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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Good nights creating good dry fly bites.
FlyAgra and Dust for the tips of fresh Leaders. With the appearance of the nocturnal's skittering around at night the trout have really set their eyes in an up position.  We have had a lot of people coming in stocking up on Chubby Chernobyl's Purple Haze and Elk Hair Caddis to name a few.  It seems the warm days have the fish taking a nap around one pm but that energy being saved is unle..
Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 7-24-2016

Even with the heat we have been seeing the Madison River has hung in there and continues to impress.   Nocturnal stone flies are river wide and are producing some really good dry fly fishing in the morning hours

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Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 7-19-2016

Fishing continues to hold in there even with the big change from snow a week or so ago to heat now.  Nocturnal stones have made an appearance along with tons of caddis, a solid may fly hatch mid morning and still some yellow sallies bumping around.  All in all it is fishing well. 

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Clear and dry blue bird sky
The weather decided to help out the raising water temperatures with a cold front the last couple of days.  Despite the weather change people have been coming in saying that they have been doing good.  If you find your self in the midst of a thunderstorm and cloudy weather don't be afraid to throw a Woollybugger San Juan worm or a streamer.  The unexpected rise in water can dislodge ..