Welcome to The Tackle Shop

For 79 years The Tackle Shop has been helping fly fisherman on the Madison River with guides, the best gear and local advice. Outfitter and fly shop in Ennis Mt. We live in a very special part of the world, a place we call home. Let The Tackle Shop be "your home on the Madison River".

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Orvis Endorsed Guided Fishing

The Tackle Shop Outfitting and Guide Services are focused on building memories. We want your guided trip or fly fishing instruction to be dominated by the adventure of the day and the fulfillment of your dreams. You will take home lifetime memories and relationships. Check out our many memory opportunities, especially our new Destination Fishing and Montana Sampler.

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Our Online Fly Shop

The Tackle Shop Online store is your home for quality Orvis tackle, clothing, giftware, and great service. In addition we have a full line of quality flies, tackle, and clothing in all the fishy brands you love. Take advantage of Montana's sales tax (0%) and free shipping (orders over $50) when ordering anything from our store. Browse the store to see our latest selection.

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Fishing Reports

The Key to success is knowledge. Let us share our knowledge of the Madison River and other Montana Blue Ribbon Waters. We will keep you up to date on flows, hatches and suggested flies and techniques to make your trip more successful.

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Free Shipping

on orders over $50

Buy $50 or more from our online fly shop and we will pay the shipping as well as the sales tax. Save a few dollars while being assured your purchase supports a Montana Small Business



If you are not 100% Satisfied with your purchase or your service from The Tackle Shop just let us know we will be happy to return, replace or refund you.


Not sure of the gear you will need

From Montana to Mongolia and everywhere else in between one of our crew has probably been there. We can help with the right gear to make that trip of a lifetime, or an afternoon on the local water more successful.

43 years ago I walked into The Tackle Shop for the first time and began my love affair with the Madison River. The river fishes today as good or better than it ever did and the service at The Tackle Shop has never been better. John, I thank you for making my Madison River experience beyond my expectations every year. See you this summer and every summer in the future.

- Ray

John and his crew at The Tackle Shop are not only extremely knowledgeable about the fishing in the area, they're also just a great bunch of people who are genuinely happy to share their expertise while making friends and connections. The store has an excellent selection of gear, and it's one of the few places where I can find quality clothing made with fly fishing women in mind

- Kelly

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Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 9-28-2016

It is not hard to see why fall Fly fishing on the Madison River is such a great time.  The water has cooled off significantly in fact, the best fishing has been after 11 am.  Bankers hours fishing, beautiful scenery and big aggressive fish make fall wonderful.    Streamers and nymphs have been the name of the game and some have still been throwing hoppers and having great days.   The cooler weather last week sure help put the fish and foliage in fall mode

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Transitional times
The cool nip that holds in the morning air from the night before is lasting longer these days.  Drives into work reminds us that shorter days and longer nights are on the horizon.   A full moon in the recent past and soon the above mentioned transitions should reset the fishes clocks into the power hours of feeding. September is a time of year many look forward to for the veracious appet..
Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 9-18-2016

Fishing and the Madison River in general is in full fall mode and we could not be happier.   While the flows are lower than most would like and many of the mid river rocks are slowly being painted white from drift boat bottoms the Madison River is in good  shape.  In fact fishing has been best during bankers hours.  The fish start eating with the first mayflies emergence about say 1030 in the morning and continue on till about 5.  All very civilized.  

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Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 9-6-2016

The rapid cool down and rainy fall like conditions are just what The Madison River needed to jumpstart the fish into the happy fall zone.  Barring summers return we will see fall like fishing going forward.  This rain, snow up high and cooler weather dropped the river temps and energized the fish.   What does this mean for fishing going forward this week?  The powers that be at the dam just sent around an email saying that they are lowering flows yesterday and today.  Where they will keep the river is anyones guess.  But with cooler weather and no need to pulse the bear trap I am thinking they will cut our upper river down significantly for the fall.  

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