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MT
United States
45° 53' 36.0744" N, 111° 31' 12.5652" W

Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Provided by Montana Angler Fly Fishing - Brian McGeehan
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Fishing Report
April 9, 2015

Upper Madison - Good
 The Upper continues to be a good option. Trout are avoiding the fast water that makes up a lot of this section of the river so if you can find some slower runs they will be filled with trout. The water near Ennis is a little more diverse than the 50 mile riffle upstream and has some great holding water. The water from Quake Lake to MacAtee bridge is closed until May 18th along with the Channels section downstream of Ennis. Nymphing stoneflies trailed by smaller baetis nymphs has been effective. Eggs and some of the larger midge larva patterns such as 3 dollar dips are also a good option.

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Fishing Report Provided by Gallatin River Guides - Betsey French
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Fishing Report
February 6, 2015

Fishing reports have been strong on the upper and weather will continue to provide great opportunities into the first week of February and hopefully beyond! $3 Bridge and Raynold’s Bridge accesses have provided some great dry fly fishing as of late!

The clock is ticking for the river above Lyons. It closes at the end of February, so, think about this is as an option for fly fishing near Big Sky, West Yellowstone and Ennis, Montana. Good fishing can be had between Hebgen and Quake, Raynolds, $3 Bridge and even down towards Ennis.

Access is a bit challenging in the upper stretches as parking is limited and there is a lot of snow on the banks. If you have snowshoes or cross-country skis you will be able to access water that is rarely fished this time of year. In between the lakes has good highway access, but some post-holing is still required, Raynold’s Bridge has relatively easy access, $3 Bridge requires a hike from the highway. This hike can be done in your wading boots most days due to heavy snowmobile traffic up and down the access road.

Pat’s Rubber Legs, Zebra midges, Red-headed Stepchilds, and Little Green Machines fished on a six-foot leash under our bobber are the best right now. BUT, when there is no wind, be armed with Buzzballs and a Griffiths Gnats as these Madison River fish will look up and eat dry flies.

We recommend fishing in between Hebgen and Quake or the Raynold’s and $3 Bridge area. As you get closer to Ennis the water temps drop considerable and there will be some significant ice build-up. Mostly nymphing, but the pods of midging trout around Raynold’s and $3 Bridge can be found on some days and will become more active as winter progresses.

Don’t forget that the river between Quake Lake and Lyons Bridge will be closed to fishing from March 1-May 16, 2015.

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We have the perfect Bozeman or Yellowstone fly fishing trip, try our Three Rivers in Three Days Trip: Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park or Missouri Rivers are on your Montana fly fishing trip list, contact us today.

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We’ll also be having some great winter fly fishing the next few months near Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana.

 

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