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May 2nd, 2024

Montana Spring Snowpack Summary

Spring Snowpack Summary By: James “Jimbob” Terry As we roll into May (which is my birthday month for those wondering) snowpack across the state is looking less than ideal, but not dismal! The Upper Madison is looking good enough, and I think our nearby rivers are too. Keep in mind while reading these percentages are […]

-John Way
Lower Madison in Winter
April 28th, 2024

Still Water Ice Out Fly Fishing

Still Water Ice Out Fly Fishing By James “Jimbob” Terry There’s plenty to love about spring. The weather gets warmer, the days get longer, and angling opportunities broaden. Yellowstone National Park opens up (not for fishing until the third Saturday in May) for the critter watchers too. One of my personal favorite spring happenings is […]

-John Way
April 23rd, 2024

Introducing the Orvis Mirage LT: The Ultimate Companion for an Angler

As the manager of The Tackle Shop and Outfitter Service here in Ennis, Montana, I’ve had the privilege of testing out some of the finest equipment available to anglers. Among the array of reels that have crossed my path, the Orvis Mirage LT stands out as a true game-changer in the world of fly fishing. […]

-Riley Smith
Tarpon fly fishing
April 21st, 2024

Unlocking the Mysteries of Permit Fly Fishing in Belize

Welcome, fellow anglers, to the world of Permit fly fishing—a pursuit that combines skill, patience, and a touch of mystery. Today, we invite you to join us on a journey to the pristine flats of Belize, where the pursuit of Permit takes on a whole new level of excitement and challenge. The Allure of Permit […]

-Riley Smith
Mothers Day Caddis on River Bank
April 20th, 2024

Mastering the Art of Matching the Hatch: Mother’s Day Caddis Edition

The Mothers Day Caddis Might Just be the Madison Best Hatch As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to rise, fly fishermen eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring and the emergence of one of nature’s most captivating events: the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch on the Madison River. For anglers seeking to capitalize on […]

-John Way
April 19th, 2024

Beyond the Fly: Wildlife Encounters Along the Madison River

The Madison is More than Just a Fly Fishing River Embarking on a fly fishing adventure along the Madison River  isn’t just about hooking  trout—it’s also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wildlife that calls SouthWest Montana home. From majestic bald eagles soaring overhead to playful otters frolicking in the shallows, the Madison River […]

-John Way
2024 Fishing Regulations
April 16th, 2024

New Fishing Regulations on the Madison River

New Fishing Regulations on the Madison River Among a list of revisions to the Montana Fishing Regulations starting in the 2024/2025 season is a new set of rules on the upper Madison River, specifically from Varney Bridge to Ennis Lake. These rules specially pertain to hooks. Anglers are now required to fish barbless, single pointed […]

-John Way
April 24th, 2023

Spring in Ennis

Is This Spring? Well the calendar says spring and it is officially the end of April so we should be in spring but really it is 3rd winter.  We have seen a winter for the ages. There was snow in my back yard that melted this week that fell October 22.  Unheard of for Ennis. […]

-John Way
Madison River below Varney
April 17th, 2023

A Few Things to Look Forward to for the 2023 Fly Fishing Season

A Few Things To Look Forward To by Jim Bob Terry   As I’m sitting here in The Tackle Shop on April 15h  I’m also daydreaming of and looking forward to some great dry fly fishing soon to come. While we’re still a ways out from throwing big Salmonfly patterns or drifting hoppers against the […]

-John Way
Two women sit in a boat speaking to one another as they foat down a river during a trip with The Tackle Shop.
April 7th, 2023

Fishing Report for the Madison River 4-7

Nice Spring Weather on the Way for the Madison Spring is finally on the way here in the Madison Valley. Today it is over 50 and a string of nice days is in the forecast. This means only one thing.  Good spring fishing is on the horizon. Get it now while we have some spring. […]

-John Way
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