Best Time for Dry Fly Fishing in South Central Montana
I'm thinking of taking a trip to the south-central Montana area (headquartering about 20 miles north of Gardiner, MT, bordering north Yellowstone) sometime this year, and since my normal fly-fishing is limited to tailwaters - meaning pretty much sub-surface tiny nymph action - I'm hoping for the dry fly surface action that I really like best.
Can anyone suggest the best time or times of the year - hopefully good weather - that would be optimum for my preferred dry fly action? I will have access to some private water in case the usual summer over-crowding of the public access areas is too much for me, so I won't avoid a prime time summer trip as I usually would.
Re: Best Time for Dry Fly Fishing in South Central Montana
Hey F2F, middle/end of July is a pretty sure bet for summer fishing. The rivers should be dropping yet should still have plenty of water (but you never know). You'll find caddis hatches every evening on every river you care to fish, some epic some not, but it will happen everywhere. PMD's hatch all summer as well. It is a really nice, reliable hatch of #14-16 mayflies. Plus by the end of July you might even be able to fish some terrestrials on top.