Madison River in Montana

West Yellowstone, Montana

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Close your eyes. Think of a broad trout river chattering down a wide valley between fields of sage. That’s the Madison. You know several Madison Rivers. There’s the section in Yellowstone National Park, sired by a pair of wonderful trout streams—the Gibbon and the Firehole and the mileage between the park and Hebgen Lake. There are the waters of Hebgen and Quake Lakes, and the 50-mile run down to Ennis. And there’s a warmer stretch of about 30 miles from Ennis to the junction with the Jefferson which forms the Missouri just above Trident. When the river slows, occasional gravel islands appear, but you wouldn’t call the channel at all braided. Patches of cottonwood and brush occasionally line the river, but you’ll find little structure from submerged logs. The utter consistency of this stretch, easy wading, agreeable browns and rainbows, and more than a dozen points for public access make this wonderful water for a beginning angler. Species: Brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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America's 100 Best Trout Streams

by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Close your eyes. Think of a broad trout river chattering down a wide valley between fields of sage. That’s the Madison. You know several Madison Rivers. There’s the section in Yellowstone National Park, sired by a pair of wonderful trout streams—the Gibbon and the Firehole and the mileage between the park and Hebgen Lake. There are the waters of Hebgen and Quake Lakes, and the 50-mile run down to Ennis. And there’s a warmer stretch of about 30 miles from Ennis to the junction with the Jefferson which forms the Missouri just above Trident.

When the river slows, occasional gravel islands appear, but you wouldn’t call the channel at all braided. Patches of cottonwood and brush occasionally line the river, but you’ll find little structure from submerged logs. The utter consistency of this stretch, easy wading, agreeable browns and rainbows, and more than a dozen points for public access make this wonderful water for a beginning angler. Species: Brown, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Access: Moderate
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: Montana DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Madison River in Montana

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