Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/15/2020 – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/15/2020

    Current Conditions

    The upper Madison has still been fishing very well with hoppers. The water temps are good and the trout are happy! In the mornings, nymphing has been the best with a double nymph rig or a hopper-dropper setup. Once the sun pokes out and it starts to warm up you will have more luck fishing hoppers, ants, and beetles. Fish all over this river, looking for any depth change or structure that these fish can take refuge. These fish see a lot of flies throughout the summer so try something different and fish outside of the typical stuff. The Cloud hopper and Parachute hoppers have done well for us. Good droppers are Perdigons, Frenchies, Jigged Prince nymphs. Switch up your flies to see what is working for you best. The water is low and clear so now is a good time to have some fluoro tied to your droppers!

    COVID 19 COMMUNICATIONS – July 31, 2020

    • 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.


    • Order online and select Pickup at checkout for curbside service
    • Call us at 406-586-2188 to place your order over the phone fro curbside service.
    • Book a time for private shopping.
    • Buy Flies online and save 20% (enter FLIES_20 at checkout in the Discount Code field)

    Keep in mind you can shop all of our flies in our online store for both shipping and curbside pickup. You can also order hand-picked fly selections for the upper Madison River before you head out and we'll have them ready for you to pick up!

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

    The Upper should be starting to get good this week with temps in the 50s and 60s. Winds should be moderate building to about 15 mph everyday in the afternoon/evening. Nymphing with Pats rubberlegs, worms, midges, caddis pupas, baetis nymphs, and perdigons should get the job done in the deeper buckets. There have been a good amount of midges as of late so keep an eye on those back eddies and bring a few griffith's gnats. Try and be prepared for BWOs and skwallas as they are next up. Streamer fishing with small to medium black/olive streamers should be picking up with the warmer weather. They tend to like the slow strip this time of year so really no reason to use sink tips unless you are throwing something unweighted. Keep and eye out and avoid stepping on/ fishing spawning redds. Let the rainbows get it on so our fish returns are good for years to come.


    646 CFS
    On 2023-03-17


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    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.

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    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
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    Fishing Licenses and Shuttle Info

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

    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

    Upper Madison River Overview

    The upper Madison River is perhaps the most famous and highly regarded wild trout stream in the Western US. The river is formed in Yellowstone National Park at the confluence of the Gibbon and Firehole rivers, just outside of West Yellowstone, Montana. As the upper Madison River leaves Yellowstone National Park, it flows into Hebgen Lake and then works its way north through the Hebgen Dam and then Quake Lake. The stretch of river between Quake Lake and Ennis, Montana is known as the “50 Mile Riffle” and is typically the portion of the Madison River that people refer to as the "Upper Madison."