Winter in the fly shop isn't exactly like summer. You're not overwhelmed with phone calls, outgoing trips and anglers needing new spools of tippet. Unlike summer, there is plenty of time to browse NOAA and Weather underground. The weather Mon-Wed (Dec 7-9) this week looks like you should probably hang up the skis for a few days and do some winter fly fishing. With temps in the low 40's and cloud cover around Big Sky lower elevation snow will begin to melt, adding much needed nutrients to the river, and giving it that greenish tint that makes you drool when driving the Gallatin Canyon.
The upcoming weather is a great time to get some early morning laps before lunch at Big Sky Resort followed by an afternoon of fly fishing. The Gallatin may see some afternoon midge activity so be prepared to get your December dry fly fix. Fish may be chasing streamers with the warmer water, and there are a handful of 20" fish that could make you glad you got off the couch. Otherwise fishing rubberlegs, prince nymphs, zebra midges and copper johns under an indicator should keep your rod bent!
The Madison has been fishing very well with midge and stonefly patterns. If you have a full day reynolds and three dollar areas have been fishing the best.
Happy fishing! Be sure to stop in the shop to tell us some stories and get us stoked!