Welcome to The Tackle Shop

For 78 years The Tackle Shop has been serving fishermen on the Madison River. Take a moment to read about our history and who we are today. Meet the owner, John Way, and the friends we work with in Ennis, Montana. 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

Latest Articles - All Articles

What Do Our Fishing Guides Do in the Winter: Nicky Acosta

Do you ever wonder what fishing guides do in the winter.  Sure from April to November they are busy floating some of the best rivers on earth but what do they do the rest of the year.    Each guide is different and has carved out a specific life for themselves.  In this series we will take some of our favorite guides and let you know what they do to get through the long dark months between guide seasons.  

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Fishing Report Upper Madison River 2-1-2016

More seasonal weather has produced some good winter fishing on the Madison River.  The river is in good shape with not much gourging.  The gourging that has happened is mostly in the channels section below Valley Garden.  If you stay above that the water should be open with just the occasional shelf ice.  

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Fishing Report Upper Madison River 1-27-2016

More seasonal weather means good winter fishing on the Madison River.  Lots of great reports river wide.  Bobber lobbers are still king this time of year but some epic  winter.  dry fly fishing to midge hatches are right around the corner.  

Fishing Report Upper Madison River 1-17-2016

The long range weather monkey is saying a warm up in coming and that can spell some great winter fishing on the Madison River.  

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