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Shop Talk

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

Trip Report: El Pescador, Belize 2018

Belize is one of the most magical places a fly fisherman can experience. With this in mind we again hosted a weeklong trip to award winning El Pescador lodge in San Pedro. This is the third year in a row we hosted this trip and again it did not disappoint. 

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A little February weather change

It's a little cold and snowy on Main street this morning. Can't believe it was almost 50 degrees yesterday.

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Great day for a float

You can Fish the Madison in February?

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Madison River This Morning

Beautiful sunrise over the Madison this morning. River had a little slush but not bad and All boat ramps from Varney to Town remain accessible

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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. 

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