Story and photo by Ennion Williams
It’s mid-July and the fishing season
is finally here. Even though the river
looks muddy, the fish are there and
feeding. This past week has been the
best fishing in over a month, and it
will only get better. Look for the rivers
to drop and clear over the next two
Hatching now are salmonflies and
goldenstones, in addition to drake
mayflies, pale morning dun mayflies
and all sorts of caddis. Look for emergences
in the afternoon until the river
drops and clears. Once the river clears
we’ll see some very consistent fishing
on the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone
After a very high spring of runoff
with rivers running at 200 percent of
average for an extended period, the
fishing holes and spots that were fishing
two months ago may well be gone
or changed. It will be interesting to see
how the season progresses from here.

Ennion Williams is a professional
Fishing Guide and Outfitter in Big
Sky. He can be reached at (406) 579-7094
or at He also runs
Big Sky Local Foods.