Trout On The Fly

Yellowstone National Park - The Madison River

Madison River Panoramic

The Madison River in Yellowstone National Park is best known for its fall run out of Hebgen Lake. This run of larger than average rainbows, browns and whitefish can start as early as mid-September, and fishes well through to closing day in Yellowstone National Park (the first Sunday in November.) Fishing the fall run is 99% western style nymphing (strike indicator, split shot and double nymph), streamer fishing, and swinging soft hackles, with the occasional dry fly fishing, primarily Baetis (Blue Wing Olive). Trout On The Fly does not like to fish the Madison in the summer months as the water temperatures from geyser fed tributaries such as the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers make the resident trout lethargic and are vulnerable to death if fought too long.