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.
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.
- Rainbow trout
- Brown trout
What You'll Catch
- Dry flies
Fishing Reports and Trips
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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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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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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