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Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Date: 07/12/2024
Posted by: Toby Swank

With the recent heat wave, the Madison river from Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake has been placed on Hoot-Owl, this means that fishing is closed starting at 2 pm until 12 am. The rest of the river is still open but going early is encouraged when water temperatures are coolest. Check out Montana FWP's website for the most updated information on restrictions in the area.

Madison River fly fishing has been steadily improving throughout the last 2 weeks as the effects of the spring runoff have finally abated.

The Salmonflies are pretty much gone now, but anglers fishing between Quake and Hebgen lakes will still see a few around. However, the Caddis, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, and Flav hatches are still going strong between MacAtee and Quake lake. The hatches become more sparse lower on the river this time of the year, but anglers fishing near Ennis can still find some rising fish – especially in the morning and evening hours.

Anglers fishing and floating the upper Madison can expect the best results while nymphing the subtle trenches and boulders in the morning hours. A dry/dropper setup has been the staple once the sun gets up – our Bozeman fly fishing guides have been fishing small Chubby Chernobyls in olive or purple with a jig-style dropper about 3’ below the dry.

Upper Madison River Fishing Report Streamflow

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Purple Chubby Chernobyl

							  Catch trout fly fishing in Montana using this Mayfly nymph.

Butano Lite Brite Perdigon

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Yellow Sally Stimi

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PMD Crackback

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Upper Madison River Fishing

The Madison River is widely regarded as the premier Montana fly-fishing river. It originates in Yellowstone National Park at the point where the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers meet. The river flows northwards and merges with the Jefferson and Gallatin Rivers to eventually form the Missouri River near Three Forks, Montana.

The upper Madison River is the stretch between the outlet of Quake Lake and the mouth of Ennis Lake. The river is an incredibly productive and unique blue-ribbon trout fishery with wild Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Brown Trout populations.

The Fins and Feathers "Upper Madison River Fishing Guide" features a comprehensive overview of the river stretches and seasonal highlights with Madison River fishing tips from our Bozeman fly fishing guide staff.