America's 100 Best Trout Streams
by John Ross (Falcon Guides)
© John Ross/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The two most popular fishing sections are between Big Sky and Bozeman, and the stretch below West Yellowstone above Taylor Creek. The lower (Big Sky) section has canyons (including the one where the fishing scenes in A River Runs Through It were shot), bends, boulders, riffles, and pools -- classic pocket water. Anglers commonly fish a stretch, then jump into a car and drive a mile or two to the next one. Easy to do as the road from Four Corners to Yellowstone Park parallels the river almost the entire way. The upper stretch, though north of West Yellowstone, is a winding stream through the gravelly meadows so common in the Park. It's great for beginners - no bushes or trees to hook on your backcast. If you fish it remember that it's in the Park and requires a Park license to fish, separate from the Montana license. You'll rarely snag a trophy on the Gallatin, but it's full of trout and a picture-perfect setting almost everywhere.
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