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Jared Grangroth

Bozeman area July or August?

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When would be the best time to go to the Bozeman/Yellowstone area to fly fish? I am looking to make a trip out there and need some information.

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Grew up in Helena and frankly any time in those 2 months is fine. Usually by then the water is down and the fish more concentrated. You will have plenty of company on the Madison or the Gallatin no matter what time of summer you go. You can also fish many creeks in the area such as Willow Creek( famous for rattlesnakes though) or try hiking in to streams and lakes in the area. I spend most of my fishing between townsend and toston and will be there over the 4th to see my mother and family. Hope this helps.

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I would lean more towards July or early August. The water is up this year and shouldn't be a problem but in the past couple they have had fishing bans due to low water and high water temps. If the water is still cold enough you'll

There are some great rivers to fish in the area. Usually you can just check fishing reports once there. The Gallatin is probably my favorite although the Madison is usually the most productive. Hyalite creek/lake is always fun too.

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Lots of good fishing at that time. Yellowstone sports in Bozeman, Dan Baily's fly shop in Livingston, or the Powderhorn in Downtown Bozone will all be good resources. I personally love the Madison over the Gallatin and the Jefferson. If you dont mind paying for access, fish the spring creeks that line the Yellowstone River from Livingston towards Yellowstone Park. But you cant beat the Madison from west yellowstone east to Ennis Enjoy!

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I ended up fishing East Rosebud Creek near Red Lodge, Hyalite Creek near Bozeman, Gallatin river, Madison River, and Rock Creek near Missoula. I did best on the creeks due to teh fact that I have never fished such big rivers as the Madison and Gallatin before. On Rock Creek fish of 12-16" would readily rise to stimulators. All in all it was a fun trip and I would like to go back next year.

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