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What Do Our Fishing Guides Do in the Winter: Nicky Acosta

Do you ever wonder
what our fishing guides do in the winter?
Sure from April to November they are busy floating some of the best
rivers on earth but what do they do the rest of the year?  Each guide is different and has carved out a
specific life for themselves.   In this
series we will take some of our favorite guides and let you know what they do
to get through the long dark months between guide seasons.

Nick Acosta:

    Many of you know
Nick as our right hand man around the shop and a darn good fishing guide for us
on the Madison River.  He is one of our
most requested guides because of his fish finding ability, easy going attitude
and great instruction while fishing.  He
is a true pro that works really hard during the season and lives the fish bum
life.

During the
off-season, Nick Acosta migrates south like the ducks. He spends his time in
Sonora, Mexico, where his family runs a cattle ranch and a hunting lodge, Rancho El Palomar. Back in the 1950s,
Nick’s grandfather was the first dove hunting guide in the area. Nick and his
father, Felipe, continue the family tradition in the town of Alamos, at the
southern tip of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Nick grew up at Rancho El Palomar, learning
first to be a bird boy and eventually becoming a guide for guests who return
year after year for a truly exceptional dove hunting experience.

Nick and Felipe begin scouting local
fields for doves in November. The season runs from the end of November through
the beginning of March, when guests flock to Rancho El Palomar for exclusive
access to the lodge and premium hunting locations. During the season, Nick
guides two hunts per day, maintains firearms for the lodge and its guests, and
helps his father run the family business. He is lucky enough to do what he
loves year-round: fishing the Madison in the summer and hunting the Sierra
Madres in the winter. A sportsman’s dream.

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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