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Fly Fishing the Madison River in Montana

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Madison River is a fly fishing location in Montana. This destination has an elevation of approximately 4049 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Madison River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).

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Budlillys Shop (budlillys) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Madison River
Flow from Hebgen Dam is now at 1030 cfs and at the Kirby Place flow is 1130 cfs, just about perfect summer time flow. Spruce moths, hopper droppers, flying ants.
Morrish Hopper 10-14, Baby Grand Hopper 14-16, Para Hopper 10-14, Spring Creek Hopper 14, Twisted Sister Tan 14, Deer Hair Ant, Royal Wulff 12-16.
Budlillys Shop (budlillys) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Madison River

Flow from Hebgen Dam is now at 900 cfs and at the Kirby Place flow is 1030 cfs, just about perfect summertime flow. Smorgasborg - caddis, PMDs, Sallies, some small hoppers as well.

Rubber legs with Ram droppers, Yuba Pupa, Hotwire Chartreuse, Royal Stims 10-12, Yuba Caddis Emerger, X-Caddis, Henryville Special 12-16, PMD Sparkle Dun 14-18, PMD Hackle Stacker, Pink Hackle Stacker and Pink Albert, Low Rider Sally, HOH Fluttering Sallie, Morrish Hopper 10-14, Para Hopper 10-14, Spring Creek Hopper 14.

steven gamble (srgamble) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Water clarity will be off and on for a few weeks. Run off is underway. Cooler weather will help clear and drop flows. (05/23/08)
Josh Stanish (Biggie) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: After taking a beating on the Yellowstone we headed to the Lower Madison with our fingers crossed that mother nature wasn't going to be a long winded as she was the day before. The weather was exceptional when we arrived however the Montana Fish Wildife and Parks was doing their semi annual fish counts and shocking from Warm Springs to Cherry Creek. We put in below them at the Cannaday Bridge "Death Ramp" and floated to Greycliffs. The fishing started out a bit slow but made a change once the sun came out. Fishing was very good between 11am and 3 pm. The fishing shut down in the afternoon as a new cold front moved in and pushed some gusty conditions onto the river. The midge activity is starting to slow down compared to what it was a couple of weeks ago. I would expect to see baetis starting to hatch in the next couple of weeks. We had a wonderful day without the wind and plenty of healthy browns and bows came to the net. (12/30/08)
Josh Stanish (Biggie) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Midges are hatching in good numbers starting around 9 am and lasting until around 3 pm.  Sunny skies will limit the number of fish on the surface, but with some cloud cover you can hunt for rising fish and have some decent dry fly action.  Nymphing is very good with small nymphs, San Juan Worms and Egg patterns.  Wind has also been a limiting factor for dry fly action,  but you can still catch plenty of fish in the deeper pockets on nymphs. (12/30/08)
Josh Stanish (Biggie) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The midge activity is getting started and with calm overcast skies look to get in some early season dry fly action.  Nymphing has been very productive as well but the river below the Bear Trap Canyon is starting to see midges hatching in enough numbers that they are clustering.  Look for the dry action to improve in the coming weeks.  Wind will be the deciding factor when heading to the lower so keep your fingers crossed that it's calm when you head out. (12/30/08)
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Madison River descriptions

Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - The Madison River is located in Southwestern Montana and is known amongst fly anglers as the fifty mile riffle because the lack of water diversity. Fly anglers will find a strait wide river which is like a, well, fifty mile riffle. The Madison is easy to wade and has a healthy population of large rainbow, brown, cuttbow, and cutthroat trout. (08/07/08)
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Madison River businesses

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Buck's T-4 Lodge
46625 Gallatin Rd
Big Sky, Montana
Lodge Gallatin River Lodge
9105 Thorpe Rd
Bozeman, Montana
Montana Angler Fly Fishing Guides
76 Lucille Lane
Bozeman, Montana
Guide Service Osprey Outfitters Guide Service & Fly Shop
1963 North First Street
Hamilton, Montana
Five Valleys Fishing Company
2140 S.13th W.
Missoula, Montana
Guide Service Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures
870 Sleeping Child Rd.
Hamilton , Montana
Montana Troutwranglers
508 W. Central
Bozeman, Montana
Guide Service Gallatin River Lodge Guide Service
9105 Thorpe Rd
Bozeman, Montana
Guide Service Chris Miller's Off the Shelf Outfitters
16 Riverside Dr
Livingston, Montana
Yellowstone TroutScout Outfitter
801 East Lewis
Livingston, Montana
Dry Fly Innovations
383 W Bloomington Dr
Meridian, Idaho
Osprey Oufitters Guide Service & Fly Shop
1963 North 1st Street
Hamilton, Montana
Other Tightline Outfitters
PO Box 154
West Yellowstone, Montana
Other Jacklins Fly Shop
105 Yellowstone Ave
West Yellowstone, Montana
Montana Troutfitters
1716 West Main Street
Bozeman, Montana
Madison River Outfitters
117 Canyon
West Yellowstone, Montana
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Josh Stanish (Biggie)
It appears it may be a stange fall fishing the brown trout and rainbow run up the Madison from Hebgen Lake.  I fished the Madison above the lake twice this past week and the fishing has been off to a very slow start.  The Montana Fish, Wildife and Parks has installed a fish weir to capture all the fish migrating up the river from the lake.  They are doing an inventory ofboth the browns and the rainbows to study the number of fish that are migrating up the the system.  I am sure the data will be interesting but I have a feeling it is going to make for some stange fishing in the park this fall.  OnTuesday I fished the area below the fish weir and we managed to catch a few browns and plenty of whitefish.  There were some big fish sitting in the deep holes but getting a fly down to them proved to be challenging.  ON Wednesday I fished the Barnes Holes, 11 Mile and at the Junction and we only managed to catch a few whitefish and one decent brown trout.  The weather was cold and misserable so who knows how good the fishing could have been if there was no ice in the guides and the snow wasn't coming down sideways for the morning.  We will have to wait and see what the rest of October brings in the way of fishing and how the wier may play a roll in the success of catching.    |  Reply

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