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

Shop Talk

Musings and other mental wanderings from inside the Tackle Shop in Ennis Montana

The Tackle Shop Fly Fishing Guide Nick Acosta

Get to know our fly fishing guide Nick Acosta

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2017 Montana Fly Fishing Highlights Video

Enjoy a short video on the highlights from our guided trips in 2017.   Lots of guests and guides having fun as well as some beautiful fish and spectacular scenery.  

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Felt or Rubber for Winter Fishing

A couple of day ago I piled into a fishing rig with friends Bill and Aj . We were heading out to do some winter fishing on the upper Madison. Winter fishing can bring on its own set of problems and as we neared our destination the snow started to fall with more frequency and the thermometer read 19 degrees.

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5 Stocking Stuffers For The Angler On Your Christmas List

Shopping for the angler on your list can be tricky. Here are 5 ideas to fill their stockings with holiday cheer.

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Chasing winter dreams on the Madison River

Winter can be a great time of year for some. With hunting season coming to a close most of us retreat to the den and spend our time sipping whiskey next to the fire, dreaming of our next adventure in the great outdoors. Some dreams wonder towards fishing. For most the dreams are a far off reminder of fish that got away and the need to chase after them. However there are some that decide that the dreams can be reality and they dust off their fly rods and head out braving the winter weather. The Madison river is one of those places where you can chase that dream.

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. 

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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2017 Orvis Outfitter of the Year--The Tackle Shop

We are very honored and humbled to be awarded the 2017 Orvis Outfitter of the Year Award at the Guides Rendezvous this past April.  This is a huge award and a goal of all Orvis Endorsed Operations world wide.  

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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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