The Madison River is rich with American history. It was named by Lewis and Clark in 1805, for the Secretary of State, and soon to be President, James Madison. The Madison River needs to be on every fly fishers short list of rivers to fish in their lifetime.
The Madison begins it's quest to the Mississippi in Yellowstone National Park where the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers merge. It flows west out of the park and on it's 183 mile trek through Wyoming and Montana, eventually flowing into the Missouri River.
The setting for the Madison, inside Yellowstone National Park, is best described as sensory overload. There are few places in the world a fly fisher can catch beautiful, healthy Rainbows and Browns, with large herds of elk and bison grazing nearby. This river is at the top of our favorite places to fly fish.