The Tackle Shop Outfitters, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Ennis, Montana

The Tackle Shop Outfitters, MT


Located in Ennis, on the banks of the famous Madison River, and set between the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Yellowstone Rivers, The Tackle Shop has been the leader in fly-fishing and guided-fishing trips on the Madison since 1937. Known as experts in helping fisherman on the Madison, we specialize in instructional guided experiences. Don't miss our traveling road tours in the spring on the Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Bitterrot, Clark Fork, and Blackfoot Rivers. The best way to experience multiple rivers on just one trip. Expert guided excursions with a full-line Orvis Store, 2002 Orvis Guide of the year, and 2001 Orvis Outfitter of the Year.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 10 reviews


10 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Quality Guides! - 11/17/2014
    By: from Oregon

    John Way runs a great fly shop and an outstanding guide business. He and Guide Mike Elliott are capable, enthusiastic, patient, and knowledgeable--all while making me and my family feel comfortable about our varying skill levels. Solid, solid guys and GOOOOOOD fishermen.

  • 5/5

    The Tackle Shop is outstanding! - 9/8/2013
    By: from Kansas City, MO, USA

    Not only did John at The Tackle Shop arrange for our guide to be Mike, (the best guide we have ever had!) but he suggested The Riverside Motel, the Gravel Bar for dinner, and the little drugstore cafe right across the street for morning biscuits and gravy! John took the time to make sure it was the perfect fly fishing trip for us in Ennis and on the Madison River!

  • 5/5

    A Day on the Blackfoot - 7/30/2013
    By: from Sacramento, CA, USA

    Had a great day on the Blackfoot River with John from The Tackle Shop. It was our first time fishing this river—he was very professional and knowledgeable of the area. We consistently caught fish. I look forward to the next drift with The Tackle Shop crew. See you next summer (or sooner).

  • 5/5

    Fantastic Experience - 7/26/2013
    By: from St. Louis, MO, USA

    Renting equipment was great - helpful, informative and pleasant. Then a day on the Madison with "Dirt" Mike Elliott was more than I ever hoped for - he has a great knowledge of the river and land and fish, techniques for fishing and catching too! Wonderful insights connected fishing to life, and the day couldn't have been any better. He was safe and efficient, great lunch, a quality man! So great and grateful! Mike provided Montana memories with a fab flare! Highly recommend him...and Tackle Shop folks too.

  • 5/5

    Great Day on the Madison - 7/17/2013
    By: from New York

    My wife and I had an awesome day thanks to John Way and the guys at The Tackle Shop. Great river, great fishing, great lunch!

  • 5/5

    tough fishing, good guide - 5/26/2013
    By: from Boise, ID, USA

    A storm system had come in the the night before with some rain and wind. The fish were off the bite compared with the last few days. However, our guide Mike Elliott was able to get fish in the boat by constantly changing techniques, rigs and flies. Mike is a great guide and a fun guy to fish with. He not only knows the Madison River but most of the other well known and "secret" waters in Montana. This is the second time we have fished with Mike and will continue to use him in future trips.

  • 5/5

    Outstanding Trip to the Madison - 7/3/2012
    By: from Monterey, CA, USA

    Just finished a 4 day 6 boat trip to Ennis MT and the Madison River. Our group ranged in skill and experience. All guides were exceptional in their knowledge and technical skill, representing The Tackle Shop and Orvis with a first class experience both in the shop meeting gear needs and on the river meeting our fishing needs. In particular John Way hand picked guides that he knew would connect with our group at a personal level. John was able to guide one day and created the "best ever" float trip for my best friend who is an experienced angler but not an experience technical fly caster. Each day they kept us in the fish and provided flexible floats that gave us an a chance to experience the Salmon Fly hatch on different pieces of the Madison without congestion from other boats. A great trip that I hope to repeat soon. Mike Gilroy

  • 5/5

    The Best Fishing Guide in Montana - 6/27/2012
    By: from San Antonio, TX, USA

    Montana is one of our favorite places to vacation in the summer. We get away from the Texas heat for a little while and we also get to enjoy great fly fishing and the gorgeous scenery. The best place to book a guided fly fishing trip is the Tackle Shop in Ennis, Montana. The Tackle Shop has anything and everything you would need to spend the day on the Madison, or any other river, and catch fish. The guides are the best in Montana with a wealth of information to help you catch the big fish of your dreams. Every person working at the Tackle Shop is helpful, professional and knowledgeable. Take a trip to Montana and book a guided fishing trip with the Tackle Shop; you can't go wrong!

  • 5/5

    Great experience - 6/22/2012
    By: from Texas

    John and his staff are outstanding. Just got home from our trip to Montana and I’m already thinking of ways to get back up there. We all had a great time and every aspect of the trip far exceeded our expectations. The scenery was awesomely spectacular as was the fishing. This was all made even more enjoyable by the professionalism and expertise of you and your staff. I’ve been very fortunate in that with my business I get to travel, see, and do some very neat things. This trip is easily ranks tops of anything I’ve ever done. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking for a way to get away, relax, and enjoy some quality time with great people in the most beautiful place in the world. You certainly have it all. Good Fishing, and God Bless, Texan

  • 5/5

    Epic fly-fishing float trip - 5/30/2012

    Owner John Way and his very capable & competent guides and staff provided us great May MT Madison River fishing experiences, including a full day river float for 4 guys (ages 36 to 70), and guidance/tackle for walk and wade days in the area. Professional, competent, patient, safe and knowledgeable. Oh by the way, very fun too!!!

The Tackle Shop Outfitters
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitters

127 Main Street, P.O. Box 625
Ennis, MT 59729
Fax: 406-682-7729

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