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

Latest Articles - All Articles

Fishing Report for the Madison River 6-24-2017

Summer has begun and the dry fly fishing on the Madison is starting to get good. The river is seeing lots of bugs flying around and the fish are eating them. In the mornings and afternoon look for PMD's, Gray drakes , some golden stones and salmon flies.

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Proper Fish Handling techniques
t’s a hot summer day in Ennis Montana and you’ve been on the river all day in pursuit of the mythical 20 inch brown that currently is in your net. This fish has eluded you all day, finally you get the chance to take a picture with it and show everyone just how good of an angler you are. You hoist the fish up, straight arm it towards the camera in hopes of making 20 look more like 24 inches, and ya..
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Our 5 Best Salmon Fly Dries for the Madison River

It is that time of year and everyone is salmon fly crazy around Montana.   People talk in hushed tones at the bars about where the hatch is and where they are eating the dry fly.  Of the thousands of fisherman that try and hit the hatch each year there are an equal number of theories on how to fish the hatch.

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Fishing report for the Madison River 6-17-2017

The Madison River is slowly starting to come back into shape.  The fishing will steadily get better as the week goes on with the falling water levels.  Nymph fishing is still your best bet for catching fish with streamers and pats rubber legs being the most productive. 

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