The upper Madison has been fishing well with smaller flies. The river is low right now so a lot of fish will be holding in the middle of the river or the obvious buckets. Nymphing is the best right now with small jig or tungsten flies. Baetis, Shop Vacs, Black/Olive Perdigons, San Juan worms, and natural (Brown, Black, Coffee) Rubberlegs. We should see some BWO's coming off this week with the weather so keep your eyes out for some trout rising in the slower seams. Streamer fishing should be good the next couple days, I would fish a Black or Olive sculpin imitation.
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Rocket Shuttles: (406) 581-4626 or (406) 764-9886
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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."