Madison River Float/Wade Trips with Montana Fly Fishing Trips

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$
400
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$
500
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
4 hours - 1 day
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When it comes to fly fishing, the Madison River is on the top of most people's list and its hard to beat the fun and excitement you'll have with the team at Montana Fly Fishing Trips. With thousands of floats under our belts on the Madison River alone, Montana Fly Fishing Trips has the experience and know-how to not only increase your chances of success but also to make your fly fishing adventure an unforgettable experience.
 
There's a reason Montana Fly Fishing Trips has chosen to make Ennis, Montana and the Madison River it's home.  With 3,000 - 4,500 fish per mile, unbelievable scenic views, and fresh air, the Madison River is an anglers dream.  Appropriately nicknamed "the fifty mile riffle" because of its consistent depth and speed, the Madison is ideal for float fishing as you can just follow your drift for about as long as you want. However, there are also a few stretches more easily fished by foot and designated wade fishing only and that can be a lot of fun!  With abundant aquatic insects, as well as a robust baitfish population, this is a VERY healthy river.  Floating, wading, dries, nymphs, streamers--whatever your pleasure, the Madison River and Montana Fly Fishing Trips is sure to please!
 
Great instruction, incredible fishing, beautiful scenery.  It really doesn't get much better than this. Book today with Montana Fly Fishing Trips and see for yourself!!
 
Highlights
  • Transportation to the river and back from Ennis, Mt.
  • Access to top of the line fishing equipment
  • Wonderful stream side lunch for full day trips
  • Drinks and snacks for 1/2 day trips
  • Floating, wading or a combination of the two with a professional, experienced and enthusiastic MFFT fishing guide!
What is Included:
Lunch
Drinks & Snacks
Flies
Tackle
Rod & Reel
Transportation
Rates
Per
Capacity
Dates
Duration
Price
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily1 day
$
500
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily4 hours
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400
Fishing Waters
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If fly wranglers were gossips, the “Blue Ribbon” Madison River would likely be their primary object of attention. Arguably it’s the most talked over, written up and frequented river ... morein the entire state of Montana – and that’s saying something. What’s more, no one has anything bad to say about it and that’s for a good reason. There’s nothing bad to say. Its scenic journey begins in Yellowstone National Park at the convergence of the Gibbon and Firehole rivers and continues for 19 miles through parkland. Within the Park, fishing rules apply: no live bait and sorry to disappoint, but it’s catch and release only. Once outside the Park the river meanders past working ranches, stately conifer forests and cottonwood lined banks, interrupted by riffles and quiet runs that contain large rainbow and trophy brown trout. Flowing alongside Yellowstone’s West entrance road, the river enters the Hebgen Lake, created by Hebgen dam, until it reaches Quake Lake, a bit downstream from the dam. At this point the river is commonly called either the Upper Madison or the Lower Madison, although in fact, they are one and the same.

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Upper Madison – Quake Lake to Ennis Lake
Directly below Quake Lake the river roars into 5 long miles of Class V whitewater with steep gradients and large boulders along the way. As the rapids decline, the magic begins. For the next 53 miles, often referred to as the 50 Mile Riffle, the cold river runs north and the fish jump high. Annual runs of spawning trout make their way from Hebgen Lake, rainbows in the spring and browns in the fall. Known the world over for its “hard fighting” trout, it’s not unusual to pull a 25” brown from these upper waters. In deference to the purists and fly-fishing enthusiasts, it’s wading only from Quake Lake to Lyons Bridge. Boats may be used to access the river, but if you’re going to fish, your feet must be on the riverbed. Fortunately, the Hebgen Dam releases water throughout the year, leveling its flows and relieving it of spring runoff issues and summer shrinkage.

Lower Madison – Ennis Lakes to Three Forks
A short section of the river between Ennis Dam and the power station maintains relatively low water levels and provides wonderful opportunities for wading. Past the power station the river regains its muscle and for 7 miles winds through Bear Trap Canyon. Hiking trails offer the only entry, great for those that like to walk and seek the solitude of a designated wilderness area. Floating is permitted but requires a lengthy shuttle and the ability to work through Class III-IV whitewater. Once out of the canyon the river flows in shallow riffles until it reaches Three Forks and joins the Missouri. From Warm Springs to Greycliff, the river is easily accessible for drifters and wading.
Destination
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This is a small town with a big heart, a veritable fisherman’s paradise. Located near the fish-filled Madison River, and surrounded by the waters of Ennis Lake, the Ruby River, Hebgen ... moreLake, Quake Lake, Henry’s Lake, the Big Hole River and scores of smaller streams, the town boasts what many consider the best trout fishing in the world. As well known for its wranglers as its anglers, Ennis has succeeded in maintaining the look and feel of its original, gold town roots. Warm and hospitable, the area offers a wide variety of accommodations ranging from simple campsites, rustic motels and gracious hotels, to full-service, luxury resorts. Fly shops are numerous, stocked by local experts ready to advise and assist, while guides can be booked for trips throughout the area.

Boredom is the only thing unavailable in Ennis. Throughout the summer season the city hosts a series of events, including its renowned 4th of July Celebration Parade and a genuine, old-fashioned rodeo. In August, fly-fishing luminaries from around the US, flock to Montana to compete in the Madison Fly Fishing Festival. Athletes also find their way to Ennis to compete in the city’s Madison Trifecta, two shorter races followed by a full Marathon at 9000 feet, the highest elevation run in America. For the true sportsman, October falls in with the annual Hunter’s Feed. What’s caught, typically elk, moose deer, pheasant and bobcat, gets cooked on the streets and served up to hungry spectators.

Flanked by three grand mountain ranges, The Tobacco Root, Gravelly and Madison, Ennis is scenic and entertaining – truly an authentic, fly fisher’s haven.
Outfitter
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What do you think of when you hear "Montana?" Small towns? Cowboys? Cows? BIG TROUT?! The answer is D, "All of the above"! Montana is still the place it was 80 years ago, where a man's ... morehandshake means something and big trout thrive. Located in the "Trout Mecca" of Southwestern Montana, our location and our guide's experience allow us to guide on a number of world class rivers; the Madison, Jefferson, Ruby and Yellowstone rivers are arguably the best trout streams in the lower 48.

Whether you have never held a fishing pole in your life or if you've been fishing since you could walk, the versatile, select guides we employee at MFFT all live on, and spend all they're free time on, these select rivers. They know how satisfy ALL of our clients, from novice to pro.

But Montana is so much more than just a trout haven. With picturesque mountains, abundant wildlife and under a million people, you actually have to try to not enjoy our beautiful state. As longtime client and friend Don Patton once wrote me after a trip, "fish count is only one criteria, there are many more markers for success. We hit them all." Here at MFFT we strive to give our clients much more than just a fishing trip, we want to share our passion for fishing and our love of Montana with all of our guests and new friends.

Charles P. Graham

Owner-Montana Fly Fishing Trips

Montana Fishing Outfitter#10349
Fishing Reports
Fishing turned out to be super fun with my friend Julia. We did Palisades to McAtee bridge to stay in front of the windy point traffic and behind the Ruby Creek crowd. I had her start ... morewith a half downed hopper and a flying ant. We never took 'em off. Whether they were eating the half downed for a moth or a hopper, I don't know. Since there weren't too many pine tree's around and they started eating it more regularly in the afternoon, it makes me think that they were eating the half downed hopper as a moth in the morning and a hopper in the afternoon. Red flying ant caught fish all day. Saw smaller black naturals but felt no need to switch. Fished dries, stayed out of the crowds, beautiful day--wonderful float. Thanks Julia
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 16 Aug, 2016
Fish Caught:
20 fish or more
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Fishing was good!! We put in at Lyons (only car there!) about 9:30 and floated to the Ruby Creek boat ramp (appr. 12 miles). I whacked a few with a girdle bug and prince under the ... morebobber so I ensured I didn't go scoreless then took the sticks and let Art chuck his 6 inch monster streamers. We saw a little movement here and there on the streamer but not many actual "eats." Then, it warmed up that 1 extra degree that made them put there mouth on it. We moved fish consistently all day after the first hour. Arts best streamer was a lighter green, white flash, heavy headed streamer fished on an ARC medium sink tip line, WITH 6.5 ft. of 1x to his fly. I fished a gold, crystal flash, cone head, bugger/streamer concoction of Arts and never took it off. Since it was a single hook streamer I did trail a bead head 16-18 inches behind the streamer and caught fish on that, also. I never changed the bugger but I did change the bead below a few times. Good 'ol sz.16, bead headed Pheasant tail was my best trailer nymph. I fished a 7 ft leader to 2x with two bb split shot (I should have just used a 3/0). Even though we had much different setups we caught fish in the same places with the same techniques. We would give it an initial mend to sink it, bring the line tight, then short strips/tip twitches. They didn't seem to want to chase too far or too fast. A good portion of our fish were caught in the slow to medium slow back eddy/slicks along the bank. We did move quite a few fish in the "pillow", just upstream of a rock and a few twitching streamers next to the rock. Some chases and short bites in the slicks below the rocks but no real consistent action there. I know that nymphing has been good in the middle but they had no love for the streamer out there.

Tight lines,

Charles P.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Friday, 8 Apr, 2016
Fish Caught:
20 fish or more
Decent success on a black rubber legs in size 6 with either pink San Juan worm or black zebra midge under a bobber. Finding most fish in deeper slower buckets and runs. Putting enough ... moreweight on to "check in" with the bottom occasionally.

The streamer fishing has really started to shine in the afternoon. Starting to see some fish chase pretty well. Not super hot streamer fishing but good enough to keep fisherman engaged. I've been a fan of olive sparkle minnow size 6 and sex dungeons. Fishing them slower earlier in the day and faster as the water warms up.

Saw a few fish rising to midges through the afternoon. Fishing Griffith Gnats and size 18 parachute Adams. They don't seem to be super selective if you can find some actively rising.

It's pretty good out there definitely worth going so bring some warm clothes and go for it.

Tight lines!
Dirty Mike
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 5 Apr, 2016
Fish Caught:
13-19 fish
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1st trip on the river
Thanks for A very nice day on the river. Charlie introduced us to the fly-fishing with great patience and demonstrated his great expirience in the best way. ....and his local knowledge of the Madison river. He guided us to catch two fish, a lot of fun ....just impressive and nice. We give our best recommendations. BrittaJan Copenhagen.
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Art is a Fish Ninja!
My son and I just spent three days on the madison w/Art and we couldn't have asked for a better guide. We caught over 100 fish over those three days and Art works his A$$ off for us. He was more than a guide - he taught us about the river, the fish and the area. We fully enjoyed our time on the water with Art and we will defintely be booking future trips w/Art. Amazing time. It was bueno and goofy ... more all at the same time ;)
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What are you waiting for? Book a trip with Charlie!
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Charlie for over a decade and trust me, you are in for a spectacular day of fishing with him! Having managed an award winning Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge, I’ve heard guests continually rave about Charlie day after day, and spent my winters chatting with guests as they aligned their entire travel schedule around his availability to ensure they spent every ... more day of their cherished fly fishing trip out on the water with him  Charlie has that perfect balance of enthusiasm coupled with knowledge and a determination to be the hardest working guide on the river. At just the right moment, he’s coaching you on technique and the next, he’s giving high fives for a job well done. Whether you are a novice or beginner, he knows how to get you onto fish, while having fun along the way. You’ll wish for time to standstill when you are out with him! So, what are you waiting for? Book a trip with Charlie and enjoy a fun and memorable fly fishing adventure!
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Wanna catch trout? Here's your guy...
I've been fishing in Montana for over a decade. Charlie Graham was my first guide and I've never looked back. In fact, it's at the point where I won't fish the Madison River (and surrounding rivers) without him. No one gets on the fish like Charles P. He knows where they are, what they're eating and how to get em'. Do yourself a favor and book this guy (just don't do it when I'm in town cause he's ... more mine:)
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Hardest working guide on the river.
My father took me to fish the Madison about ten years ago, and I fell in love. We have had many guides over the years but request only one year after year. Charlie Graham. I've never seen a guide row harder or get more excited at the sight of a big fat brown trout! He has improved my fishing skills immensely, and has the patience, knowledge, and drive to provide anyone with a world class day on the ... more river. Simply put, he's the man!
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The Fish Whisperer
Charlie is awesome. He took us out on the Madison when the weather was beautiful, but the water was moving fast. I was amazed at how well he battled physics (lots of weight in the boat if you know what I mean) to keep us moving at the right pace while directing us to the big ones. I believe the fish actually listen to him. He is an awesome guide and fun to be around. Looking forward to seeing him ... more again this May.
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Madison with friends for fun.
Charlie took me and a few friends down the Madison in early May last year. We're not experts by any means, and Charlie gave us all the advice we needed to make for a few wonderful days. We all caught Rainbows ( and a few Browns), and enjoyed more than a few laughs along the way. Charlie is a good guy and a great guide. I'll see him again in May for another trip down the Madison.
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Charlie is the fishing master
I don't think there is a single negative thing that could be said about Charlie. He is knowledgable, helpful, and and all around awesome guy. I have fished with many fantastic guides over the years, but absolutely no one can top Charlie. His positive attitude and willingness to try new set-ups keeps the fish practically jumping into the boat. I'm looking forward to fishing with him in the future.
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Great trip
Mom and I enjoyed our day on the river with Charlie very much. His guidance, patience, expertise and humor were more appreciated than I am able to say. It was a very special time for me to share with my 79 year old mom-and Charlie made it perfect! He has a wonderful way with people-to go from my boys to us so easily is a real skill! We all had the best time! Agnes Butler
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Charlie Grahm is my first choice guide every trip
My son, Jack, and I have been making trips to the Madison River Valley for nearly 10 years. Each year we book a stay at the Madison Valley Ranch and the Ranch knows that the second thing out of my mouth is "I want Charlie to guide us." Not only is he a great guide, working his butt off to get us to where the fish our, he has a sixth sense as to what fly to put on the line on certain parts of the river, ... more during certain parts of the day and, frankly, I think certain fish. He's a great partner in the boat and has become our friend. One year we decided to visit the ranch late in October at the end of the season. Charlie had taken a job at a local bar and restaurant. We didn't leave Ennis until we'd gotten there to say hello. It wouldn't have been a visit without that.
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Fishing with Carlie was great!
Charlie was very helpful giving me tips on improving my fishing without sounding instructional. We had a fun time and caught quite a few fish. I would definitely recommend him!
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