The Tackle Shop has been named The Orvis' 2017 Outfitter of the Year!

2017 Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year

For 80 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. Fish with the 2017 Orvis Outfitter of the Year.

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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. Come and fish with the 2017 Orvis Outfitter of the Year.

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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

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Madison River Fishing Report for 7-22-2017

The weekend has arrived and it's time to get out and fish the Madison river.  The fishing is still going strong even with the warmer temperatures and we have seen some truly nice fish being caught.  With the warm temperatures the best times to fish are in the mornings and in the evenings. PMD's, yellow sallies and caddis are still flying around along with the nocturnal golden stone, keeping the dry fly anglers busy all morning .

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Beat The Heat

 In Southwest Montana summer has arrived in full force! Now that we are sweating through our shirts it has become a popular topic in the shop. So let's shed some light on this subject! It's been up in the 90's for a couple days here and there, the average temp for July is 85 degrees, coincidentally the river's temperature has risen with the air temp. The river has been getting up to 71 degrees during some days and as low as 60 degrees at night. This raises some issues with the fishing and how to do it well in these trying heat waves. 

Fishing Report for the Madison river 7-15-2017
Happy weekend all, from the Madison river in Ennis Montana.  The fishing this week has been pretty spectacular. we are seeing lots of PMD's in the morning and the caddis are still going strong in the evenings. ..
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Five Cure's for the Common After Salmon Fly Blues

Salmon fly season is a crazy time for dedicated fisherman, guides and shop staff alike. The arctic like days are at their longest of the year, fishing late is the norm and taking out with headlamps at 10:30 is common practice to catch the evening rise and make the most of this special time. This leaves all involved drained physically and mentally right when the bulk of the season is still in front of us. Here are 5 reasons to recharge and heal up from the after salmon fly blues. 

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