Welcome to The Madison River

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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Family Fun

Rest assured that when you book your fishing trip on the Madison River or any other Montana River with us the name of the game is fun

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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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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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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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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

 6 basic nymphs to fill your fly box and catch fish
    A lot of fishing this time of year on the Madison river is done with nymphs and there are a ton of patterns to choose from.  So what is an angler to do? Fly fishing  anglers would love to have a fly box filled with every nymph pattern that they make but lets face it flies are not cheap. Most anglers can't afford to buy every pattern in every size. As an angler one..
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Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 4-19-2017

The continued spring like weather brings great fishing to the Madison River.   The fish are happy and the water is cold so it is a good time to be  a fisherman in Montana.  Nymphing will keep the rod bent most of the day.  Standard spring fare of stone flies, worms, BWO nymphs and eggs will keep you into fish.  

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Fishing Report for the Madison River Ennis Montana 4-14-2017

Fishing report for the Madison River Ennis Montana April 14th 2017. The river as a whole has been fishing fairly well. It is  still mostly a nymphing game with worm and egg patterns still being the most productive. but the water temperatures have started to reach the high 40's through out the day.

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The Importance of Clean,Drain,Dry
Across the nation AIS ( Aquatic invasive species) are threatening aquatic habitats. Lakes,Rivers and streams are threatened by species such as Asian Carp, Rock Snot, Hydrilla and Zebra Mussels. When Boaters and anglers Clean,Drain and Dry their equipment after every outing on the water they can help prevent the spread of AIS. In Montana we are blessed with many amazing rivers to fish all within a ..
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