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Upper Madison Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

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Upper Madison River Fishing Reports
Updated Feb 21, 24

*Flow Data: Madison River at Kirby Ranch near Cameron, MT

The upper Madison has been fishing really well with the warm weather. Temperatures look pretty great through the weekend with highs around 40 degrees. Up around $3 Bridge typically provides the best winter fishing. Midges have been hatching and fish have been looking up particularly when the conditions are right. You can still find fish rising when it is sunny but the dry fly action is excellent when it is calm and cloudy. If you do see rising fish, a Peacock Cluster or small Parachute Adams will usually trick the trout into taking your fly. Nymphing with a stonefly, caddis, or midge below an indicator will provide an angler with the most consistent action. The Black Twisted Stone, King Prince, or Red Manhattan midge are among my favorite upper Madison winter Patterns. If nothing seems to be working a wine San Juan worm with a perdigon is a safe rig to fall back on. You may be able to trick fish with small streamers deep and slow. Bow River bugger or Precious metal are a few top ranked streamers for this time of the year.

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

  • Rocket Shuttles: (406) 581-4626 or (406) 764-9886
  • Dorothy's Shuttle Service: (406) 682-4886
  • Driftaway Shuttles: (406) 682-3088
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