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Re: Gallatin River

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Down in the valley they draw down so much water for irrigating out of the "West Gallatin" its really nothing to get excited about-far more interesting from mouth of Gallatin canyon up stream/south.
The lower Gallatin from where east and west branches meet is one of the least appreciated stretches in the state as its tough to get at and hard to wade fish[deep].You know there are some huge fish in there but good luck getting to them.
Rattlesnakes can be expected in the rip rap in lower valley but none from Canyon to headwaters as its hard rock country with no dens.

Posted on: 2012/12/22 10:08
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Re: Gallatin River

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My recollection is that parts of it become warm during some summers and it is one of the rivers on which MT requires that all fishing terminate by a certain time of day during those particular summers. Others may be able to fill you in on this.

Mike do you think this helps the trout at all?

Posted on: 2012/12/22 11:40


Re: Gallatin River

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What does, like 91 miles on non-stop wild rainbow, road accessable water mean to you? Huh? Neigh Baahd, Laddie! I mean, are you serious? My bud works out of East Slope Anglers in Big Sky. I stayed with him a few times. From there, the Madison is like 1 1/2 hours and the lower Yellowstone around Livingston is about the same. Big humps every day to fish; like if I drove from home to Spring Creek almost and said "Hey this week I'm on a fishing vacation". Try the scattered boulder rock-garden looking spots. Avoid the really deep or flat, fast places that LACK deep cover. Hit any meadow area carefully. Last time I was out there, I landed an honest 20 incher on a sz. 14 caddis at sunset. Not in the madison or yellowstone, but the Gallatin.

Posted on: 2012/12/24 10:10


Re: Gallatin River

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bikerfish wrote:
uh, it's a river in montana, and you have a chance to stay on it, even if it's the worst river in montana, it's still better than ANYTHING here in PA.
in other words, GO!


What Biker said.

Posted on: 2012/12/24 10:19


Re: Gallatin River

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I was there about three years ago. I think it is a very good stream. I caught a 25 inch brown. And countless bows. There is no cuts in there. I would recommend going down to Jackson hole to fish for cuts. Most of my fishing was done sub surface. I think if you go in July you might get better hatches. I can highly recommend a guide if you want one as well.

Posted on: 2012/12/24 15:57


Re: Gallatin River

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In July a Trude can bring them up through three or for feet of clear water for a bite. Nice boulder gardens and great mixed walk and wade fishing.

From the mouth of the canyon down to Manhattan I've taken numerous large browns late summer into late fall.

The canyon is just so beautiful it's a wonderful spot to fish. The highway allows for major prospecting. If nothing is happening one place just move to some fresh turf with different character. If I went anywhere else it would be anyplace on the Madison.

Posted on: 2012/12/29 14:34


Re: Gallatin River

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I fished it in September. I fished both above and below Big Sky. It was kind of cool to catch fish a stones throw from where Brad Pitt caught fish in a "River Runs Through it". I like the upper part as it is not as big. I got some nice fish in the pools on caddis and emergers.

Have fun.

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Re: Gallatin River

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I spent many days driving past the Gallatin on 91 to catch bigger trout and whitefish in the Madison between Quake and Hebgen. Really the Gallatin is awesome, but there's much better water if you're willing to drive an extra 1 to 3 hours from Bozeman. The yellowstone in downtown Livingston is a very easy wade and there's some huge trout in that area. The spring creeks in Paradise valley really help boost the stone with cold water in the summer time.

I would also recommend fishing the Boulder in Big Timber, south to boulder forks or even further south if you desire cuts. The Shields is also a cool little gem which is closeby. Get a Delorme and find access at any bridge and hop in. If money isn't an issue, you may want to fish Armstrong Spring Creek either at the O'hair Ranch (head waters) or Mrs. Smith's property at the PePuy ranch (downstream and more water). It will cost you $100 in summer.




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Re: Gallatin River

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Pretty much agree with everyone's post. The Gallatin has alot of trout and there are easy to catch but most are on the small side. Below Hebgen dam on the Madison is really good fishing, plus the fish are about 10" bigger on average and can be caught on the typical easy tailwater patterns. San Juans!

Posted on: 2013/1/11 18:05


Re: Gallatin River

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Here is a few shots of my buddy on the Gallatin outside of BZN in April. We caught a bunch of fish like this.

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Re: Gallatin River

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Thanks for all of the input. After careful consideration and much reflection, we're going to the Bitterroot Valley.

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The Gallatin is a fine fishery no doubt. The scenery around Big Sky is really pretty and the fishing is very good. Anyone from the East who have fished that area will tell you that there is so much water within 2 hours from Bozeman that it is a tease not to be able to spend a month out there. If your time is limited to under 10 days, then you need to have a good game plan with a good plan "B" to fall back on. There is all types of water to fish also. Spring creeks, tailwaters(Beaverhead) and freestones to keep you busy. I would give a call to a couple fly shops out in Bozeman to help you decide what type of streams you want to hit. PM me if you want some suggestions. You are in for a real treat no matter where you want to fish. Have fun.

Posted on: 2013/1/11 20:48


Re: Gallatin River

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature= ... _detailpage&v=BmNdCH42tFE


Luckily I've not been there when it looked like this.

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Re: Gallatin River

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Wow, that is impressive!

Posted on: 2013/1/12 18:20



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