Fishing Season: Year Round (Prime: April 15 - October 15)

Madison River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


John Way's Tip of the Week

Lots of big High water but there are fish to be had. Think the soft pockets especially above the west fork.

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Map of Madison River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 6/20/22

Lets keep this snow melt coming so the river comes down quicker. Salmon flies soon

Techniques & Tips as of 6/20/22

Deep nymphing and streamers

Local Species Available Year Round (Prime: April 15 - October 15)

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Brown Trout

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    Mountain Whitefish

John Way's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
TH 20 Incher olive 10
Micro Egg yellow 10
Fly Formerly Known As Prince Olive 14
Tunghead Stonefly black 8
Rubber legs Black 10
Gomie worm Red 10
Tunghead Hare's Ear Flashback Olive 14
Chuck and Duck Sculpin olive 8
Lightning bug Silver 14
CDC Prince Peacock 14

TH 20 Incher

Big trout can't resist these deadly stonefly nymphs.

John Way's Recommended Gear

Description: About Madison River

The Upper Madison is know as the "Fifty Mile Rifle". It has some of the most classic trout water in the country and many anglers from all over the country have called it their favorite for years. With lots of Rainbow and Brown Trout and good fishing with nymphs, dries, and streamsrs, the Madison is a near perfect trout stream. The Madison River has great access for wade and float fisherman. There are two wade fishing only sections. The first from Quake Lake to Lyons Bridge. The second from Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake. The most popular float section is from Lyons Bridge to McAtee Bridge.

Nearest Airport:

Gallatin Field Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Montana


Stone fly nymph, san juan worm, streamers

Best Time to Fish:

Mid Day

Best Stretch:

Reynolds Pass or 3 Dollar Bridge for Wade fisherman. Varney to Ennis for float fisherman.

Best Access:

3 Dollar Bridge and Valley Garden