The Gallatin is low and clear and is fishing well for most of its length. The water is pretty cold so most of the fish are still in their winter lies so target the deeper, slower runs where the fish will be packed like cordwood. Baetis are just showing up and will become stronger in the coming weeks to produce some nice afternoon dry fly fishing on overcast days.
The Month Ahead:
The Gallatin will continue to fish very well until it becomes muddy from run off. On warm days some color will come in from the Taylor Fork. Afternoon dry fly fishing over the baetis hatch can be outstanding on overcast days. The peak of the action is from 1pm to 4pm.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Gallatin should fish well all summer once run off ends – probably mid to late June this season.