Madison River

Three Dollar Bridge, on the Madison River, is symbolic of some of the finest fly fishing in the West. In 2002, fishing access and open space at Three Dollar Bridge were at risk of private real estate development. Western Rivers Conservancy stepped in to help save this seven-square-mile property, known as Candlestick Ranch, preserving public access to one of Montana's premier fishing sites.

The Madison is famous for its hatches, which drive fish--and anglers--equally wild. Western Rivers Conservancy ensured the public would continue to have access to this prime stretch of fly water, and that development would never threaten fish habitat.