The upper Madison is fishing well right now. Lots of fish are moving up and becoming more active for the Rainbow spawn and they are eating a wide variety of things. Nymphing has been the best with Pat's Rubberlegs in lots of sizes, the more natural colors (i.e. Brown, Black, Coffee) are the best. Worms, Pheasant Tails, Princes, and Lightning Bugs are picking up plenty of fish as well. Streamer fishing has been good with the right conditions, I'd imagine today, those fish were more willing to follow a streamer with the overcast. Fish are holding in the deeper buckets and runs right now so stop and work these areas and mess around with your fly set up to ensure that you are placing your flies in front of these trout. Dry fly fishing has been difficult with the wind but if you look hard enough, you'll see some fish quietly sipping Midges and possibly some BWOs. It is still more effective to wade or work spots than to fish straight out of the boat.
Mar. 29 - 2021
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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.
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."