The upper Madison is one of the better options around Bozeman. It will be pretty windy up there today and tomorrow and pretty cold again starting tomorrow. The Raynolds pass area is still the most consistent fly fishing option. If you do go out wait until the afternoon to find the best fishing. Nymphing will be the best option. Some of our favorite flies for the upper include Pat's Rubberlegs, $3 Dips, Pheasant Tails, San Juan worms, Green Machines, Prince Nymphs, and Zonkers. Keep an eye out for fish rising to midges in slow moving water. Watch out for chunks of ice floating down the river.
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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.
Fins & Feathers of Bozeman’s Montana fly fishing packages offer convenience and value by bundling our guided services together with several lodging options in Bozeman. Check out the example pricing based on double occupancy in the rooms and with a guide.Call our Bozeman fly shop at 877-790-5303 or contact us to make a reservation and confirm availability.Learn More
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."