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May is a month of change here on the Madison River. The last gasps of old man winter still make his appearance known. The valley floor turns almost neon green and chases the receding snow up the mountain. You are awaken to birds singing outside your window for the first time in months and the prospect of summer is seen more and more each day.
What I most like about May is that the town of Ennis comes to life. Seasonal residents return to town. Cars passing on Main Street are followed by drift boat trailers and have rod vaults on top. A stark contrast to the snow mobile trailers and ski racks of just a month ago. May is the month that Ennis changes from a sleepy cowboy town to a bustling trout town.
Lots of news this month including some really great happenings in Madison Country. It is a great time to be alive in Montana.
Grab a seat and immerse yourself in everything fly fishing, Montana and the Madison River. We have the front seat in the boat ready for you.
2017 Orvis Fly Fishing Outfitter of the Year
We are very honored to be awarded the Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Outfitter of the Year Award at the annual Guides Rendezvous in Missoula. This is a huge award and we are extremely honored and humbled by this. The other nominees are some of the best in the industry. We would like to thank Orvis, our hard working guides and staff and most importantly our great guests for making this happen. We are extremely grateful for all of you.
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May on the Missouri River
While all the rivers in Montana will be high and muddy during the remainder of May we concentrate on fishing the Missouri River. The Big Mo is the world's largest spring creek. A tail water by nature the clean consistent flows make for good fishing when most of the other rivers are blown out. We concentrate our efforts near Craig Montana another great trout town. If you are getting the itch and want to bend a rod the big rainbows of the Mo should not be missed. Give us a call at the store and let's explore the Missouri River.
Madison River News
It is looking like a good water year ahead!
As of May 9 we are sitting at 110% of snow pack. For all of you who did the snow dance this winter thank you. In fact most of the rest of Montana is well above average for this time of year. Here is to a great water year in the Making!
Salmon Fly Hatch a month away!
The biggest hatch of the year is just over a month away. We are getting calls daily asking about when the salmon flies will be hatching on the Madison River and what the water level will be. Our official Tackle Shop Ouija board says June 22 in Ennis and the river will be high but clear. If you have not made your plans to hit this hatch now is the time.
The Prince of the Madison is Back
After a winter of guiding bird hunts on the family ranch in Mexico and leading 5 Cuba trips for Orvis, our number one guide Nick Acosta "the price of the Madison" has returned to Ennis. His nick name comes from being the son of a legendary Madison River Guide Felipe. Thus he was born into guiding royalty. Nick will spend his summer making guest appearances in the store, but most of his time will be spent doing what he does best guiding folks into great experiences. His ultimate sportsmans lifestyle means he will be back to Mexico and Cuba in the fall. If your interested in spending a day with Nick on the Madison give us a call.
Tap into Ennis Brew and Spirit Festival May 20
If you are in Montana on May 20 and appreciate good beer or spirits Ennis is the place to be. The Chamber of Commerce is again hosting the Tap into Ennis Brew and Spirit Festival at Lyons Club Park. Lots of fun for the entire family with food, music, kids games and of course lots of refreshments.
More info Ennis Chamber
Great Gear for Spring Fishing
Being the Orvis Outfitter of the Year It is easy to get carried away and over confident. It is the perfect time to address things we do not do well and make plans on improvement. From new lighting in the store and a computer guide scheduling system we are constantly in get better mode. The one thing we strive for is to give the best customer experience possible.
To all of you who have helped over the last 7 years, wrote reviews, lent a ear when needed and most of all trusted us with your fly fishing vacation we are extremely grateful and Thank You.
As always if we can help in any way please let us know.
Good Fishing and God Bless,
John & Kayla Way
The Tackle Shop