Upper Madison Fishing Report for November 30, 2021 - Fins & Feathers
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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/30/2021

Date: 11/30/2021

Current Conditions

FWP has officially closed the Upper Madison to angling from 5:00 PM today until the flows out of Hebgen Dam return to normal.

FWP is asking that those available to walk the banks and help relocate stranded fish on the Upper Madison tomorrow. Crews will be working on an equipment malfunction on Hebgen Dam through the night. If you help out on the river tomorrow keep an eye out and avoid the area around spawning redds as much as possible.

The upper near Reynolds is a good winter option. The water temps are bouncing around the freezing point making nymphing best option for catching fish as it will be too cold for streamers. Midges will have fish rising on calm overcast days (If you don't see any fish rising don't bother with dry flies). A smaller dark bodied Pat's Rubberlegs or a red worm would both be good top fly options for a nymph rig. For bottom flies I would use zebra midges, pheasant tails, caddis larvae, and dark Perdigons.

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


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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/30/2021 Streamflow

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Montana Fly Fishing Packages

Fins & Feathers of Bozeman’s Montana fly fishing packages offer convenience and value by bundling our guided services together with lodging options in Bozeman. Check out the example pricing - based on double occupancy in the rooms and with one of our Bozeman fly fishing guides. Email us or fill out our contact form to make a reservation and confirm availability.

Please note that availability is extremely limited during the summer, we strongly encourage you to make reservations sooner, rather than later. Our deposit policy is the "friendliest in the industry" in that we don't require payment ($1.00) at booking and all reservations can be cancelled - with no penalty up to 10 days prior to your scheduled arrival date.

These rates are guaranteed until June 1, 2022 and are likely to increase as availability decreases in both rooms and our guides fly fishing services

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Full-Day Guided Trip

Full day guided fly-fishing float 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.

  • Typical Full Day Trips Are 6-8 Hours in Duration
  • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
  • Full Day Trips Available on Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson rivers
  • Drive Time Is Typically 30-60 Minutes Each Way
  • Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
  • Use of gear, flies, and terminal tackle is included
  • Waders and Boots are provided during inclement weather
  • Deli lunches are included (we recommend bringing your own lunches if you have strict dietary limitations such as gluten-free, vegan, or food allergies)
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Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Upper Madison River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides.

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."

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