Hoot Owl Starts 8/2 from 8 mile Fishing Access to Ennis Lake.
The Upper Madison is starting to transition to late summer form. Bugs are becoming less prevalent throughout the system and terrestrials are on the cusp. Fish are being taken on hopper patterns but albeit a bit random. Fish are not quite keyed into the big foam. But still throw around a dry dropper. The hopper bite should turn up any day. Otherwise, bugs under a bobber or a big dry should do the trick. Lots of perdigon style flies are getting the job done. If you aren't finding them try sizing down your fly. PMD jigs, crackbacks, and caddis pupa will get it done up high. Down low try something with flash. Rubberlegs and worms are always a go on the upper madison. Stripping streamers early in the morning can produce some nice fish. Otherwise, under a bobber will do the trick.
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.
We offer a variety of special rates in addition to our standard full and half-day guided fly fishing options in Bozeman, Montana. These special itineraries are designed for anglers with intermediate to advanced fly fishing skills that are looking to focus their vacation on fly fishing the waters of Southwest Montana.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."