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Lower Madison Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

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Lower Madison River Fishing Reports
Updated Jun 22, 24

*Flow Data: Madison River below Ennis Lake near McAllister, MT

The lower is now fishing pretty well. The Brown Drake hatch slowed down significantly with the cold earlier this week but it will be good over the next week or so as air temperatures rise again. The Majestic AF Brown Drake is easy to see and floats high, great for the brown drake hatch. Stay out until dark to make the most of the drake dry fly action. Little yellow sallies are out in big numbers so yellow Chubby is a safe bet! I really like to fish a chubby with a perdigon dropper this time of the year. PMD's are now out and about and fish have been willing to eat them on the surface. A PMD Comparadun in size #16 works great. Nymphing has been good and streamer fishing has been pretty solid as well. The Spanish Bullet Sally is very productive in a size #14. Nymphing with crayfish, PMD nymph, Hare's Ear, and caddis pupa has been the most consistent way to catch fish. Larger streamers such as Mini Dragons and Gongas have been working but fish will be less willing to eat streamers as water temperatures rise.

To purchase an assortment of up-to-date, hand-selected flies for the Lower Madison River:

  • Select the Montana Fly Assortment below
  • Select the number of desired flies
  • Enter where and when you plan on fishing
  • Opt for In-store pickup at checkout

Montana fishing licenses are available for purchase online at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and at Yellow Dog Flyfishing - Fly Shop (some exceptions may apply). If you are planning to fish in the headwaters of the Gallatin River area above Taylor's Fork (approx. 1 mile upstream); be aware that most of this is in Yellowstone National Park which requires a separate fishing license and is seasonally open to fishing according to YNP regulations.

For Shuttles on the Lower Madison Contact:

  • Bob's Shuttles: (406) 595-0587
  • Space Shuttle: (406) 518-1799
Historical River Flow
Discharge Rate (cfs)