Streams Outside Yellowstone National Park
|.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
Destinations Outside Yellowstone National Park Series
Madison River - Slide Inn to Lyon Bridge
The section of the Madison River is probably the best part of the Madison. In fact, I
would put it up against any area of any tailwater in the nation for quality size wild trout.
Of course I am not the only one that knows this. I have seen anglers lined up about
every thirty yards up and down both banks and wading in the stream as far as I could
see. On those crowded days, i still managed to catch fish after fish.
It cannot be fished from a drift boat. Drift boats can be used in the next section I will
cover below Lyon Bridge. It can be waded and fished from the bank. It includes the
famous $3.00 bridge area along with a lot of other popular named places. I have
caught fish right out from under this bridge when the parking lots were completely full
of vehicles and anglers were lined up as far as I could see.
I don't know how many trout there are in this stream in this section of the river. I fished
it many days during the time anglers thought the Whirling disease had depleted the
population of rainbow trout a few years ago and caught plenty of trout including
rainbows. In fact, during that time I caught as many rainbows there as I was able to
catch anywhere else in Montana and probably anywhere in the nation if you want to
take the average size into consideration. I have fished it many days since the
"comeback time" (that I really never noticed) and caught more brown and rainbow trout
than probably should be allowed.
I have caught trout from the banks and right out in the middle of the river. Although
there are no secrets to fishing this river, I have talked to many anglers that have
fished it and not caught a trout. I don't know why. My guess is they were spooked by
the number of guys fishing the stream. Please don't take this wrong. I am not trying to
brag about the fish I have caught. I am telling you where one of, if not the top place to
fly fish, is located. It is the best section of tailwater there is in the nation and probably
I also have fished this section of the river during adverse conditions, early and late in
the season, when I couldn't see anyone else fishing. Most of the crowds appear around
the salmonfly hatch during early July. I will continue with this section soon.
Copyright 2008 James Marsh