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September 16, 2023 Lower Madison Fishing Report

Date: 09/16/2023

Current Conditions

The river is off all fishing restrictions now and has been fishing pretty well as it has not been receiving the pressure some of the other areas see this time of the year. Expect it to get busier though as the weather cools down later this week. We have been sticking to fishing hopper/dropper rigs and finding plenty of fish, most days. It's a good time of the year to start working some of the deeper buckets with small nymph rigs and lots of weight to get down through the floating grass. Nymphing with crayfish and small nymph rigs has been steady as well - we have not bee fishing adde weight on these rigs under an indicator.

We offer full and half-day guided fly-fishing trips on the lower Madison throughout the year. Learn more about our guided fly-fishing options or book now by clicking on any of the booking buttons throughout the site.


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September 16, 2023 Lower Madison Fishing Report Streamflow

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Bozeman, Montana Fly Fishing Guided Day Trips

Our guests have the flexibility to fish a variety of world-renowned trout fisheries including the Yellowstone, Gallatin, Madison, and Jefferson rivers on our Bozeman, Montana fly-fishing guided full-day trips.

  • Day Trips Are 6-8 Hours in Duration
  • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
  • Float Trips with Wade Fishing Opportunities Throughout the Day
  • Drive Time Is Typically 30-60 Minutes Each Way
  • Use of gear, flies, and terminal tackle is Included
  • Deli lunches and Non-Alcoholic Beverages are included
  • Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
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Fins & Feathers Guide Service has been outfitting fly-anglers across Montana since 2000. We sold our fly shop (Fins & Feathers of Bozeman at 4-Corners) to our friends at Yellow Dog Fly Fishing in late 2022. Our guide service remains the same and continues to be outfitted by Toby Swank, Montana Outfitter #9603.

For Shuttles on the Lower Madison Contact:

Bob's Shuttles: (406) 595-0587
Space Shuttle: (406) 518-1799

The lower Madison River is considered to be the Madison River from below Ennis Lake, downstream to the headwaters of the Missouri River. This section of the Madison flows through the Beartrap Wilderness Area in a narrow gorge characterized by some serious whitewater and difficult access. Once the river leaves the Beartrap Canyon, the river dramatically changes character, becoming wider with a seemingly gentle flow all the way to Three Forks, where it joins the Jefferson River and Gallatin River to form the Missouri River.

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