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Musings and other mental wanderings from inside the Tackle Shop in Ennis Montana

5 Things The Government Doesn't Want You To Know About Spring Skwalas
Time to shake the frost off of your waders and start thinking about Spring fishing. The warmer days have me excited to get out there. Many anglers overlook early Spring as a time of hatches, though all year round we have to pay attention to the active bugs. Too many bugs get overlooked. In my opinion, the Skwala is one of those bugs. Many rivers across the west and Pacific Northwest get p..
Orvis Helios 3 Giveaway!
Don’t forget about our 2020 Orvis Helios 3 Giveaway! We encourage you to take the time and review us on Google Reviews and Orvis Reviews. Simply follow the links and leave an honest review. All 5-Star reviews will be entered from both Google and Orvis to be randomly chosen after December 1st. The winner will then get to choose their choice of Helios 3 Fly Rod! Our reviews matter to us and i..
5 Ways to Make Winter Fly Fishing Great Again!
It’s Sunday morning and the wind is blowing around 25 mph. The wind chill is making a 30-degree day feel close to bare bones 0 outside. Yeah, I’d agree. Either stay in bed or enjoy a hot cup of coffee. But what about those days peaking 35 degrees and up with minimal wind? Now we’re talking. It’s always tough staying motivated to fish in the Winter. Lately, the weather has been a r..
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Hopper Season Tips for Success on the Madison River

Terrestrial season on many western rivers is just getting going. When most think western terrestrial fishing they think Hoppers. When hoppers are in abundance they are a great food source for trout when not much else is hatching mid summer. A few tricks and you will master your Hoppertunity.

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Mother's Day Caddis Update 5-12-2019

Are there caddis on the Upper Madison River?   Absolutely they showed up about two days ago and are popping off at a good pace.  Have we seen the rafts of caddis that is so popular with this hatch this time of year?   Nope not yet.   Is is t a dry fly all day thing?  Not even close.  We have been picking some up on dry flies in the evenings once the sun has gone behind the horizon.  This will change.  Give it a few days.  We are in the start of the hatch now and in a few days things will look better for the dry fly huckers.  

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Montana Trout Bums Please Support Mt HB5678

Subsidized winter fly fishing trips for troubled Montana Trout Bums or HB 5678 is in front of the Montana Legislature this session and we ask everyone to support this.

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2018 Fly Fishing Season in Photos- Video

 A short video from our guided fly fishing trips on the Madison River and all over Montana from 2018.  If you would like to be in next years video just give us a call.  

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November In Trout Country

Well today is the first day of November and Main street has a lot more trucks pulling  horse trailers and side by side then it does drift boats. As I sit here and eat what’s left of the Halloween candy I can’t help but wonder what now. November can be a hard month for the trout angler. It seems too early to hang up the waders and hibernate next to the fire. But on the cold days afield you can’t help but feel like someone at a party that has over stayed their welcome. November still has some fishing to offer and with most of the outdoor force looking to fill their freezers one can find plenty of solitude on the water. The key to fishing in November is planning.

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Why September Fly Fishing in Montana Should be 1 of the 7 Deadly Sins

God I hope heaven looks like Montana in September. A prayer I say often and truly believe. Montana comes into its own in September and shows her best self. It has forgot the cold and snow of last winter, the refreshing rains of spring have brought life to the landscape and it has marinated in the summer sun to produce a perfect golden product. The rivers are veins of life flowing through a dramatic landscape. The September Montana I know is as close to perfect as one can imagine.

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The Tackle Shop has again Kicked Plastic on our Guided Trips

We will again be Kicking Plastic on all of our guided trips this year. 

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