Flowing from its headwaters in Yellowstone National Park to Three Forks, Montana, where it joins the Jefferson and the Gallatin to form the mighty Missouri, the Madison River is one of the most famous, but also one of the most complicated, trout rivers in North America. This river can have different insect hatches every fifty yards, and ranges from a glassy, spring-fed stream to a tumbling torrent filled with rapids. Its complex variety of waters and habitat defies conventional fly-fishing techniques. In Fly Fishing the Madison, fly shop owner, guide, and noted author Craig Mathews demystifies the river, offering valuable insights and advice to first-time visitors and veterans alike.
Covering the various sections of the river, fishing conditions likely to confront you in all four seasons, various insect hatches-including the famous salmon fly-along with a list proven fly patterns and tying recipes for sixteen of the best, Fly Fishing the Madison will prove invaluable to all fly anglers planning to fish this spectacular waterway.
Craig Matthews is author and co-author of five books on fly fishing, including Fishing Yellowstone Hatches, The Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide, and Western Fly-Fishing Strategies. The former police chief founded Blue Ribbon Flies with his wife Jackie in West Yellowstone, Montana. They received the prestigious Yellowstone Protector Award for their business efforts to preserve and protect Yellowstone National Park.
Gary LaFontaine has fished and guided on the Madison River for over twenty years. His award-winning books include The Dry Fly: New Angles, Trout Flies: Proven Patterns, and Fly Fishing the Mountain Lakes. He was named Angler of the Year in 1996 by Fly Rod & Reel.