Gallatin River Fishing Report January 4, 2022 - Fins & Feathers
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Gallatin River Fishing Report 1/4/2022

Date: 01/04/2022

Current Conditions

Fishing has been decent on warmer days. Quite a bit of ice and slush daily. The River near Karst has been a good option along with the river just below Big Sky. Don't worry about getting out early this time of the year. Fishing the slower deeper water with nymph rig is your best option right now. I would use some smaller dark bodied stonefly nymphs or a worm as a top fly. A red copper john, red zebra midge, caddis larvae, or a smaller dark perdigon would all be great bottom fly options. Sometimes you may see a few fish rising to midges in slow slicks so have a box of dries just in case. Small streamer can be productive but don't count on any consistency.

Happy New Year!

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Gallatin River Webcam - Located at Karst, which is about 1/2 way between Bozeman and Big Sky on HWY 191.

Flows

297 CFS
On 2022-1-4

Streamflow

Gallatin River Fishing Report 1/4/2022 Streamflow

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Half-Day Guided Trip

Looking for a quick introduction to fly fishing or only have a few hours to get out on the water with one of our fly fishing guides? A half-day float on the lower Madison is likely to be the perfect choice.

  • Half-Day Trips Are 3-4 Hours in Duration
  • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
  • Half-Day Float Trips On The Lower Madison River Only
  • Ideal For Families With Small Children (6+ Years Old)
  • Fishing Licenses,Lunches and Gratuities Are Not Included
  • Tackle and Drinks are Included
  • Waders and Boots are available during inclement weather
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Special Rates

We offer a variety of special rates in addition to our standard full and half-day guided fly fishing options in Bozeman, Montana. These special itineraries are designed for anglers with intermediate to advanced fly fishing skills that are looking to focus their vacation on fly fishing the waters of Southwest Montana.

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Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Gallatin River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides. Montana fishing licenses are available for purchase online at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks & in our Bozeman Fly Shop (some exceptions may apply). If you are planning to fish in the headwaters of the Gallatin River area above Taylor's Fork (approx. 1 mile upstream); be aware that most of this is in Yellowstone National Park which requires a separate fishing license and is seasonally open to fishing according to YNP regulations.

Fishing from a boat is not allowed on the Gallatin River from the headwaters downstream to the confluence of the West (main-stem) and East Gallatin River, however it is permissible to use a boat/craft for access for wade-fishing in this stretch of the river. Fishing from a boat is allowed downstream of this point to the rivers mouth. Bob's Shuttle provides shuttle service (seasonal) between Manhattan and Three Forks on the Gallatin River and can be reached at 406-595-0587 via voice or text. In general, shuttles should be arrange the day prior or before 9 am the morning of your departure.

The Gallatin River is one of the more scenic, blue-ribbon trout waters found in the Bozeman area. The river changes in character from a small mountain stream near its headwaters in Yellowstone National Park to a medium-sized, classic western river once it flows into the Gallatin Valley. The middle portion of the river flows through the Gallatin Canyon and is characterized by pocket water and swift currents. Once it leaves the canyon stretch, the river slows its pace with much of the trout water being found in a classic riffle, pool, and run water types. The Gallatin River is noted for having very clean, cold water throughout its course and served as the setting in which much of "A River Runs Through It" was filmed.

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