Lower Madison Fly Fishing Reports
Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/16/2021
The lower Madison has still been fishing great. Hoppers have still been picking up fish in the afternoons. Not quite as well as last week but still a ton of fun can be had fishing a dry and a dropper. A pink or flesh hopper in a size 10-12 seems to be what they are looking for. We are expecting the hopper fishing to be pretty much dead after the cool temps tonight and the wet cool weather coming this weekend. Be mindful that the fish have been holding in very different locations depending on the day so don't be afraid to cast in the shallow weedy shelves in the middle. If you want to add a dropper I would stick to Spanish bullets and perdigons(The Black and red Spanish perdigon in a size 16 has been my favorite lately). Streamer fishing has been good with JJ Specials and Woolly Buggers in the a.m. If you do end up nymphing try dead drifting a light-bodied crayfish with a perdigon below it. Big articulated stuff should work well in no time. Oh, BWO's coming soon.
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.
Recommended Guided Trips
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 servicesLearn More
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
Fishing Licenses and Shuttle Info
For Shuttles on the Lower Madison Contact:
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.