The upper has fished a bit slower the last few days. Fish are starting to look up for hoppers but the bite is not quite there yet. Ants and beetles are also working to some extent. The tan Blade Runner hopper and the purple Morrish hopper have been our favorites. Nymphing has been good with PMDs and caddis imitations and even better with Euro nymphs. Streamer fishing has decent to okay with white or olive patterns, certainly better fishing methods to be used right now. The fish in the upper are spread all around right now so don't get stuck fishing just the banks.
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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