A Quick Guide to Ennis, Montana

A winning equation for a small town is a good bar, a good main street and a good fly shop. If you’re near the Madison River in Montana, then that’s even better. That’s part of why Ennis, Montana, is a perfect place to be–whether you’re looking for . . .

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4 Hot Tips for Fishing the Madison in August

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


By adjusting your tactics, you can catch big Madison rainbows in the dog days of August.
Photos by Brian McGeehan

August is a popular time to visit and fly-fish the Madison River in southwestern Montana. The Madison can fish well during all twelve months of the year, and each month offers a different set . . .

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Podcast: The Salmonfly Hatch, with John Way

This week, we’re talking about a spectacle of nature that happens every year in the Rockies in June—the salmonfly hatch. This is a giant stonefly that excites big trout and fly fishers—but it’s difficult to plan for and not as easy to fish as you might . . .

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Pro Tips: Gearing Up for Early-Season Winds

Written by: Luke Lowery, The Tackle Shop


Things can get gusty in spring, which means your tackle needs to be up to snuff.
Photo courtesy The Tackle Shop

Spring is one of the best times to fish in Southwest Montana. However, with the arrival of spring come the dreaded windy days. Many anglers head out to the river to battle against gale. . .

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Classic Tuesday Tip: Learning to Love Ugly Flies

Written by: John McKinnie


The Madison River trout didn’t seem to mind that Elliot’s pattern wasn’t perfect.
Photo by John McKinnie

I have a problem to admit: I have become a fly snob! The more time I spend fly fishing, the more concerned I have become with the aesthetic appeal of fly patterns. I believe that I developed. . .

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