Madison River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Montana's most famous fishing river, the rapid-flowing Madison cuts a beautiful swath through a broad valley, passing by lush meadows and broken timber. The river is all Class I except for two sections (below quake Lake and Bear Trap Canyon) that have difficult rapids.
Fish the often-neglected lower river in spring and fall when water temperatures are cool. The entire river has seemingly recovered from whirling disease that especially crippled the fishing on the upper river, which is predominantly a rainbow fishery. But don’t pass up the lower river either, where large brown trout are more common. Be sure to fish the side channels."