Sixty miles of broken water with a tremendous population of brown and rainbow trout from 12" to 20", float fishing is necessary because fast currents and greasy boulders make wading a bit unsettling. We fish dry flies, nymphs, or streamers depending on what the trout are looking for. Fall finds the Madison nearly vacant, and we personally feel it's the only time to fish it. Twenty/fish days are commonplace.
Wide and invitingly paced, with extensive weed beds and prdific fall hatches, best describe this 35-mile stretch of water. Summer water temperatures push trout downstream to the Missouri, but fall's cooler weather and water bring brown trout back upstrearn to feed and spawn. It's a beautiful river, and easy to float and fish.