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

Dog days and tiny treats.
With the month of August rolling through we have had good reports of Callibaetis and Trico's out on the lake.  If you seek a little more movement in your fly line than the still water pursuit the upper Madison has been producing well and good news if you are planning on hitting the river this week flows bounced back with a little more volume and should stay that way for a couple of days befor..
With each passing day through the heart of August
With each passing day through the heart of August the question we get at the shop the most is what access point has the most hopper's.  Good news bad news is I have yet to hear about one specific section of the river having the banks loaded up with hopper's, but everyday I hear reports of the fish taking hopper's.  They are out there just a little distance up the hill with wandering inse..
Crawling or hopping into August?
Standing on the banks of the river in shorts well quickly bring a reminder of the progress ant colonies have made this summer.  August is officially upon us and for me it has always signaled a time to look to the shrubs and grass before the seine net.  Yes there are ants along the rivers edge and some patterns have been effective but what is more tantalizing is a coworker's first hand ex..
A Madison river destination
Being my first season here in the Madison Valley there are several things that I am impressed with.  Whether it be the sheer number of insects in one of the intense hatches or how many different hatches you well see going on at the same time.  It is also amazing to see all of the people dedicated to finding trout on a fly come through town.  Whe..
Good nights creating good dry fly bites.
FlyAgra and Dust for the tips of fresh Leaders. With the appearance of the nocturnal's skittering around at night the trout have really set their eyes in an up position.  We have had a lot of people coming in stocking up on Chubby Chernobyl's Purple Haze and Elk Hair Caddis to name a few.  It seems the warm days have the fish taking a nap around one pm but that energy being saved is unle..
Clear and dry blue bird sky
The weather decided to help out the raising water temperatures with a cold front the last couple of days.  Despite the weather change people have been coming in saying that they have been doing good.  If you find your self in the midst of a thunderstorm and cloudy weather don't be afraid to throw a Woollybugger San Juan worm or a streamer.  The unexpected rise in water can dislodge ..
Happy 4th of July
I always wondered if trout saw the flash on fly patterns the same way my childhood dog saw the shine of the sparkler that she bit and burned her mouth on.  On a serious note I would like to wish everyone a fun, safe and happy 4th of July.  Being Independence Day I would also like to take a moment to say Thank You to all of the Men and Woman that have served and protected this great Count..
Blue and strawberry lit rivers flowing towards epic Birthday's
    Ennis the town I now call home is officially in summer mode.  Drift boats and RVs pass the store front as people are out with a common goal in mind, to enjoy this beautiful time of year.  As a child summer meant fishing vacations with my Grandparents labeled as my Grandfather's little fishing buddy while visiting his favorite lakes. &nb..
Riverside news
     The amount of bug activity along the banks of the river is definitely in full swing.  Ton's of caddis followed closely by Yellow Sally with a few march brown along the banks as well.  The Yellow Sally Are paired up in the tall grass and have already been seen hitting the water to drop some eggs along with large numbers of caddis dipping into the stream.  The numb..
The rolling and tumbling stone.

Three quick tips to catch trout right before The Salmonfly hatch.

The Salmonfly hatch should be right around the corner and you have heard reports of one or two bugs spotted, Yes you can feel adrenaline hit your blood stream, as you

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