The Tackle Shop has been named The Orvis' 2017 Outfitter of the Year!

The Tackle Shop Today


Today The Tackle Shop continues its rich tradition of serving Madison River fly fishermen. While the building has changed little over these first 78 years the business continues to change with the times. The one constant is the goal of serving the needs of the fly fisherman with the highest quality fly fishing tackle and service available. We stay true to that goal today just as it was when Elwood Combs opened the doors to fly fishermen 78 years ago.

Orvis remains the mainstay of our fishing tackle. It has been easy for us to maintain a relationship with a company such as Orvis that is focused on quality, customer service as well as giving back to the resource.  We believe the quality of Orvis tackle to be the best on the market.  The Orivs 100% customer satisfaction guarantee and 25 year guarantee on fly fishing rods to be the best in the industry.We also carry the best gear from many different manufacturers.  We personally test each item and only sell what we believe in. 

We have an exhaustive selection of dry flies, nymphs, streamers and terrestrials and are constantly adding additional product lines where we feel there are needs. We think you will find our fly tackle offering able to fulfill your every fly fishing need.

Shopping at The Tackle Shop just got easier with the addition of our Online Store. We are now able to offer a full line of Orvis as well as many of the most popular gear and clothing brands and Tackle Shop products available to you from your home or mobile app. Take a minute to visit the online store and see our latest products and offerings. When you order from the online store or on the phone, you pay Montana sales tax (0%) and The Tackle Shop will pay shipping on all orders over $50. Always remember, if you have a question just give us a call and we will be glad to help.

Read about the Waters We Fish. While our main focus is the local waters of Southwest Montana and specifically the Madison River, we offer so much more for the fly fisherman searching for trout in Montana. Get to know a little more about the waters we fish and see if anything special peaks your interest. You may just want to fish them all!

You will see exciting changes in our Outfitting Services and guided float fishing trips for 2015. First and foremost, we ARE the Madison River specialists and have been serving fly fishermen here for 78 years and will continue to provide great guide service to our valued clients. We also hold the coveted Orvis Endorsed Outfitter.  When it comes to taking a float fishing trip on the Madison River or an exhilarating trip through the Bear Trap Canyon, nobody does it better.

The expansive outfitting expertise of owner John Way has allowed The Tackle Shop to venture across Montana and include guided fly fishing on the best waters in Montana. If you would like to do overnight trips on the Smith River we can get that done. Want to see more of the great fly fishing waters in Montana and meet some new and interesting fish? Try our "Montana Safari" and wade and float fish your way across the best of western Montana. Would you like to have a fly fishing school, instruction centered, experience and return home a better fisherman? Just let us know. Our individualized instruction options will take your trout fishing to a whole new level. We have even added services for the hunting enthusiast. Visit our Guided Fishing section to learn more about our guided fly fishing opportunities.

The Tackle Shop now offers many ways to stay in touch in our The Tackle Shop Blog section. From Tackle Shop Blog you can read our blog,  check out the latest fishing report for the Madison River and other blue ribbon waters, join our friends on Facebook, twitter, instagram,  or Google Plus. Our Contact Us form will also allow you to ask questions, you can email us, or just do it the old fashioned way and give us a call or stop by. Visit our Tackle Shop Blog pages and enjoy the conversation.

Looking for the most current fishing conditions? Go to The Tackle Shop Fishing Reports and get the latest information on water conditions, hatches, and fly fishing success. Make it a frequent stop, you can never have too much information.

Take some time to visit all the corners of the website and learn more about who we are and what we do. We would love the opportunity to meet you so stop by the shop if you are in Ennis, or give us a call. We love to talk fly fishing and the outdoors.