East Gallatin Fishing Report
The water on the East is low right now and trout but the fishing has remained good. Nymphing the deeper runs is definitely the ticket. The trout are highly concentrated in these buckets and not found in the rest of the river so if you aren’t fishing some depth keep moving. Once you find a productive run you can often hook up on multiple fish. Slow stripping streamers can also produce from time to time, especially with a bit of cloud cover. For nymphs a small san juan worm trailed by a midge larva as they are a safe choice. Dead drifting a big sculpins can also turn some trout. As we move into the early spring look for rising fish as well.
The Month Ahead:
The East should be a steady option through the spring, until snow melt dirtys up the water. The water on the lower river has more influences from spring creeks and spring seeps that helps to keep it open even during cold weather. Slush and ice can form during extended cold snaps, however we are likely moving past the winter's extreme cold temps.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The East will stay in the winter pattern described above until April when a short but productive period of spring baetis hatches can produce great results just before the river hits run off (the East always runs off early).