East Gallatin River Fishing in September

East Gallatin River Fly Fishing in September

The arrival of Fall rejuvenates resident trout in small rivers like the East Gallatin as water temperatures drop and irrigation demands decrease. Brown Trout become active with pre-spawn rituals, creating favorable streamer fly fishing scenarios in the lower river stretches near Manhattan, Montana.

Overcast days bring blanket hatches of blue-winged olive and Pseudocleon mayflies once September rolls into Bozeman. Afternoon dry fly fishing on the East Gallatin is a Bozeman angler’s passion once the summer crowds disperse.

September Hatches on the East Gallatin River

Cool, cloudy days bring BWO emergences throughout the East Gallatin River. Gallatin Valley Spring Creeks influence the water quality for the better below Dry Creek, making these stretches the premier dry fly sections.

East Gallatin River Fly Fishing Techniques in September

Streamer fly fishing starts to heat up with the arrival of cool weather as the fall Montana fly fishing season gets going. Nymph fishing with standard tandem fly rigs is productive in the deeper runs and below riffles.

Dry fly fishing can be exceptional and less technical than during the heat of summer. Mid-day BWO hatches bring pods of rising trout to the surface in the deep tailouts.


Bozeman Fly Fishing Guide Pro Tip:

Floating the East Gallatin River is always a “dicey” proposition as the stream bed is littered with fallen trees and debris. However, a skilled oarsman in a small raft can safely navigate the lower East Gallatin River. Advanced anglers can access remote stretches of the river and find a few, trophy Brown Trout while streamer fly fishing when floating.


Our East Gallatin River September Fly Box

Bozeman Montana Fly Fishing Trips in September

September fly fishing in Montana begins with the tail end of hopper fishing and transitions to prime streamer fly fishing season by the end of the month.

The Jefferson, Yellowstone, and Madison Rivers are terrific options for skilled anglers during the fall. Fly fishing Paradise Valley or floating the lower Madison River with our team of expert guides in September are classic Montana fly fishing trips for novice anglers.

East Gallatin River fishing trips can be a nice change of pace experience for the experienced angler fishing with our Bozeman fly fishing guides. If weather and water conditions are ideal, it’s worth discussing with your guide as a possible option on multi-day bookings in the fall.

Bozeman MT fly fishing trips with Fins and Feathers can be secured online, via e-mail, or by calling us at 406-468-5019. We have been outfitting Montana fly fishing trips for over two decades and welcome anglers with all skill levels on our guided day trips.

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