Tomorrow is the day we've been waiting for since March 1....the day the Upper Madison above McAtee Bridge opens to fishing. And, if the West Fork of the Madison remains clear, we expect the upper river to fish pretty darn well...it usually has and we don't see this year being any different.
It is slowed along the way by two dams creating Hebgen and Ennis Reservoirs, and also by Quake Lake which was formed by an earthquake in 1959. The Madison Mountain Range, home to Big Sky, flanks the river to the east as it flows through the Madison Valley and provides one of the more picturesque backdrops you'll ever have while you're busy catching trout.
The Maddy, as she's know by the folks who love her best, has made an amazing rebound from the whirling disease impact of the early '90s and is fishing better than ever. The '50 mile riffle' section above Ennis is one of the most heavily fished waters in the state for good reason - it's chock full of hungry brown and rainbow trout that love to eat stoneflies, spruce moths and grasshoppers all day long. The lower Madison below Ennis Reservoir and Beartrap Canyon is a fantastic early and late season fishery during the baetis and caddis hatches, but during the summer months the water's too hot and the tuber crowd from Bozeman takes over the river. Now if you're looking for a bikini hatch, this is the place to be!