Madison River Fly Fishing

The 24th most popular fly fishing river in Wyoming.

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East of West Yellowstone, the Madison River is well-known fly fishing destination for brown trout, rainbow trout and cutthroat trout.The hot-spring fed Madison River is popular with local fly fishermen especially in the Spring and Fall. October is a big month for both rainbow trout and brown trout. Keep in mind that the cutthroat trout are catch-and-release only on the Madison River.

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.

One of the best sections for fly fishing the Madison River is downstream from the Madison Campground. Keep in mind that if you are within Yellowstone National Park, there is a special permit required by all anglers inside the park boundaries.

Overall, Madison River is the 24th most popular fly fishing river of all 28 fly fishing spots in Wyoming. Several of the better fly fishing rivers are nearby Madison River including Lamar River, Yellowstone River, Bechler River, Slough Creek, Firehole River and Gibbon River.


Local Contact(s):  Wyoming Tourism (307) 777-7777

Recommended Book:  "Fly Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry" from Rich Osthoff

Best Season:  Jun-Oct.

Base Camp:  Wade Lake Resort (406) 682-7560

Luxury Loding:  Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Madison River Fly Fishing Review

GPS:  44.828635, -111.426837

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  4/16/2017

ID:  22647

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