S3:E47 One Fine Day on the Madison at Bear Trap Canyon

Fishing for spring spawners on Montana’s Madison River needs to be on your bucket list. There several stretches of the Madison – the Lower, the Upper, and, among others, the stretch between Hebgen and Quake Lakes. Each part of the Madison is unique. In this episode, we continue our “One Fine Day” series by telling the stories from a day over a decade ago on the Madison River at Bear Trap Canyon, about a nine-mile stretch from Ennis Lake to near highway 84 around Black’s Ford. We hiked upriver at the Warm Springs Access and the rest is, as we like to say, One Fine Day.

Listen now to “One Fine Day on the Bear Trap”

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More Episodes in Our “One Fine Day …” Series

    One Fine Day on the Bear Trap

    One Fine Day in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness

    One Fine Day on the Madison at Baker’s Hole

    One Fine Fall Day in Yellowstone National Park

    One Fine Morning on the Little Jordan

    One Fine Evening on Wisel Creek

    One Fine Day on the Blue River


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4 Replies to “S3:E47 One Fine Day on the Madison at Bear Trap Canyon”

  1. I stumbled across your podcast a few years ago and loved it. Good job guys… Got the book, shared the podcast with my friends, yada, yada, but what really gets me excited is that I have been fishing in the SW Corner of Montana for the last year and many of your stories have come alive of late, especially this one about a fine day in the Beartrap Canyon. Just a few weeks ago, in late April, I was visiting a friend in Bozeman and we fished the Madison above and below Ennis and had two out of three fine days, finding the lower Madison a little off color and somewhat moody rainbows. I really enjoyed the upper Madison between Ennis and and Ennis Lake. I even enjoyed the row out upwind just to work out my arms. I have been eager to try the Beartrap Canyon when time allows, and also get up towards the YNP. I live back east, have trout available a few hours away like you guys but have a chance to get to SW MT and SW CO on work/play arrangements regularly, almost monthly and feel I have a dream job. I really like your philosophy about work/play balance as well. I sometimes feel I’m following in your footsteps. Thanks, really.

  2. I’ve enjoyed your excellent and unique podcast for a few years and have had the good fortune to fish a few of the excellent waters in SW Montana that you often speak of. I recently had a friend tell me about the wonders of the Beartrap Canyon as we drove up the Madison and I was all ears for your podcast on that section of river. It sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to get up in there! Keep up the great work and keep telling us about the wonders of Montana! Your show is unique in that its a great dialogue between two super nice, down to earth fishing guys. You have a gift for great conversation! Keep it up!

    1. Thanks so much, Eric. Great to hear that you’ve been able fish all those amazing streams in SW Montana. Let us know any ideas you have about fresh podcast episodes. We’re always on the hunt for relevant topics.


  3. First I want to say that I love the podcast, huge fan. This podcast, in particular, was so enjoyable! The first time I ever fly fished was in 1998 (how is that 20 years ago already?) when a friend introduced both fly fishing and the Bear Trap during the spring semester of my freshman year at MSU. That fateful day ensured that my engineering education would take 6 1/2 years instead of the typical 4 because the Mother’s Day hatch is usually right around finals week and I took about 40 credits that had nothing to do with civil engineering and everything to do with trout fishing (I drove my advisor crazy). To any current students minoring in Trout Bum, I would recommend the intro to entomology course and the Yellowstone Wildlife ecology class was cool but all those fluid dynamics courses really didn’t pay off like I thought, steer clear. Thank you so much for sharing these great memories and sparking some great ones of my own!

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