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02-25-2008, 01:47 PM
So I was planning a trip to the Madison in early July and I was looking at some information on the web and it was overwhelming because of all the information. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on a guide service and the best parts of the river.

02-27-2008, 07:48 PM
I haven't fished every river in the world, but the Madison could be the best!

You're right, there is a huge amount of information available. Truth is, you just can't go wrong in that part of the world. I do think, though, that if you search for Madison or Yellowstone here on the forums, you'll get a distilled list of good quality information, so give that a try.

If you want a quick and dirty answer, then the best part of the Madison is the miles below Quake Lake, which has a few access points, including the famous 3 Dollar Bridge. And for guides and information, get that from Blue Ribbon Fly shop in West Yellowstone. If you can afford it, a float trip on the Madison is as good as it gets anywhere.

Having said this, it would be a CRIME to not fish the other famous waters in the area, and to see the wonders of Yellowstone itself.

02-27-2008, 09:25 PM
I had a blast last year on the Upper Madison and the staff at Yellowstone Angler (you can google them) was more than helpful. I bet you could shoot them an e-mail or give them a call and they'll give you tons of tips. Have fun! Anywhere in Paradise Valley is great.

02-27-2008, 10:35 PM
I fished the Madison last October for about three days. Of course, we didn't see many people at that time of year. In July, Three Dollar Bridge will have a big crowd. I talked to a local one evening as he was working his way back to the parking lot a Eight mile ford. This area is just above Ennis. He had spent the day looking for spawning browns. He had covered several miles of water. We had just floated this section and the river here is very braided. I thought to myself that this would be a good area to come back to. Some good looking water around the west fork area as well. Talk to the guys at Madison River Fishing Company in town. If all goes well, I will be there for a few days during the second week of July.


02-27-2008, 11:05 PM
the slide inn is right on the madison. you may want to check them out also, if you really want a guide.

if i was going, i would just stop by blue ribbon. Find out what's working well, and pick up some flies there. head out early to the the upper section of the madison, near $3 bridge. you will catch some real nice fish. if you are tent camping try campfire lodge resort. it's right on the madison between hebgen and quake lake, about 10 minutes from $3. they have nice hot showers and a hot breakfast every morning.

02-28-2008, 07:00 PM
Hey everyone thanks for all the help. I'll go ahead and give you guys some of the ideas I've got so far. I think we are going to stay there for about a week. The plan is too see the entire upper part of the madison river so I plan to camp in different spots. The first couple of days I was planning on tent camping at the Ennis RV village. It seemed close to the eight mile area so thats what I would fish towards the beginning and work around that area. After that I was planning on camping at Ruby Creek Campground (do not know much about this place but it seemed to be in an ideal spot). I was then planning to spend the last few days of my trip at west fork madison river campground. I am most excited about this part because it seems to be closest to the best fishing waters below Quake lake. I talked to the guide service Lost River Outfiiters, and they were very helpful so I may go with them. If anyone has any comments or questions it would be very beneficial.

Tennessee Jed
02-29-2008, 10:40 AM
Caught these around 3$ last July....






flies...Prince size 14, PT size 16, Iris Caddis, X-Caddis. Can't wait to go back! It's hallowed ground around there.

02-29-2008, 04:21 PM
Honking browns and a chunky whitefish!