There is plenty of fishing water along the road from Three Forks to Quake and Hebgen lakes along U.S. 287. The first fishing access is Cobblestone, just a few miles south of Three Forks on the right side of U.S. 287. If you plan to base yourself in Ennis, the Valley Garden, Ennis Bridge, Burnt Tree, and Varney Bridge fishing accesses are within minutes of town along U.S. 287. Between Ennis and Quake Lake, the accesses begin popping up frequently. McAtee Bridge, Wolf Creek, West Fork, and Reynolds Pass are all accessible from the roadside. Hebgen Lake, just south of the dam, and Quake Lake are also great fishing spots.
On Ennis's Main Street, it seems that every second door houses a fly-fishing outfitter. The Madison River Fishing Company, 109 Main St. (tel. 800/227-7127 or 406/682-4293; www.mrfc.com), has a good stock of fishing supplies and a guide service. Guided trips, for one or two people, cost $325 for a half-day and $425 for a full day; full-day trips include lunch. They also offer a free brochure that contains a map of fishing spots and various facilities along the way. Other guide services, with similar rates, include Clark's Guide Service (tel. 406/682-7474); Howard Outfitters (tel. 406/682-4834); and the Tackle Shop Outfitters, 127 Main St. (tel. 800/808-2832 or 406/682-4263; www.thetackleshop.com).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.