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Lower Madison River Fishing in July

Lower Madison River Fly Fishing in July

Early morning outings provide solitude and reliable fishing throughout July and August on the Lower Madison. The fish activity noticeably slows down by late morning, so sunrise outings are optimal. Additionally, the river closes to fishing between 2 PM and midnight from July 15 — August 15 to protect fish during the hottest summer temperatures

Long, hot summer days start to adversely affect the Lower Madison River stretches between Ennis Lake and Three Forks, Montana by mid-July. However, there are better options around the region. We prefer the Yellowstone, Gallatin, Upper Madison, and Jefferson over the Lower Madison River throughout July and August.

It is worth noting that variable weather can quickly change conditions on the Lower Madison River during the summer. Unexpected mild temperatures or early cold fronts in August can make the Lower Madison a "sneaky-good" choice when water temperatures dip down into the low 60's.

July Hatches on the Lower Madison River

Summer hatches on the Lower Madison diminish in July. Caddis and PMDs can still be found, but rising fish activity is typically sparse and limited to the early morning hours.

Nothing embodies Montana fishing in the summertime like hopper fishing. Grasshoppers start to become an important food source for the Madison River fish by mid-July.

Lower Madison River Fishing Techniques in July

The key to angler success on the lower Madison in July is getting on the water early in the day, while the fish are most active.

Beartrap Canyon offers anglers a chance to fish a variety of water types using both dry fly and nymph setups. Again, be wary of rattlesnakes and poison ivy.

The sections of the river between the Warm Springs and Greycliff boat ramps are ideal for long drifts with hopper/dropper rigs.

Bozeman Fly Fishing Guide Pro-Tip:

Fish during the coolest parts of the day and target the middle of the river. Trout will congregate in deeper, colder water. Bear Trap Canyon, between Ennis Dam and Warm Springs Fishing Access Sites, constricts the river and creates deeper pools. You will also avoid most recreational floaters on this stretch.

Lower Madison River Fly Box for July

Lower Madison River Guide Trips in July

We have many choices for day trips in the Bozeman area and typically save the Lower Madison for days when our guests only have a few hours to fish. Warm temperatures and busy recreational activity on the water make for less-than-ideal conditions in the afternoons.

Experienced anglers who are willing to start early can find solitude and the large brown trout that have made the Madison River such a legend.

Fins and Feathers Guide Service has been outfitting guided fly-fishing trips on the Lower Madison for over 23 years. We carefully consider a variety of factors when recommending a Bozeman fly fishing destination for our day trips. The Lower Madison River has to be "just right" for us to head that way in July.

Contact Us for more information or to inquire about availability for a guided Montana fly fishing trip on the Lower Madison with our expert guides. Reservations can be booked online, via e-mail, or by calling us at 406-468-5019.

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