Madison

The Madison River eventually joins with the Gallatin and Jefferson to form the Missouri and is known as a world-class fly fishing destination. 

Lower Madison River, Fishing montana, fly fishing, floating
John Way
The lower Madison in spring. Spring is a tricky season for the angler: weather is unpredictable, fish are elusive, and stream flows are in constant flux. Finding a waterway worthy of your time and effort can be challenging, but where there’s a will there’s a way. Read more >>
Pioneer Bar, Virginia City Montana, Madison River, Bear Trap Canyon
Fedorka, John
Trophy trout, heavy-handed cops, and small-town hospitality. A Madison River fishing story. Kind of. Read more >>
Hester, Charley
The shadows stretched long as my wife, daughter, and I drove to our friends’ ranch to catch a few fish on the Madison. Getting out of the car we noticed a commotion above us. Three ospreys flew around erratically; then we saw an eagle, and then another, talons outstretched and beaks open. Read more >>
Madison River Geology, Bear Trap Canyon
Thacker, Jacob
Madison River geology. Read more >>
Upper Madison River, Madison, fishing Montana, fly fishing
Lum, Mike
Fishing the Madison River and its hatches. Read more >>
Bear Trap Canyon, Kitchen Sink Rapid, Madison River
Dave Schroeder
A guide to running Bear Trap.  Read more >>
Gallatin River, fishing around Bozeman, fly fishing
Kumlien, Kris
Bozeman's best fishing opportunitiesThe Yellowstone, Madison, and Gallatin are open year-round and offer a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Here’s a rundown of these incredible rivers. Read more >>
fishing the Madison, fly fishing, fishing in Montana, Madison River
Way, John
A study of the iconic Madison River.  Read more >>
Douglas, Jemma
Everything you need to know for a fun, safe float on the lower Madison River. Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
From the Tobacco Roots to the Gallatin Range, the mountains around Bozeman hold stunning alpine lakes perfect for an overnight camping trip—but sometimes, you want to get outdoors without trying too hard. Maybe you got a late start, or you need a stationary base camp for your clan of young kids. Read more >>
England, Mike
Paddling and peddling are a great combination—not only can you and your friends drive to and from the river in a single vehicle, but you’ll get some exercise to counterbalance all that beer-drinking on the water. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
The last time I floated down the Madison, I was waist-deep in water, scuffing along the bottom in an underinflated, sinking kiddy pool. I had on far too little clothing given the circumstances and with both hands full of beer; navigation of such a vessel was simply out of the question. Read more >>
Cain, Dan
It all took place within seconds. Entering a bend in a fast chute of water, the current grabbed the canoe, slammed it into the bank, and started pulling us down. Water poured over the gunnels as the pressure held us tight to the bank. Read more >>
Kociolek, Angela
I felt a little out of place without a fly rod. Read more >>
England, Mike
The river was huge. Swollen and discolored from the previous night's rainfall, it looked like a swirling sea of chocolate milk. Read more >>
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