Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/28/2020 – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/28/2020

    Current Conditions

    The Lower Madison has been fishing well in the mornings and through Beartrap Canyon. There is no Hoot-Owl restriction but these water temps are still fairly warm once the peak of the day rolls around. Be cautious of these temps when fishing and allow the fish a break. If you head over this way make sure you have lots of Hoppers in your box. Tan is a good color right now and sizing down your pattern will help increase the number of eats you should entice. Hopper-Dropper rigs are a good thing to fish throughout the day as well, try running a small Pheasant Tail or a Little Green Machine below.

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    • Store capacity is limited to 5 guests
    • Purchase fishing licenses online at fwp.mt.gov (we are now selling licenses as well, but ask that you try online first)
    • Face coverings are mandatory – we have them available if needed.
    • Respect social distancing and use provided hand sanitizer.

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    • Order online and select Pickup at checkout for curbside service
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    Keep in mind you can shop all of our flies online for both shipping and curbside pickup options. You can also order hand-picked fly selections for the lower Madison River before you head out; we'll have them ready for you to pick up!

    Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Lower Madison River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides.

    The lower should be on fire this week with consistent warm temps all week. Nymphing a light bodied crayfish, worms, pink sowbugs/scuds, baetis nymphs, and zebra midges will still be the most consistent option. Should be some increased dry fly activity over the next few weeks with midges and BWOs possibly March Browns soon. Streamer fishing should also heat up with warm weather, I would try a unweighted jj special, or some sort of smaller black or olive streamers.

    Flows

    1200 CFS
    On 2022-09-27

    Streamflow

    Recommended Guided Trips

    Montana Fly Fishing Packages

    Fins & Feathers of Bozeman’s Montana fly fishing packages offer convenience and value by bundling our guided services together with lodging options in Bozeman. Check out the example pricing - based on double occupancy in the rooms and with one of our Bozeman fly fishing guides. Email us or fill out our contact form to make a reservation and confirm availability.

    Please note that availability is extremely limited during the summer, we strongly encourage you to make reservations sooner, rather than later. Our deposit policy is the "friendliest in the industry" in that we don't require payment ($1.00) at booking and all reservations can be cancelled - with no penalty up to 10 days prior to your scheduled arrival date.

    These rates are guaranteed until June 1, 2022 and are likely to increase as availability decreases in both rooms and our guides fly fishing services

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    Full-Day Guided Trip

    Full Day guided fly-fishing trips are our standard offering and offer the best opportunity to truly get out and experience the fly-fishing opportunities around Bozeman that attract anglers from around the world

    • Typical Full Day Trips Are 6-8 Hours in Duration
    • 1-2 Anglers Maximum Per Guide/Boat
    • Full Day Trips Are Generally Float Trips
    • Full Day Trips Available on Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson rivers
    • Drive Time Is Typically 30-60 Minutes Each Way
    • Fishing Licenses and Gratuities Are Not Included
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    Fishing Licenses and Shuttle Info

    Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Lower Madison River fly fishing trips are available year-round with our Bozeman fly fishing guides.

    For Shuttles on the Lower Madison Contact:

    Bob's Shuttles: (406) 595-0587
    Space Shuttle: (406) 518-1799

    Lower Madison River Overview

    The lower Madison River is considered to be the Madison River from below Ennis Lake, downstream to the headwaters of the Missouri River. This section of the Madison flows through the Beartrap Wilderness Area in a narrow gorge characterized by some serious whitewater and difficult access. Once the river leaves the Beartrap Canyon, the river dramatically changes character, becoming wider with a seemingly gentle flow all the way to Three Forks, where it joins the Jefferson River and Gallatin River to form the Missouri River.