The Madison River

The Madison River is the most famous fly fishing river in the West and remains the gold standard by which all other western rivers are judged. While wading is possible on the Madison, you have easier fishing access to a greater variety of water by float fishing, making it the most popular way to fly fish the Madison.

Water Details

    Best Time to Fly

    The Madison has many famous hatches of stoneflies, mayflies, caddisflies and abundant terrestrial, including the Pteronarcys Californica (Giant Salmonfly) hatch in late June and hopper season from mid-August to September.

    What You'll Catch

    • Rainbow trout
    • Brown trout
    • Whitefish

    Recommended Flies

    • Dry flies
    • Nymphs
    • Streamers

Fishing Reports and Trips

  • Fishing Reports

  • Want to know the most up-to-date information to find where the fish are biting? The Tackle Shop Fishing Reports provide you with a comprehensive look at current water conditions, recent hatches and flow data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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  • Float Trips

  • The Tackle Shop offers a range of full-day and half-day float trips in the Madison River Valley area. The trips are all-inclusive and cover files, rods, reels, waders and boots. Leave your worries behind and let us give you the fly fishing trip of a lifetime.

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  • Walk/Wade Trips

  • Enjoy one of our full-day or half-day walk and wade trips for a more immersive, slower-paced fly fishing experience. The Tackle Shop will cater to your individual needs so you are able to take in the sights and sounds of the best waters in Montana.

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