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February 9th, 2021

5 Fishy Father’s Day Gifts Under 50 Bucks

With Father’s Day approaching we are seeing a steady stream of traffic looking for the perfect gift for the fishing father.   Many of these fathers are already customers and have most of the needed gear for any day on the water.   Also many of the people shopping for Dad do not know what …

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February 9th, 2021

Guest Blog: Guides Fishing With Guides….

Guides Fishing With Guides… Tackle Shop guides don’t just guide the Madison, even though it is undeniably the capitol of the fly fishing world. In April, John Way called me up and said, “Scrunch, let’s go fish the Bitterroot today. I have to guide it tomorrow.” I had been on it for a quite a …

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February 9th, 2021

10 Best Dry Fly’s for June on the Madison River

The 10 Best Dry Fly’s for June on the Madison River. June in Montana is a special time, not quite summer yet but not spring.   Sort of an in between time where you can expect snow one day and 70 and sunny the next.  An epic battle between spring and summer played out each day …

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February 9th, 2021

Guest Blog: The River that Makes No Sense

The River That Makes No Sense….. Nicky Acosta and I were grabbing dinner at the Mccallister Inn after a day on the Madison. I was commenting that I had worked an island that looked perfect. The water in front it formed a perfect shelf with good depth plus good current. The water below and to …

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February 9th, 2021

Ennis Montana Brew and Spirit Festival

If there was not enough reason to visit Ennis Montana on May 16 besides the opening of the Upper Madison River to fishing there is also the Tap in to Ennis Brew and Spirit Festival.  This is hosted by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce and is held in Lyons Club Park.  There will be over …

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February 9th, 2021

Lat. 45 Adventure Ministries Fishing Derby

On this past Saturday Lat. 45 Adventure Ministries held their first annual fishing derby, fundraiser and banquet here in Ennis.  Lat 45 is a local non profit that is dedicated to taking kids on no cost multi day back packing trips.  They feel that by getting kids away from modern conveniences and expose them to …

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February 9th, 2021

Fishing Gear for the Madison Wind

Springtime in southwest Montana is honestly one of the best times to fish.  However with the arrival of spring comes the dreaded windy days.  Many anglers don’t think about the gear they’re using but still head out to the river with gale force winds.  Chances are these folks give up 10 casts into their day …

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February 9th, 2021

Fishing in The Wind

First off, Happy Easter! I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Sunday and are now about to sit down and enjoy a nice meal.  Everyone has their own ways of celebrating the resurrection of the Almighty; Mine, as you may have guessed is spending some quality time on the river. Given the winds were upwards of 20mph, …

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February 9th, 2021

Streamer Fishing the Madison

Being a self diagnosed streamer addict, I was eager to get up to Ennis and throw big streamers for browns. Hailing from Colorado, Montana was known as the streamer fishing mecca.  I’d hear stories and see pictures of prehistoric brown trout being landed with 5 inches of rabbit, schlapen and marabou hanging from his mouth.  …

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February 9th, 2021

10 Early Spring Patterns for Montana Fish

10 Early Spring Patterns for Montana Fish. While the calendar might say it is still winter but thanks to some El Nino fueled warm days the river and the fisherman are starting to wake up.  Good fishing can be found across much of Montana during this time of year and eager local fisherman after a …

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