The upper Madison has been fishing OK hoppers and nymphs but it remains very low and therefore a bit annoying to float certain sections. The nymphing and streamer fishing are picking up while the dry fly action has been getting more and more inconsistent. Trout will still take smaller hoppers and definitely perdigons. The color they are after seems to change every day so try and make sure you have at least one pink, tan, and yellow one. Some good dropper flies would be a Red 3$ dip, black Zebra Midge, Small Pat's Rubberlegs in dark colors have picked up some fish for us as well. Streamer fishing with an olive mini dungeon or an articulated sparkle minnow is always a good way to get a big boy in the morning especially if you get some cloud cover.
Looking for a quick introduction to fly fishing or only have a few hours to get out on the water with one of our fly fishing guides? A half-day float on the lower Madison is likely to be the perfect choice.
Full Day guided fly-fishing 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.
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."