Two men hold fish while standing in a Montana river as a boat floats in the background during a trip with The Tackle Shop.

Spring Stay and Fish Special

A man holds a fish while standing in a boat floating down a river during a fly fishing trip with The Tackle Shop.

Pre-Runoff Fly Fishing Without the Crowds

Fly fishing in Montana between March 1 and April 30 is like no other fly fishing experience in the world. During this time of year, fly fishermen have the best chance of catching fish, and there are fewer people around than at other times of the year. The river is cool and low, and the fish are hungry after a long winter. While typically nymph fishing we do get some great hatches of skwala stone flies, Mothers Day Caddis, Blue Winged Olives, and March Browns. This idyllic fly fishing break will restore your spirit and is guaranteed to be something you’ll always remember. This is our guides’ favorite time to fish Montana. Come once in the spring, and you will see why. Make sure you bring along friends or family, as it makes fly fishing even more enjoyable!



$1,967 for 1-2 anglers


Rates Include:
All gear and lunches, a $200 gift card to McAllister Steakhouse and Bar, and local transportation are included. We can pick you up at the hotel every day of your trip.


Not included:
Fishing license fees and guide gratuities are not included.


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Interior of a room at the McAllister Inn in Ennis, Montana with two queen beds and wood plank vaulted ceilings.

Where You'll Stay

Just a short drive straight up US-287 N, the McAllister Inn awaits with 10 nicely appointed rooms for lodging after a long day fishing on the river. Kick back, relax, and unwind in either a king room or double queen suite before your next day’s adventure on the water.

Hotel Amenities: Flatscreen TVs, air conditioning, a refrigerator, a microwave, USB outlets, and on-site laundry.

12-ounce ribeye steak with a side of vegetables and a baked potato from McAllister Steakhouse and Bar in Ennis, MT.

What You'll Eat

What’s For Lunch: We pride ourselves on our guide boat lunches, which are the best lunches on the river. When it is cool outside, get ready for a grilled and warm streamside lunch to warm you up.

What’s For Dinner: At McAllister Steakhouse & Bar, you can refuel with yummy starters like chicken wings or a crispy walleye sandwich. Wash it all down with a great selection of wines, cocktails, bourbon, and beer. Then, top it all off with one of the house-made desserts.

What to Bring

  • Fly fishing in Montana is a world-class experience! When preparing for a guided fly fishing trip, it is essential to bring the appropriate gear. In the spring, Montana weather can change by the minute, so the proper gear is essential. Take a look at our online fly shop for a full line of Orvis products, as well as many of the most popular gear and clothing brands available.

Korkers I Drain Neoprene Guard Wading Sock


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Orvis Clearwater Fly Rod-Freshwater


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Orvis Clearwater Rod Reel Boxed Outfit


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Orvis Clearwater Large Arbor Reel


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Korkers Buckskin Lightweight Wading Boot


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Fishpond Eddy River Hat


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Orvis Pro Textured Fly Line


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The Full List Is Available to Buy Online

Missouri River Snow Storm

Great fishing in a Montana spring snowstorm! I was scheduled to fish the Bitterroot River, but rain and snowmelt had drastically raised the river overnight. John Way, owner, outfitter, and guide of The tackle Shop, suggested we fish the Missouri River instead. When we arrived it was snowing dime-sized flakes sideways and the temperature was 30 degrees. We fished for almost 9 hours. My hands were cold, but the fishing was exccellent. I caught 18 to 20 trout 15 inches to 20 inches. John's knowledge of the river, and his friendly competence made the day enjoyable.

j stewart, Orvis.com

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