Madison River Watershed
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Float or Fish: Anything's on the Table
The Madison is a gorgeous stretch of abundant fly fishable river that cleaves its way through the heart of Montana—only to end in the gorgeous Yellowstone wilderness. The Madison watershed is a favorite of many locals, and you'll often see many people enjoying the sun as they float sections along its gently curving bends or camping on its banks.
However, as you move out of Montana and into Yellowstone, the population drops and prominent cliffs slice off slivers of sky for you to admire between casts of your line during your Montana fishing trip.
This watershed includes three rivers for you to go fly fishing in Montana on: The Madison, The Gibbon, and The Firehole.
We rode horseback into the Lamar Valley to fish Cache Creek and the Upper Lamar River. We caught many cutthroats and had a great time.Richard Herrmann
The Rivers of the Madison Watershed
The Madison river fly fishing is popular among locals. This river opens up a gateway that many first time anglers use to experience everything that Yellowstone's ecosystem has to offer. Hire us to be your Madison River outfitters and we'll take you on a trip that moves us up the Madison and onto the Gibbon or Firehole on days 2 or 3. Neither option will disappoint and they're great options for anglers just looking to have some fun on vacation. Fly fish for rainbows and browns on these waters.
The Gibbon river begins where the Madison and the Firehole rivers meet. So, why not extend your Madison River fly fishing vacation with an excursion down the Gibbon River?
The Gibbon flows past lazy fields and craggy cliffs covers in wild life. If a member of the vacationing party is an avid bird watcher or wildlife lover, we couldn't recommend the Gibbon enough. Fly fish these waters for Brook Trout, Cutthroat, or Greyling.
The Firehole winds past an entire frontier full to bursting with geothermal activity. If your thing is hot springs and geysers, then this is where you want to make a beeline toward. Float through rivers lined by banks painted in blinding whites and reds by mineral deposits while you fish to your heart's content. We wouldn't advise wade fishing along this particular stretch, but nothing and float fishing are both perfectly fine. You'll mainly be fishing for rainbows and browns during your time on the Firehole.