Lower Madison Fishing Report May 1, 2021 - Fins & Feathers
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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/1/2021

Date: 05/01/2021

Current Conditions

The lower Madison has been fishing well right now. Nymphing has still been the best but the dry fly fishing has been pretty good on the right day. We have seen a few Caddis poppin off and it will only get better with the warmer days and nights. Nymphing a crayfish and a worm has pretty much been a go-to setup right now. If they are refusing those two, try a small Lightning Bug, Pheasant Tail, Caddis Pupas & Larvas, and some Hare's Ears. Streamer fishing seems to have picked up a bit on smaller patterns like a Wooly Bugger or a JJ Special. Tight lines!



Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Lower Madison River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides.

Mar. 29 - 2021

  • Face coverings are mandatory (Gallatin County Health Dept. Mandate)
  • Please use hand sanitizer upon entering the store
  • In-store license sales will be available 3/1/21 (buy online at fwp.mt.gov in the meantime)
  • Private shopping is available in 30-minute time-slots, call 406-586-2188 to make a reservation
Covid-19 Plan

Flows

1590 CFS
On 2021-5-1

Streamflow

Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/1/2021 Streamflow

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Special Rates

Summertime full day trips on the lower Madison include early start times but still give a typical full day experience. These are great options for people with afternoon or early evening plans.

  • Typical Start Time Between 5-6 AM
  • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
  • Float Trip Option Only
  • Trip Ends Between Noon and 2 PM
  • Available July 15 - August 31
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Half-Day Guided Trip

Looking for a quick introduction to fly fishing or only have a few hours to get out on the water with one of our fly fishing guides? A half-day float on the lower Madison is likely to be the perfect choice.

  • Half-Day Trips Are 3-4 Hours in Duration
  • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
  • Half-Day Float Trips On The Lower Madison River Only
  • Ideal For Families With Small Children (6+ Years Old)
  • Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
  • COVID-19 Operation Plan
  • We are requiring that guests drive in separate vehicles to and from the river at this time.
  • Limited Availability from Nov. 1 - March 15 ; e-mail us for availability.
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Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Lower Madison River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides.

For Shuttles on the Lower Madison Contact:

Bob's Shuttles: (406) 595-0587
Space Shuttle: (406) 518-1799

The lower Madison River is considered to be the Madison River from below Ennis Lake, downstream to the headwaters of the Missouri River. This section of the Madison flows through the Beartrap Wilderness Area in a narrow gorge characterized by some serious whitewater and difficult access. Once the river leaves the Beartrap Canyon, the river dramatically changes character, becoming wider with a seemingly gentle flow all the way to Three Forks, where it joins the Jefferson River and Gallatin River to form the Missouri River.

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