Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Ennis, Montana

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The Tackle Shop Outfitters

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitters

Phone icon800-808-2832 Phone icon406-682-4263 Email iconinfo@thetackleshop.com Link iconthetackleshop.com
127 Main Street
Ennis, MT 59729
P.O. Box 625
Ennis, MT 59729

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The Story

The Tackle Shop in Ennis, Montana, was honored to be recognized as the 2017 Orvis Outfitter of the Year. We believe all fly fishing should start with a healthy dose of fun. We feel there are no bad days with a fly rod in hand. We love the Madison River, and aspire to show others its grandeur. Our fly shop sits just a long cast away from the Madison River, near Yellowstone National Park. There are more Blue Ribbon Rivers within an hour's drive of Ennis, than anywhere in the world. On the Madison or any other Montana water, we thrive on educational, fun, fly-fishing experiences with fun, mature guides. Float, wade, or walk: Our guides connect every guest with unforgettable experiences in breathtaking settings.

We love Montana and want to share this great landscape with others. Our fly shop, the oldest in Montana, has helped four generations of anglers be more successful. Our location in Ennis provides the perfect base camp to hit all the famed rivers of Southwest Montana, including the Madison, Yellowstone, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Jefferson, Ruby, and Yellowstone National Park. Want to wade fish a small stream? We can do that. Want to hit all the legendary rivers? Yes, we can help.

Our long season, our cadre of great, fun guides, and our central location make us the preferred destination for anglers in Montana. Fish, connect and, explore with the experts at The Tackle Shop.

Our fly shop, The Tackle Shop, is located a long cast from the banks of the world famous Madison River in Ennis, Montana. We are located only an hour from both Yellowstone National Park and the Bozeman, Montana airport.

The Tackle Shop was established in 1937 and has been helping fly fisherman in the same location since that time. Many of our guests are fourth generation and have made the Tackle Shop their home on the Madison River. Stop by our website and read the fascinating history of the Tackle Shop.

There are more great fly shops in Montana than anywhere else in the world. What sets us apart is not our history but our friendly attitude and world class customer service. Our shop staff and guides are all highly educated professionals who chose this profession because they excel at sharing their love of fishing and Montana with others.

Our fly shop is a full line Orvis dealer and if we do not have what you need, we will happily get it for you. We also carry all the popular fishing and outdoor gear from many manufacturers. We pride ourselves on having the area’s most complete fly selection along with waders, boots, apparel, and terminal tackle to keep you out on the water.

We are happy to be your Montana concierge. We book other activities such as hiking, horseback riding, white water rafting, airport shuttles, and Yellowstone and Virginia City tours. We have a large list of lodging providers we work with to create your Montana dream vacation. From rustic all inclusive elegance to local clean hotels and guest ranches to the perfect camping spot we can help. Our local Big Sky/Ennis airport only a few miles from town, can handle most private planes and jets and we provide services right from the tarmac.

Come on down to the old west town with a serious fishing problem and walk through the same doors that fisherman have been walking through for generations, in the heart of down town Ennis, Montana. Look for the world’s largest dry fly on the roof.


Our season usually starts in March 15 with dry fly fishing with the Skwala stone fly. April is an awesome month with blue-winged olives, Skwala and midges. May brings the famed Mother's Day Caddis Hatch. June has the salmon flies, golden stones, caddis and PMD's to delight anglers. July our most popular month has golden stones, tons of caddis, PMD's. August is all about terrestrials. Hoppers, ants, and spruce moths. September continues the terrestrial fishing with fall blue-winged olives and October caddis. October is blue-winged olives, October caddis and streamers. We get a great run of lake brown trout coming up the Madison River to spawn. These very large brown trout are aggressive and attack streamers. October is the best month to catch the brown trout of a lifetime with many over 24 inches.


Because we fish multiple river systems on both sides of the Continental Divide our species list is quite long. Depending on the river we choose to fish each day, we routinely catch rainbow trout, brown trout as well as bookie, whitefish, grayling and bull trout.


Our fly shop is just one long cast away from the world famous Madison River. We guide from the shop on the Blue Ribbon Madison, Yellowstone, Jefferson, Ruby, Big Hole, and Beaverhead Rivers. We also love to travel for great fishing and spend considerable time on the Missouri, Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and Clark Fork Rivers, depending on the season and hatches.

We love Montana and want to show you every corner and every fish in this great state.

Typical Weather:

The one thing you can say about the weather in Montana is that it is non-typical and can change in an instant. Spring has warmer days with cold nights. The summer season we are consistently sunny and warm with highs in the 80s during the day and cool evenings. The falls are spectacular with warm sunny days and brisk nights. Remember to always have rain gear and a fleece jacket along no matter what the season.


Rates start from: $400
You can find all pricing information at: www.thetackleshop.com/guides-fly-fishing-instruction-rates

What is Provided:

On all of our guided trips including full- and half-day trips all rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, and terminal tackle are provided. We have you covered from head-to-toe with everything you might need. We take care of everything. Leave the details to us.

Gear Recommendations:

We provide all the gear you need for our guided trips free of charge. If you wish to bring your own gear here is a list of what we recommend.

Rods: We like 9 foot rods in either a 5 or 6 weights. We routinely fish both big dry and wet flies so the added length of a 9 foot rod comes in handy.

Reels/Line: We prefer floating line for most of our fishing. We also like weight forward line to help turn over big flies on short casts. For nymphing and streamer fishing out of a drift boat we really like Orvis Bank Shot line.

Sunglasses: You will need a good pair of polarized sunglasses. These not only let you see and fish better but protect your eyes from errant casts.

Rain Gear: No matter the weather forecast rain gear is a staple on our trips. A lightweight rain coat and pants will save you from being cold and wet during and after an unexpected shower.

Waders/Shoes: During the spring and fall we wear waders on our trips. Bring lightweight waders with felt sole boots. During the summer we usually wet wade. You can do this with just felt sole wading boots, sandals, or tennis shoes you don't mind getting wet.

Camera: You will take a lot of pictures on your trip. Bring a quality camera with plenty of memory or film. Also bring a waterproof case. If you do not have one ask your guide to store your camera in a dry box or bag. If you do not bring a camera our guides routinely take pictures during your trip and these are available to you.

What to Bring:

We live and operate in one of the most beautiful areas of the world so you will take lots of photos. Remember all medications needed and personal items. One thing we really love is a buff or neck gator. We wear the wool ones when it is cold and the light ones for sun protection during the summer. Bring along good sun screen. Our average elevation is over 5000 feet so the sun is very direct.


At the time of your booking we will send you a document titled "You and Your Guide" that answers these as well as other frequently asked questions guests have.

How long are your trips?
Generally our full day trips are 8 hours on the water with half-day trips about 4 hours on the water. We are extremely flexible and our stock in trade is working with your schedule.

What rivers do you fish?
Out of our fly shop The Tackle Shop, we routinely fish the Blue Ribbon Madison River, Jefferson, Yellowstone, Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers. We also love to travel for good fishing and hatches and spend a good deal of time on the Missouri, Blackfoot, Bitterroot, and Clark Fork.

I would like a casting lesson prior to the trip is this possible?
Yes. We do free Fly Fishing 101 classes each Tuesday, Thursday and, Saturday at the store during the summer season. We can also arrange for a private lesson for your group ahead of your trip.

I have never fly fished before, is this a problem?
We love teaching beginners how to fish. All of our guides are Orvis-Endorsed and excel in teaching the fundamentals of fly fishing while making a fun trip.

What is provided?
On our trips we can provide everything you may need. This includes all rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, rain gear, and glasses. We also provide a gourmet streamside lunch and drinks on full-day trips. On half day trips we provide snacks and drinks. We cannot provide alcohol on our trips. If you wish to have alcohol along you must provide it.

In our group, we have a non-fisherman that wants to go along, is this OK?
That is perfectly fine. The non- fisherman will have a great day in nature and will be a big part of your experience.

How much should I tip?
We get asked this a bunch. Our guides work hard each and every day and gratuities are completely up to the guest. Tip what you feel comfortable. As a general rule I suggest tipping the same percentage as if a restaurant exceeded your expectations.

How far is your store from Yellowstone National Park?
We are approximately one hour from the west gate of Yellowstone National Park in West Yellowstone. Our guests routinely combine their family Yellowstone vacation with a day of fishing.

Additional Activities:

We are happy to be your Montana concierge. We book other activities such as hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, airport shuttles, and Yellowstone and Virginia City tours. We have a large list of lodging providers we work with to create your Montana dream vacation. From rustic all inclusive elegance to local clean hotels and guest ranches to the perfect camping spot we can help. Our local Big Sky/Ennis airport only a few miles from town, can handle most private planes and jets and we provide services right from the tarmac.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dream Trip of a LifeTime If you want a great Fly Fishing Experience, I highly recommend John Way and his Tackle Shop staff! This guided fly fishing trip to Ennis, Montana was originally planned for April, 2020. Unfortunately it had to be rescheduled because of the COVID pandemic. Thankfully my son, Jason, and I were able to go this year, even though our trip looked a little different now that I am diagnosed with Parkinson’s. That is where our guide, John Way, really stepped up. From start to finish, John went out of his way to make sure that this was the best experience of my life. Fly casting is a stand up activity but I needed to do it sitting down. No problem! The boat was maneuvered masterfully to put me in the right place to cast and catch fish after fish. From being mindful of the best place to have the boat for me to get into and leave from, planning ahead where we could easily go ashore for lunch and even changing plans on the fly when need be, our guide was on top of it. One lunch time the sandy beach where I could easily get out of the boat, went right on by because I had a fish on and catching it was more important. No problem, John found the next great place for lunch. There was never a missed photo op of my catches either, with John holding my catch and me right behind in the picture. I was exhausted at the end of each day, but was so content and happy with a wonderful experience that I will never forget. If able, I would totally book this trip again in a heart beat. Until then, the memories of my experiences on this trip are never to be forgotten. Thank you so much, John Way and everyone at The Tackle Shop for going out of your way to make this trip fantastic.
Date published: 2021-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drifting and Dreaming Another great day with John Way. My son-in -law flew in from Dallas and this day float was his birthday present. The fishing was great , John knows his “way” on the Madison! Had us on fish all day. My son in law got tired late in the day and just took in the sights. When you’re fishing you have to remember to look around it’s all part of the experience. Stream side BBQ was killer too.
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous Time and Wonderful Attention We frequent The Tackle Shop everytime we're in Ennis - my hat collection proves this fact. We've always found the gear, and hat selection, top notch and useful for small items as well as prices more then acceptable for larger items. My son and I spent the day with James (Jim Bob) in April of 2021 fishing the Madison River and we'll be back and deeply appreciated his genuine assistance, fun demeanor, and helpfulness!! We'll be back!!
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Guide Service The Tackle Shop in Ennis,Mt is a fantasic service. We used them for our first float trip to Montana and the Madison River. They built a relationship with us right away and were extremely helpful with my wife Terry who at the time was a beginner. The whole experience was completely enjoyable and made for some great memories. We would recommend them to anyone interested in ffishing that area and are in the process of booking another trip to Ennis,Mt.
Date published: 2020-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard Working and Service Oriented Booked six days of guided fly fishing during first week of October, and selected Missoula area, so as to enjoy varied waters in that region. I was fortunate to have Tackle Shop head honcho, John ,as my guide, This was the the second time I had booked with the Tackle Shop, and second time with John. We were blessed with stunningly lovely weather....cool mornings, rapidly changing to sunny warm afternoons, with reds, rusts, and cottonwood-gold colors flanking the rivers. Booking and planning went well....as this was a rescheduling of a spring trip which had been cancelled by the Covid shutdown in effect at that time. Deposits and preps had all rolled seamlessly forward. During fishing trips, I am there to enjoy moving Montana waters, go away from roads with their vehicular noise, and focus on the pleasure of fishing. I'm not looking for hors d'oeurves, cocktail hours, and being surrounded by finery. I'd like the day to start early, be interrupted for a relaxing and filling lunch, be laced with conversation (both friendly and educational), and return to my lodging fatigued, and reliving moments of triumph (and, regrettably, frustration as well). As such, for me, The Tackle Shop, and John, hits all the buttons and checks all the boxes. I'm picked up early and on time, filled at midday with an easy-going, amply-sized, down-to earth lunch, and put on to as many fish-catching opportunities as my moderate skills will allow. John works hard. This is, at least in my mind, unequivocal. He maneuvers the drift boat back and forth across the waters to get at those spots which harbor fish. and pulls hard at the oars to get us close enough to the bank such as to allow my less-than-optimal casts to become adequate. If a hole has been productive, he will row us back up stream for a second pass....and a third...and a fourth, etc. He is likeable, and provides an entertaining mix of conversation....educational, easy-going chit chat, dry humor, even far-ranging political commentary. When evident that my skills and rods were being inadequate for the waters, he provided a loaner rod. The fishing hours were never shortened, and I was never short changed. The rates at The Tackle Shop are, like other outfitters and guide services, substantial....but they well within the industry standard, and as such, are fair.
Date published: 2020-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spring Float Trip I took a float trip with John Way this spring and had a great time. Lots of fish and talk about fishing. Although I have been fly fishing for a long time John gave me a few pointers to improve my streamer fishing. Good fun to see a fish come out from behind a rock and grab my fly. John also cooks a great grilled lunch.
Date published: 2020-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Tackle Shop Rocks! A neighbor and I have made an annual fall trip from the Oregon Coast to the Madison River for several years. After tuning up our casting skills with a Practicaster at home, we're psyched to hit the river. We always stop at The Tackle Shop before heading to the river for a week as we rely on therm for the latest intel on flies and techniques, great gear additions a delightful atmosphere to talk all things fly fishing. The staff have skills to inform and assist while always being friendly. Got my Practicaster from them, along with a Clearwater outfit, wading staff and so much more that has proven crucial to this adventure. Check them out, you'll be glad you did!
Date published: 2020-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent day on the River Had a guided trip on the Madison for my buddy’s 40th birthday! It was excellent. Top notch service, knowledge and skill. Will definitely be doing this trip again. -Jeff Weaver Verdi, NV
Date published: 2020-11-24
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