Madison River Fishing Report

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The Madison River is arguably one of the best trout fishing rivers in all of southwest Montana, if not the entire world! It’s certainly the most talked over, written up and frequented in the state of Montana – which is considered by some the capital of fly fishing. Anglers will find plenty of great access sites to wade or float along the Madison’s banks and reservoirs (including Hebgen Lake and Ennis Lake). Rainbows, browns, cutthroats, and more abound in this majestic fishing stream.     


The Madison begins its course almost twenty miles into Yellowstone National Park. Within the Park, fishing rules apply: no live bait and 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 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 Hebgen Dam 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 maintains relatively low water levels and provides 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.
 
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Featured Fishing Trips
Guided Fishing Trips
$
525
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
The Lower Madison provides memorable Montana angling adventures. The river begins below Ennis Lake, flows through the majestic Beartrap Canyon and 35 miles downstream to the Headwaters ... moreof the Missouri River. Because it is dam-controlled, the Lower Madison can be reliable when stream flows are higher in the Spring, and in late Fall when water temperatures start to drop elsewhere. Although not as well known as its upstream neighbor, The Upper Madison, the Lower is an exceptional fishery that can produce trout in attractive numbers and size. The Lower Madison is mostly known as a Brown and Rainbow trout fishery, though some cutthroats do exist in the river. Prolific hatches and large numbers of crayfish and sculpins make for very well-fed fish in The Lower Madison.
$
690
/ Angler
Capacity:
2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
2 days
Destination:
Join us for three nights and two days of fishing on the famous Madison River in Ennis, Montana. Fly fish the Madison River for huge browns and rainbows. Spend three nights in a double ... moreroom at the Rainbow Valley Lodge in Ennis, Montana. While there, enjoy a free continental breakfast daily. Meet your guide from Riverborn Outfitters at the O’Dell Creek Fly Shop located in the lodge and then off to the river!

Spend the day fishing for huge rainbows and big browns on the famous Madison River, a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. With more than 3000 fish per mile, the Madison River offers challenging and fun fishing for novice to seasoned angler.
$
350
-
$
495
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
4 hours - 1 day
Destination:
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 ... morefishing the Madison river. Montana Fish Man can help unlock the Madison river's 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. We are located in Ennis, Montana.
$
450
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
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With over 55 combined years of experience fishing the Madison River, we have the deep knowledge needed to guide you down this Blue Ribbon River. Located in Ennis, Montana, one of the ... moretop fly fishing towns in the world, Red Mountain Adventures is conveniently located to help you with your fishing experience.

Our guided float trips on the Madison River are perfect for:

First time anglers who come here first to get easy, effective, and mindful instruction on fly fishing

Novices to experts who gain from our deep knowledge and instruction on the Madison River

Anglers with particular needs including stalking monsters, increasing the score card, or "dries only"

Book with us today and enjoy the best in Montana fly fishing.
Additional Information
Tributaries:
Tributaries include the Firehole River and the Gibbon River
Source:
Madison Junction, inside Yellowstone National Park Wyoming
Mouth:
Missouri River, Three Forks, Montana
Length:
183 miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Temperature
Hatches
Spring
34 - 66
 F
Major Blue Winged Olive hatches; nymph and dry fishing
Summer
42 - 79
 F
Salmon Fly hatch late June/early July; mayflies and caddis through September
Fall
21 - 45
 F
Aggressive brown trout spawning; large streamers
Latest Guide Fishing Reports
Guide Reports
Fishing is starting to shift gears on the Madison. Dry fly fishing is starting to slow down and the streamer fishing is getting better every day. Hoppers and ants are still playing ... morepretty well in the late afternoon, but they seem to be getting wise to the combo. Lots of false strikes. Yesterday I fed 3 live hoppers to a fat 16 inch brown. Once I put the fake over him. He came up slashes at it twice, never ate it, then went home.

Fish streamers all day, catch a few giants. Or go to dries in the afternoon for action.

PS. The smoke sux
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 5 Sep, 2017
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
Southwest Montana is experiencing some hot weather right now, which means the fishing on the Madison River is great in the morning and fades toward the afternoon. Most of the bites ... morecome between dawn and noon with a drop off around 3pm. Most sections of the Madison still have PMD’s, Nocturnal Stoneflies, Caddis, and Yellow Sallies. Don’t expect much from dry flies unless you’re willing to get out really early. With the higher water temperatures in the afternoons you should always try to get the fish back in the water as quickly as possible. There’s a lot less fishing pressure on the Madison now that the Yellowstone has opened up, and the fish have taken well to this.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Monday, 24 Jul, 2017
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
Water levels have somewhat leveled off the Madison at the Kirby ranch ended up at about 2500 and up coming cool weather ought to send it back down toward normal. About 1150 cfs. I ... moredon't think it will get all the way back to normal, it is going to stay high. But it fall with next week's cold weather. This should offer up some excellent fishing operating ties. Although high, the water is already starting to clear up. We only need about a foot of visibility coupled with falling flows and it should be show time.

This last spike in flow was not it for runoff. There is still lots of snow. There is going to be another spike. It's just a matter of when and how big. If this combination of hot then cool weather continues, it could be a be a very civil runoff. Might even be able to fish right through it. Time will tell. Tight lines
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Friday, 12 May, 2017
The float section of the Madison starts at Lyons bridge and ends at the Ennis bridge. Fishing has been up and down all spring depending mostly on the weather. Get an overcast calm ... moreday with temps at least into the high 40s fishing seems to pretty good. Clear cold and windy, stay home and tie flies. The main show in the float section is still streamers stripped hard off the bank. Black seems to be the most productive for me. Fishing seems to start around noon peaking about 2:00 then dying of around 4:00 or 5:00. Warmest part of the day. Crowds aren't here yet it's nice and lonely out there
Fishing Water Report:
End Access Site:
Date:
Friday, 5 May, 2017
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
The spawning rainbow thing is going off between quake and hebgan. The rainbows are moving up out of quake lake and stacking up below hebgan dam, but it's no big secret. You will have ... morecompany. It seems to be a race to the first soft water below hebgan. It's a great hole full of fish but angler density is a little to high for me. Down closer to quake lake there are a couple of small channels on the other side of the river that are chalk full of rainbows, if your a strong enough wader to cross the main river. Due to high snow pack they have already started raising flows. As of yesterday it was up to 1400. Which is high for this time of year. Wading caution is called for.

As far as flies. Spaghetti and meat balls "San Juan worm and an egg ball". Have been the best. Although you can still find the bigger fish on a black biggest. Over all fishin is good just expect company.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Thursday, 4 May, 2017
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
Here comes fishin season. The Mother's Day cadis hatch has popped on the lower Madison. More and more bugs every day. Fishing is best when the sun is off the water. Yesterday we fished ... morelate and that seemed to do the trick. We put on at warm springs about 4:00 in the afternoon. Hardly any bug activity until almost 6:30, but they finally did show up and the fish were looking up. We ended up with about a dozen fish by the time we got to the damsel fly takeout. We got out about 8:00 and it was still going off and there was still plenty of light. I wished we would have moved a little slower. As far as mid day is concerned the usual nymph streamer combinations. Seem to be the ticket. Bunny fur or rubber with a size 16 prince has been the best for me. Fishing during the day has been ok but the real show seems to be in the evening all the way to dark
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Friday, 5 May, 2017
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
Spring fly fishing season on the Madison has officially arrived. We have already started leading some guided fishing trips and the ice pack is long gone. The weather is warming up ... morea bit, and overall is nice. Currently, slow nymphing and streamer fishing are getting good activity. Blue Winged Olives should also get some action later in the day. The Madison is living up to its spring potential. It’s also really nice having the entire stretch from Reynolds Pass to Ennis lake open right now—anglers are finding more room to spread out along the river. 

Looking forward to the summer, we should see great water conditions on all our rivers, fewer closures, and less crowding on the Madison due to the great snowpack. All of the major drainages in the area are at or above average snowpack levels. This is good news for surrounding streams, where anglers will be able to find their own space instead of clogging up the Madison. On some years with low water (i.e. the last several years), the Madison becomes the only spot with really good fishing in Southwest Montana. That’s because of the cool water coming from Hebgen dam and the fast-moving oxygenated water of the Madison. This should turn out to be a great year with plenty of options for fly anglers to choose from!

We’ll have to wait and see how bad the runoff is this year, and that will all depend on the weather. With temperatures in the 80s for extended periods of time (around late May or early June), the river will become jammed with dirt and the runoff will be extreme, but short. On the other hand, if things start slow with a mix of warm and cool days, it could mean mildly clear water and fishable conditions all through the runoff. No matter what, we can always find a great place to fish, it might just mean we have to spend more time in the car!
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Monday, 17 Apr, 2017
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
Upper Madison isn't sure whether it is still summer or fall. Everything semis to be working Kind of. Nothing is really killing them. Still if your willing to stay with a streamer. ... moreYou'll end up with a few shots at good fish. Hoppers and ants after it warms up in the afternoon are still getting good action. But not seeing much in the size department.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Wednesday, 31 Aug, 2016
Fishing turned out to be super fun with my friend Julia. We did Palisades to McAtee bridge to stay in front of the windy point traffic and behind the Ruby Creek crowd. I had her start ... morewith a half downed hopper and a flying ant. We never took 'em off. Whether they were eating the half downed for a moth or a hopper, I don't know. Since there weren't too many pine tree's around and they started eating it more regularly in the afternoon, it makes me think that they were eating the half downed hopper as a moth in the morning and a hopper in the afternoon. Red flying ant caught fish all day. Saw smaller black naturals but felt no need to switch. Fished dries, stayed out of the crowds, beautiful day--wonderful float. Thanks Julia
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Tuesday, 16 Aug, 2016
Fish Caught:
20 fish or more
Upper Madison is holding up great this year. The bad news for the pine trees is that it is a big year for the spruce moth. Good news for anglers and fish is hat it is a good year for ... morethe spruce moths. Hot weather has the powers that be flush flowing the beartrraps to keep water temps down that takes a lot of water so they have raised the upper. Higher water seems to cooled off the dry fly fishing a bit the big daddy's are starting to hunt sculpins. So streamer season is beginning. Tight lines everyone E
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Saturday, 6 Aug, 2016
Fish Caught:
13-19 fish
Fishing Trips
Our most popular guided fishing trip really lets you experience the best Montana fishing has to offer. Enjoy a full day guided fishing trip on each of four rivers: the Ruby River, ... moreMadison River, Beaverhead River, and Big Hole Rivers. 

This all inclusive package includes all meals and comfortable accomodations at our Alder, Montana fishing lodge. Check availability to schedule your dream fly fishing getaway in Montana! 

Notes:

Montana accomodation tax is not included

Fishing licenses are not included

Children are welcome
Destination:
The Upper Madison begins its journey in Yellowstone Park. Soon after leaving the park boundaries into Montana, Hebgen Dam creates the first of three reservoirs on the Madison River. ... moreA few miles downstream another reservoir was created in 1959 by an earthquake and resulting landslide. This body of water is known as, “Earthquake Lake”. From here the Upper Madison flows through the Madison Valley, past the town of Ennis and into Ennis Lake. The Lake being the, “divider” between the Upper and Lower river. Known as the, “50 mile riffle” the Upper Madison provides great structure and trout habitat wherever you look. Healthy populations of Brown and Rainbow trout, as well as, a huge variety of hatches and methods to fish them, make this river a favorite for many of our guests.
The Lower Madison provides memorable Montana angling adventures. The river begins below Ennis Lake, flows through the majestic Beartrap Canyon and 35 miles downstream to the Headwaters ... moreof the Missouri River. Because it is dam-controlled, the Lower Madison can be reliable when stream flows are higher in the Spring, and in late Fall when water temperatures start to drop elsewhere. Although not as well known as its upstream neighbor, The Upper Madison, the Lower is an exceptional fishery that can produce trout in attractive numbers and size. The Lower Madison is mostly known as a Brown and Rainbow trout fishery, though some cutthroats do exist in the river. Prolific hatches and large numbers of crayfish and sculpins make for very well-fed fish in The Lower Madison.
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  • Rods and Reels
  • Lunch
  • Non-alcoholic Drinks. Typically Coke, Diet Coke and Water.
  • Transportation from Ennis, Montana to the River
  • Flies and Tackle
  • Guide and Instruction
A full day float trip on the Madison River. This trip meets in Ennis, Montana near the Madison. The guide will meet you in Ennis and provide transportation for the short drive to the ... moreriver. At the boat ramp guides will provide instruction on the days fishing tecniques and launch a drift boat for the float. For those who have never fly fished, the guide can quickly teach the basics and get you to a the point that you will be able to enjoy the fishing and catch fish. The guide will provide all the flies and tackle that you need for the day. All you really need to bring is a Montana Fishing license, appropriate clothing and sunglasses for eye protection. The fishing involves floating down the river and casting flies from the boat. Floats are typically around 7 hours of floating but can vary depending on the preference of the customer. All of the fishing is usually done from the boat, which makes wearing waders optional and not at all nessesary. At mid day you will take a break on the bank and enjoy lunch provided by your guide. The fishing on the Madison is fast paced with lots fresh spots to cast into and typically great action for rainbow and brown trout. The Madison is one on the most consistantly productive rivers that we fish and it typically will fish well from mid April through Mid October. Late June through September are considered the peak season. Trout typically range from 10-20 inches with fish over 20 inches possible. Fish in the 14-17 inch range are normal and the bigger fish of the day typically range from 18-20 inches. The river flows through the scenic Madison valley with the Madison mountain range always in view.
Destination:
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  • 4 nights lodging
  • Guided fly fishing day on the Ruby River
  • Guided fly fishing on the Madison River.
  • Guided fly fishing on the Beaverhead River.
  • Three home cooked meals per day
Our 3 day and 4 night fly fishing packages include comfortable accommodations at our Alder, Montana fishing lodge, three home-cooked meals each day, and all ranch activities. They ... morealso include private access to the Ruby River on day 1, the Madison river on day 2, and the Beaverhead river on day 3, all with an experienced guide. Lunch and refreshments are provided during the day.

On occasion, water levels may require that we alter the rivers fished. To maintain a high level of personal service, we limit our guests to 10 per week. Please contact our Montana fly fishing guides if you need a custom package or wish to arrange special rates for your fly shop or club.

Notes

Montana accommodation tax is not included.

Fishing licenses are not included.

Children are welcome.
Destination:
  • 3 nights lodging
  • Guided fly fishing day on the Ruby River
  • Guided fly fishing day on your choice of the Madison River or Beaverhead River.
  • Three home cooked meals per day
Our 2 day and 3 night fly fishing packages include comfortable accommodations at our Alder, Montana fishing lodge, three home-cooked meals each day, and all ranch activities. They ... morealso include private access to the Ruby River with a guide and your choice of a day on the Madison River or the Beaverhead river. Guided day fishing trips include a Montana fly fishing guide, lunch, and refreshments.

On occasion, water levels may require that we alter the rivers fished. To maintain a high level of personal service, we limit our guests to 10 per week. Please contact our Montana fly fishing guides if you need a custom package or wish to arrange special rates for your fly shop or club.

Notes

Montana accommodation tax is not included.

Fishing licenses are not included.

Children are welcome.
Destination:
  • 3 Nights Lodging at the Rainbow Valley Lodge
  • 2 days guided fishing. One boat and up to two anglers
  • Fisherman's Lunch
  • Continental Breakfast
Join us for three nights and two days of fishing on the famous Madison River in Ennis, Montana. Fly fish the Madison River for huge browns and rainbows. Spend three nights in a double ... moreroom at the Rainbow Valley Lodge in Ennis, Montana. While there, enjoy a free continental breakfast daily. Meet your guide from Riverborn Outfitters at the O’Dell Creek Fly Shop located in the lodge and then off to the river!

Spend the day fishing for huge rainbows and big browns on the famous Madison River, a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream. With more than 3000 fish per mile, the Madison River offers challenging and fun fishing for novice to seasoned angler.
Destination:
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Fisherman's lunch
  • Two Nights Stay in Comfortable Lodge
  • Full Day Float Trip on the Madison River
Come to the Madison River Valley for some spring fishing on the Madison River before run-off begins mid-May. Fly fishing the warmer days of spring can be very productive on the Madison ... moreRiver in Montana. Fish streamers, nymphs and baetis dries. The fishing pressure is minimal in springtime near Ennis and Cameron, Montana. Spend a day with a fly fishing guide from Riverborn Outfitters and the Rainbow Valley Lodge, and fish for huge rainbows and big brown trout in March and April.

As of 2016, there is no closed season for the Madison River. This is your opportunity to fish for hungry rainbows and browns which are coming off a long winter. And we have special prices! Two Nights Spring Fishing Package is based on Double Occupancy.
Destination:
  • Transportation to and from the river (dependent on which river is fished)
  • Access to top of the line fishing equipment
  • Wonderful streamside lunch
  • Expert "Chuck and Duck" instruction from a professional, experienced and enthusiastic MFFT fishing guide
You know how big fish got to be big fish? By eating little fish. Are you a hog hunter looking for the right stretch to fish and what piece of meat to throw? Or have you just seen these ... morehuge flies in the shop and wanna learn a thing or two? Either way Montana Fly Fishing Trips is here for you. You can't just throw a wooly bugger and hope for the best. There are numerous books based solely on different streamer techniques. Why? Because these techniques have been proven to catch quality trout. However, there is no guarantee in fishing. Especially a big fish guarantee. We are here to help increase your chances of catching big fish, not only on your trip but forever, by teaching you techniques learned throughout extensive guide careers. *The location of this trip will be decided by the guide based the quality of streamer fishing on his last few trips.
Destination:
  • Transportation to and from the river (depending on which river is chosen)
  • Access to top of the line fishing equipment
  • Wonderful streamside lunch
  • Excellent instruction on nymph fishing from a knowledgable and enthusiastic MFFT fishing guide!
We all know how to catch the most fish--nymphing. After all, nymphs account for over 80% of a fishes diet. But there is more to it than just flopping a bobber out there, much more. ... moreFor example, how far up your leader do you want to put that indicator? How much weight should you use? How often should you change your nymph rig? And that is just scratching the surface. Come with us on a fun filled day learning how to increase your success rate with nymphs! *The location of this trip will be decided by the guide based on the quality of nymph fishing on his last few trips. Come enjoy a great day on the water in Montana, and we'll help you have a blast!
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Elevation:
5,662 ft
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Camping, Hunting, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Boat Services:
Ramp
Picnic Site:
Fire Ring
Sanitation & Water:
Drinking Water, Toilet
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Activities:
Boating, Fishing
Boat Services:
Ramp
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Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Camping, Picnicking, Hunting, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Boat Services:
Ramp
Campground:
Primitive Campsite
Picnic Site:
Fire Ring
Sanitation & Water:
Drinking Water, Toilet
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
532 acres
Elevation:
4,045 ft
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, Photography, Group Use, Bicycling, Interpretive Programs
Boat Services:
Ramp
Campground:
Campground, RV/Trailer Site, Tent/RV Site, Tipi, Camp Host, Group Site
Picnic Site:
Fire Ring, Grill, Picnic Table
Sanitation & Water:
Drinking Water, Toilet, Pack in/Pack out, Water (Pressurized)
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
22 acres
Elevation:
4,052 ft
Activities:
Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife Viewing
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Size:
7 acres
Elevation:
4,058 ft
Activities:
Boating, Fishing
Boat Services:
Ramp
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
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Size:
276 acres
Elevation:
4,193 ft
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Hunting
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
552 acres
Elevation:
4,327 ft
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Camping, Hunting
Boat Services:
Ramp
Campground:
Campsite
Sanitation & Water:
Drinking Water, Toilet
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
12 acres
Elevation:
4,403 ft
Activities:
Boating, Fishing
Boat Services:
Ramp
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
143 acres
Elevation:
4,885 ft
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Camping, Hunting, Wildlife Viewing
Boat Services:
Ramp
Campground:
Primitive Campsite
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
Blogs
Ennis is about fifty miles from Bozeman, but if you’ve never been in a 1983 Chevy pickup navigating the winding, lonely highway that cuts through the dry foothills connecting ... morethese two Montana towns, the drive seems a lot longer. It’s just enough time to forget where you’re headed or wonder why you’re traveling in the first place.

Archie had come to depend on those fifty clicks. He did the drive most days, even in the winter when the road got icy. It gave him time to think and sing along to the cassettes stuffed into his glove compartment. Today it was Social Distortion, Merle Haggard, Radiohead and a few others.
Destinations:
Your perfect day in the gardens starts with a hearty breakfast at the Pharmacy located on Main Street. Order the Indian fried bread as a side. Try to get there about 8am and give yourself ... moreabout an hour. From breakfast to fishing it’s just a skip and a hop. Stop by Pic-a-nic Basket at 97 1st Street, Ennis Mt and get your bagged lunch. They make great lunches for your day in the water.
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You have arrived in Ennis and are anxious to get fishing. Don't forget to get your fishing license before you go out on the water. Below is a list of companies in downtown Ennis where ... moreyou can get your fishing license.
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Everyone familiar with the Madison valley knows it is no stranger to gale force winds. At some point it becomes no fun for even the most ardent fly fisher when the line fails to turn ... moreover, line starts pooling, flys come at your face with the speed of a bullet, and your leader resembles a bird’s nest more than something to catch fish with.
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You’ve just spent a great day. The weather is perfect and there are but a few hours of daylight remaining. Whether you were out earlier in the day or spent the day with non-fishing ... morerelated pursuits, you know that itch.
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About 30 minutes south of Ennis, Montana the Madison river winds itself in wide loops around boulders and grass covered banks. Stop by the fly shop and pick up a small selection of ... moretasty treats. The area you’re going to is dry fly fishing heaven so make sure you’re stocked up.
We haven’t yet decided if Ennis is a fly fishing town with a drinking problem or a drinking town with a fly-fishing problem. Given that we have more fly shops than bars it must ... morebe the former. There are actually 4 fly shops in town.
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Sitting here watching it snow outside, wind about 40 mph out of the north. Hard to imagine, but my mind still turns to fly-fishing. It may be nasty now but in a few days’ temps ... moreare supposed to soar into the high 30s, low forties. That ought to clear the ice out of the water, and might even be enough to get the fish “sparking.”
Looking for some blue ribbon trout fishing? Montana is home to some of the best fly fishing rivers in the world. With so many to choose from, which ones are the best to plan a trip ... morearound? Here are our top eight fly fishing rivers.
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This is as good as it gets in Montana, the very best fly fishing!
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The Madison offers it all with plenty of access points from beginning to end.The best way to enjoy it is to get yourself a good guide.
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Ranked as in the top 10 of fishing rivers
A great trout stream for fly fishing with its headwaters inYellowstone National Park, the Madison River has great fishing both in the Parkas well as downstream in Montana. The Madison is another river featuringfantastic hatches and great fly fishing.
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One of the best fly fishing rivers in the country
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We’d like to encourage anyone interested in a really great experience to fish the Madison River. We were visiting Yellowstone with another couple and we decided we’d like to go on a fishing adventure. We hired a guide service that was very professional and extremely friendly people to spend the day with. They alerted us to all of the hot spots along the river and were extra careful to make sure all ... more of the fish we caught made it into the boat. They provided us with a wonderful picnic lunch on an island, a brief history of the area, and always made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. We highly recommend that you book a fishing experience on the Madison River.
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