Madison River

Madison River

Madison River is a gorgeous blue ribbon trout stream. Our Madison River fly fishing guides can show you where the rainbows and browns live.

Madison Rive as blue ribbon trout stream

The Madison river is formed by the Fire Hole and Gibbon rivers inside the Yellowstone national park. Then, it flows approximately 140 miles to form the Missouri river at Three Forks with the Gallatin and the Jefferson. The most productive and well know part of the river is between Quake Lake and Ennis and is known as "One big riffle". The riffle is the exciting, dominating feature of the world-famous trout stream. The water's character changes when it get close to Ennis winding and braiding in the lower stretches creating deep holes punctuated by shallow riffles - truly Big Sky country! When the hatches come off the Dry fly fishing can be very good. The Salmon Fly hatch is famous and usually comes off around the end of June to the beginning of July.

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At other times of the year Caddis flies, numerous Mayfly Species, and Terrestrials excite the angler. Nymph fishing is productive all season. Streamers can provide action in the fall. For the most part it is a brown, and rainbow trout fishery. The scenery is spectacular with snow capped mountains most of the year. The valley has open grasslands with numerous conifers on the hillsides.

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Come join us for a Madison River fly fishing trip

The Wall Creek and Bear Creek wildlife refuges provide winter range for elk and deer. The Gravelly range to the west provides a dramatic backdrop to this blue ribbon trout stream. Tom Smith's Backcountry Angler Madison river fly fishing guides also frequent the Beaverhead Big Hole, Ruby, Jefferson, and other fly fishing rivers in Southwestern Montana. Most of our guide trips utilize a drift boat. The angler will fish from the boat. But, the guide will also stop at areas that he feels are the most productive and wade fish the runs and riffles. After a day on the river it is nice to know that Backcountry Angler also has a deluxe western style lodge to accommodate the avid fly fisherman.