A float trip on the Madison is a great experience. The Madison river offers very diverse opportunities for great trout fishing. Countless tactics and approaches work for wade and float fishing the Madison river. Montana Fish Man can help unlock the Madison rivers secrets and give you the angling tools for future success. This is a great summer season option for beginners and expert anglers alike. Fly fishing and light tackle spin fishing. For one or two people.
- Lunch with full-day trips
What is Included:
Drinks & Snacks, Flies, Tackle
1 - 2 anglers
|Daily, until Oct 31, 2016||1 day|
1 - 2 anglers
|Daily, until May 31, 2016||1 day|
1 - 2 anglers
|Daily, until Dec 31, 2016||1 day|
1 - 2 anglers
|Daily, until Mar 14, 2017||1 day|
1 - 2 anglers
|Daily, until Oct 31, 2016||4 hours|
If fly wranglers were gossips, the “Blue Ribbon” Madison River would likely be their primary object of attention. Arguably it’s the most talked over, written up and frequented river ... morein the entire state of Montana – and that’s saying something. What’s more, no one has anything bad to say about it and that’s for a good reason. There’s nothing bad to say. Its scenic journey begins in Yellowstone National Park at the convergence of the Gibbon and Firehole rivers and continues for 19 miles through parkland. Within the Park, fishing rules apply: no live bait and sorry to disappoint, but it’s catch and release only. Once outside the Park the river meanders past working ranches, stately conifer forests and cottonwood lined banks, interrupted by riffles and quiet runs that contain large rainbow and trophy brown trout. Flowing alongside Yellowstone’s West entrance road, the river enters the Hebgen Lake, created by Hebgen dam, until it reaches Quake Lake, a bit downstream from the dam. At this point the river is commonly called either the Upper Madison or the Lower Madison, although in fact, they are one and the same.
Upper Madison – Quake Lake to Ennis Lake
Directly below Quake Lake the river roars into 5 long miles of Class V whitewater with steep gradients and large boulders along the way. As the rapids decline, the magic begins. For the next 53 miles, often referred to as the 50 Mile Riffle, the cold river runs north and the fish jump high. Annual runs of spawning trout make their way from Hebgen Lake, rainbows in the spring and browns in the fall. Known the world over for its “hard fighting” trout, it’s not unusual to pull a 25” brown from these upper waters. In deference to the purists and fly-fishing enthusiasts, it’s wading only from Quake Lake to Lyons Bridge. Boats may be used to access the river, but if you’re going to fish, your feet must be on the riverbed. Fortunately, the Hegman releases water throughout the year, leveling its flows and relieving it of spring runoff issues and summer shrinkage.
Lower Madison – Ennis Lakes to Three Forks
A short section of the river between Ennis Dam and the power station maintain relatively low water levels and provide wonderful opportunities for wading. Past the power station the river regains its muscle and for 7 miles winds through Bear Trap Canyon. Hiking trails offer the only entry, great for those that like to walk and seek the solitude of a designated wilderness area. Floating is permitted but requires a lengthy shuttle and the ability to work through Class III-IV whitewater. Once out of the canyon the river flows in shallow riffles until it reaches Three Forks and joins the Missouri. From Warm Springs to Greycliff, the river is easily accessible for drifters and wading.
This is a small town with a big heart, a veritable fisherman’s paradise. Located near the fish-filled Madison River, and surrounded by the waters of Ennis Lake, the Ruby River, Hebgen ... moreLake, Quake Lake, Henry’s Lake, the Big Hole River and scores of smaller streams, the town boasts what many consider the best trout fishing in the world. As well known for its wranglers as its anglers, Ennis has succeeded in maintaining the look and feel of its original, gold town roots. Warm and hospitable, the area offers a wide variety of accommodations ranging from simple campsites, rustic motels and gracious hotels, to full-service, luxury resorts. Fly shops are numerous, stocked by local experts ready to advise and assist, while guides can be booked for trips throughout the area.
Boredom is the only thing unavailable in Ennis. Throughout the summer season the city hosts a series of events, including its renowned 4th of July Celebration Parade and a genuine, old-fashioned rodeo. In August, fly-fishing luminaries from around the US, flock to Montana to compete in the Madison Fly Fishing Festival. Athletes also find their way to Ennis to compete in the city’s Madison Trifecta, two shorter races followed by a full Marathon at 9000 feet, the highest elevation run in America. For the true sportsman, October falls in with the annual Hunter’s Feed. What’s caught, typically elk, moose deer, pheasant and bobcat, gets cooked on the streets and served up to hungry spectators.
Flanked by three grand mountain ranges, The Tobacco Root, Gravelly and Madison, Ennis is scenic and entertaining – truly an authentic, fly fisher’s haven.
Located in Ennis, Montana we offer guided fly fishing and spin fishing float trips on the Madison River. We are a fully licensed outfitter by the state of Montana. Although fly fishing ... morethe Madison River is the primary river charter, we can customize guided fly fishing and spin fishing float and wade trips to many of the waters around the Ennis, Montana area. Next time you are fishing the Madison River or visiting Ennis, Montana let Montana Fish Man Outfitting be your guide.
Ennis, Montana makes the perfect place to stage your fly fishing adventure from. Ennis, Montana is unique in that it is a small friendly mountain town that includes everything the visiting angler and vacationing family could need to make for a great trip. Ennis is located within driving distance of an international airport located in Bozeman, Montana. Being in Ennis, Montana offers some peace and quite and quick access to the Madison River as well as many of the other great south western Montana rivers and streams. Yellowstone National Park west entrance is located just 72 miles south of town and most of the drive takes one along much of the upper Madison River. There are numerous state parks including Lewis and Clark Caverns and that are great for the family and a nice way to spend a day off from the river. Ennis, Montana also puts you close to the Missouri Headwaters State Park, the beginning of the mighty Missouri River. There are numerous hiking trails and driving tours that offer the chance at seeing the abundant wildlife that inhabits the Madison Valley, all within reach of the great town of Ennis, Montana. Contact Us for more information. Montana Fish Man can help with planning your next trip to Montana.
- Cancellations made 14 days before will be fully refunded.
- Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
- Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.