Yellowstone meadow. In this section Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout inhabit the cold waters.  Slowly growing in size. which originates in Yellowstone Well-known and heavily fished stream that, regardless of those pitfalls, offers three species of trout that willingly smack dry flies and nymphs in one of the most beautiful and rugged portions of the Treasure State. The Gallatin has 120 miles of appealing trout water, including a delicate upper portion that flows through lush meadows, a roily middle section that cuts through a spectacular, heavily forested mountain canyon, and a lower stretch that twists across a broad valley before meeting the Jefferson and Madison rivers at Three Forks. Lewis and Clark named all three rivers in July 1805, when the Corps of Discovery reached the spot where the three forks combine to form the fabled Missouri River.

In some sections of the Gallatin the estimated number of mature fish is 4,000 per mile. To say that the Gallatin is fishing well is an understatement. Recent drought conditions have negatively impacted neighboring streams but according to biologists, the decline in precipitation raised the Gallatinís water temperatures to perfect levels for trout growth. Today there are abundant trout in the Gallatin, with a good percentage of 12- to 14-inch fish.

In addition to the main river, the Gallatinís productive tributary streams, such as Fan Creek, Taylor Fork, and the East Gallatin, are attractive options. Several productive spring creeks located in the Gallatin Valley also drain into the East Gallatin. For the pleasure of fishing Benhart, Thompson, Story, and Smith creeks, anglers pay a fee.

 

 


 

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