The upper Madison will be one of the better options when it's really chilly. The $3 area is the best when the rest of the upper has slush and ice congregating. Midges have been around in decent numbers and bringing trout to the surface when conditions are calm and overcast. Nymphing has been the best using a variety of midge imitations, worms, rubber legs, & smaller mayfly patterns. Some of our favorites include $3 Dips, Speckled Stones, Spanish Bullets, Pheasant Tails, & Tube midges. Fish the slower moving buckets where the fish will stack up until the water temps warm again.
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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.
Full Day guided fly-fishing trips are our standard offering and offer the best opportunity to truly get out and experience the fly-fishing opportunities around Bozeman that attract anglers from around the world.
For Shuttles on the Upper Madison Contact:
Rocket Shuttles: (406) 581-4626 or (406) 764-9886
Dorothy's Shuttle Service: (406) 682-4886
Driftaway Shuttles: (406) 682-3088
The upper Madison River is perhaps the most famous and highly regarded wild trout stream in the Western US. The river is formed in Yellowstone National Park at the confluence of the Gibbon and Firehole rivers, just outside of West Yellowstone, Montana. As the upper Madison River leaves Yellowstone National Park, it flows into Hebgen Lake and then works its way north through the Hebgen Dam and then Quake Lake. The stretch of river between Quake Lake and Ennis, Montana is known as the “50 Mile Riffle” and is typically the portion of the Madison River that people refer to as the "Upper Madison."