Streamer fishing is really turning on with the recent weather conditions. With trout in bulk up mode, anglers have good opportunities to hook into a large critter. Subsurface fishing has been the most effective with Pat's Rubberlegs, worms, Midges, Baetis nymphs, and a sculpin. Streamer fishing is already improving since Fall finally rolled in. White, olive, and black are all good colors. Dry fly fishing should be pretty solid on a day like to today. Calm overcast days can have quite a few fish focused on eating baetis on the surface. Fish are still scattered throughout the river right now so try and fish the middle as well as the banks and look for any obvious structure or depth changes to present your flies through.
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Keep in mind you can shop all of our flies in our online store for both shipping and curbside pickup. You can also order hand-picked fly selections for the upper Madison River before you head out and we'll have them ready for you to pick up!
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."
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