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Gear Up and Get Outdoors: What to Pack for Your Ennis Fly Fishing Adventure

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty and serenity of Ennis, Montana, while experiencing world-class fly fishing on the iconic Madison River ? As you prepare for your guided fly fishing excursion with The Tackle Shop, ensuring you have the right gear is essential for a successful and enjoyable day on the water. In this comprehensive packing guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to pack for your Ennis fly fishing adventure.

Clothing Essentials:

  1. Layered Clothing: Ennis weather can be unpredictable, so layering is key. Start with moisture-wicking base layers, add insulating mid-layers, and top it off with a waterproof jacket or shell to stay warm and dry.
  2. Waders and Wading Boots: Keep your feet dry and comfortable with a quality pair of waders and sturdy wading boots. We recommend breathable waders for warmer days and insulated ones for cooler temperatures.
  3. Sun Protection: Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat, polarized sunglasses to reduce glare on the water, and sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from the harsh Montana sun.
  4. Gloves: Protect your hands from the elements and potential sun burns with lightweight, water-resistant gloves.
  5. Headwear: A lightweight, moisture-wicking buff or neck gaiter can provide added sun protection for your neck and face.
  6. Extra Clothing: Pack an extra set of dry clothes in case you get wet or need to change after a long day on the river. We like to always carry rain gear.  Afternoon showers are common even in the summer.

Fishing Gear:

  1. Fly Rod and Reel: Ensure you have the appropriate rod and reel for the type of fishing you’ll be doing, whether it’s nymphing, dry fly fishing, or streamer fishing. As a general rule we like 9 foot rods in a 6 wt line to cut through the wind and throw big flies.
  2. Flies and Fly Box: Stock up on a variety of flies that match the hatch and local insect patterns. Keep them organized in a waterproof fly box to prevent damage.
  3. Leaders and Tippet: Bring a selection of leaders and tippet in various sizes to match different fishing conditions and fly sizes.
  4. Fly Floatant and Sinkant: Keep your dry flies riding high and your nymphs sinking low with quality floatant and sinkant.
  5. Tools and Accessories: Don’t forget essentials like nippers, forceps, hemostats, and a fly fishing net to help you land that trophy trout.

Snacks and Hydration:

  1. Water: Stay hydrated throughout the day by bringing an ample supply of water or a hydration pack. If on a guided trip with us we supply all the water and include a reusable water bottle that is yours to keep. 
  2. High-Energy Snacks: Pack lightweight, high-energy snacks like trail mix, energy bars, and fruit to keep you fueled and focused on the water.
  3. Lunch: Depending on the length of your fishing trip, pack a hearty lunch or opt for easy-to-eat snacks that won’t weigh you down. When fishing with a Tackle Shop guide we supply the best lunches on the river.

Other Essentials:

  1. Fishing License: Ensure you have a valid Montana fishing license before hitting the water.
  2. Camera or Smartphone: Capture memories of your Ennis fly fishing adventure with a waterproof camera or smartphone in a protective case.
  3. First Aid Kit: Be prepared for minor cuts, scrapes, or insect bites with a compact first aid kit.
  4. Map or GPS: Familiarize yourself with the area and bring a map or GPS device to navigate the river and surrounding terrain safely.  Now there are great mapping software apps that are on your smart phone.

Before you embark on your Ennis fly fishing adventure, be sure to visit The Tackle Shop’s website for any gear you may need. Our online store offers a wide selection of top-quality fly fishing gear, clothing, and accessories to ensure you’re fully equipped for a successful day on the water.

With the right gear and preparation, you’re ready to tackle the legendary waters of the Madison River  and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. So gear up, get outdoors, and get ready for the fly fishing experience of a lifetime with The Tackle Shop. We’ll see you on the river!

Visit The Tackle Shop’s website to gear up for your Ennis fly fishing adventure!

Fishing Reports and Trips

  • Fishing Reports

  • Want to know the most up-to-date information to find where the fish are biting? The Tackle Shop Fishing Reports provide you with a comprehensive look at current water conditions, recent hatches and flow data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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  • Float Trips

  • The Tackle Shop offers a range of full-day and half-day float trips in the Madison River Valley area. The trips are all-inclusive and cover files, rods, reels, waders and boots. Leave your worries behind and let us give you the fly fishing trip of a lifetime.

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  • Walk/Wade Trips

  • Enjoy one of our full-day or half-day walk and wade trips for a more immersive, slower-paced fly fishing experience. The Tackle Shop will cater to your individual needs so you are able to take in the sights and sounds of the best waters in Montana.

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