Madison River Fly Fishing
The 2nd most popular fly fishing river in Montana.
Sunday 16 April 2017 05:27 GMT
Near Ennis, the Madison River is well-known as the states best fly fishing destination with a long season for high density trout and dramatic scenery. Expect to find plenty of other flycasters going after the big population of brown trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and arctic grayling.
The Madison River begins in Yellowstone National Park at the confluence of the Gibbon River and the Firehole River in Hebgen Lake. It runs over 140 miles to the Missouri River at the town of Three Forks. There are some sections which are closed to float fishing, so make sure to check with local land managers on any stretch that you plan to float.
The most popular section for fly fishing on the Madison River is the 50 mile stretch from Quake Lake to Ennis Lake which is essentially one long riffle. This is a great place for beginners since the water flows at constant pace along the length. Its relatively easy to wade or to float. You can expect to find large rainbow trout and large brown trout.
Below Ennis Lake, fly fishing on the Madison River runs another 30 miles to the Three Forks confluence.
Overall, Madison River is the 2nd most popular fly fishing river of all 21 fly fishing spots in Montana.