Mid Summer on the Madison River

Hoot Owl Ended on the Madison

Hoot Owl Regulations are Over on the Madison River

We got word today that Hoot Owl regulations from Eight Mile Ford to Ennis Lake have ended. This section of river is now open all day long.  There is still Hoot Owl regulations from Ennis Lake Dam downstream to 3 Forks.   The cool weather and longer dark periods have helped lower the water temps and move us into the safe zone.

Fishing Getting Better By the Day

We have been in the dog days of summer and fishing has suffered. Warm water temps , lack of hoppers, and no clouds have made the dry fly bite sporadic .  This is all getting better by the day.   The water temps are cooling off and some moisture and clouds are in the forecast .  If we get a few days with some clouds the dry fly fishing will pick up.  We are still doing good fishing a hopper with a caddis behind it. We like the X Caddis.  The fish feel comfortable taking this.   Ants are gaining popularity by the day.   Try a parachute ant in red and black. Nymph fishing is still the best bet to catch some fish. We are having the best luck with small silver nymphs.  Lightning bugs, jigs, and rainbow warriors are the name of the game.   We have been having some luck with small streamers as well. Zonkers and small sculpin patterns in the. mornings are producing some nice fish.

Fly Fishing Festival this Weekend

For those of you who do not know the Ennis Fly Fishing Festival is this weekend.  There is a great line up of speakers, instruction, food, music and fun for the entire family.   Manufacturer representatives  will be on hand and lots of great stuff in the auction.

Big Sale in the Fly Shop this Weekend

We will be having our once yearly sale this weekend.   Everything in the store will be on sale Saturday and Sunday.  It will be the best prices you see all year long so stock up on flies, lines or just get some early Christmas shopping done for the fisherman on your list.   30% Off everything in the store for this weekend only.


M Hopper, Juicy Hopper, Cloud 9 Hopper, Parachute Ant, Purple Haze, X Caddis, Goddard Caddis, Ant Acid


Lightning Bug, Rainbow Warrior, Jig Lightning Bug, Micro May,


Zonker, Dali Lama, Sparkle Minnow, Mini Loop.

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