The Upper Madison has been fishing quite well. The salmonflies have been out and about through much of the float stretch. This nasty weather might slow down the salmonfly bite though. However, there are plenty of PMDs and caddis out to keep fish looking up. Look for heads in the softer water. Nymphing has been really good, mostly with large stonefly nymphs and caddis pupa. Mayfly nymphs, like Little Green Machines have also been getting fish to the net. This scuzzy weather might also turn on the streamer bite. Often big browns will sit in shallow water in the mornings and be willing to chase a streamer pulled off the bank.
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