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

Satisfaction

100% GUARANTEED

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.

LET US HELP!

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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With each passing day through the heart of August
With each passing day through the heart of August the question we get at the shop the most is what access point has the most hopper's.  Good news bad news is I have yet to hear about one specific section of the river having the banks loaded up with hopper's, but everyday I hear reports of the fish taking hopper's.  They are out there just a little distance up the hill with wandering inse..
Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 8-14-2016

Even with the hot weather and pressure the Madison River continues to produce day in and day out.  That is why this is one of the most amazing rivers on the planet.   The Dam People cut the flows from last week and have settled on a flow that should see us through for a while.   It is sitting just over 1000 Cfs at Varney and that is right in the money spot for my liking.   Traffic on the river has been heavy but not unusually so.

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Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 8-7-2016

The river has been on an up and downs spiral of water levels this past week and through it all the Madison River has consistently fished will.  

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Crawling or hopping into August?
Standing on the banks of the river in shorts well quickly bring a reminder of the progress ant colonies have made this summer.  August is officially upon us and for me it has always signaled a time to look to the shrubs and grass before the seine net.  Yes there are ants along the rivers edge and some patterns have been effective but what is more tantalizing is a coworker's first hand ex..