Gallatin River

Belgrade, Montana 59714

Gallatin River

Gallatin River Professional Review and Guide

"Unbeknownst to most anglers, the Gallatin River served as the stunt double for the Big Blackfoot River during the filming of Norman MacLean’s, A River Runs Through It. One of the three forks of the Missouri, the Gallatin was named after Albert Gallatin, the Secretary of the Treasury during the Lewis and Clark expedition. The Gallatin exits the northwestern corner of Yellowstone Park as a modest meadow stream and quickly gains steam as it heads towards Big Sky and the gradient and flow increases. Enhanced by tributaries such as Fan Creek, Specimen, and notably the Taylor’s Fork, the Gallatin adopts a personality from each of its tributaries.

Taylor’s Fork plays the most colorful role as the villainous sediment-rich enemy of the Gallatin during run-off and after each summer rainstorm. The bentonite-rich soil of the Taylor drainage turns the Gallatin off color at the first sign of rain, and can keep the river unfishable for days afterward. Types of Fish: Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

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Trail Information

Belgrade
Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Best February and March
Season & Limits
Gallatin National Forest, Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area
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