Broad, fast, clear, unspoiled. The Madison River known among fishing afficiondos as the 180 mile riffle. An experience not soon to be forgotten as you land a beautiful Rainbow Trout or fight the fiesty German Brown Trout. Local experts at the tackle shops can give you the latest tips on the current “hot” fly for the finicky trout. Or book a day-long float with a hard-working guide and float the Madison in a McKenzie boat designed for our shallow, fast water. You’ll have lunch along the banks of the river and point out wildlife and raptors before you grab a quick nap and head back down the river.
The Madison is one of the three tributaries of Lewis & Clark fame and flows out of Yellowstone National Park heading NORTH to join the Jefferson and Gallatin Rivers to become the Missouri River at Three Forks, Montana. Rich in fly-fishing history, the Madison was one of the early “sport” rivers for the wealthy easterners like Rockefeller and Roosevelt. The Madison flows through the unique town of Ennis where ranching and tourism mingle – just like cowboys and fishermen at a local watering-hole!
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks maintains over a dozen public access points along the Madison River for your fishing pleasure. Or try your luck at Hebgen Lake before the Madison flows past the Hebgen Dam, Cabin Creek and Quake Lake. On our backroad, US Highway 287, you can find a fishing spot every few miles, so take your time. Better yet, stay awhile!
Tip: The Madison River flows north. Upriver is south. Don’t make the rookie mistake of thinking you are floating south while you float downriver!