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From the Rowers Seat

The middle of March is upon us and the fishing is certainly heating up.  Folks are catching fish on the typical nymphs on the Madison River, the skwala's are out and dry fly fishing is good on the Bitterroot and the Missouri is just starting to heat up. 

Each day more and more trucks pulling boats can be seen cruising the streets of Ennis. The shop sees a steady stream of folks getting new fishing licenses, buy new tippet to replace the old stuff, and loading up on flies before a day on the river. New inventory is arriving daily and the wall space in the store is becoming scarcer by the day. It is all about to begin here in Montana.

In the next month our guides will be conducting trips on the Madison, Jefferson, Missouri, Bitterroot and Clarkfork.  As a team we will be attending the Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, to refine our guiding skills and learn about  the latest in new gear and techniques.

Also, we just replaced our old clunky website and e-commerce site with a shiny new whiz-bang model.  Our internet ninja skills have really been put to the test. We will be having a fresh coat of paint put on the outside of the store to freshen things up and replacing the awning just in time for summer.  A busy month all around. 

If you are thinking about a trip to Montana in May plan to be in Ennis on May 16 for the second annual Tap in to Ennis Brew and Spirit Festival hosted by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. Twenty breweries and distilleries, food, music and fun for the entire family.  It also happens to be  opening day of fishing for the Upper Madison and small streams. 


Orvis Guide Rendezvous 2015


The entire shop staff and guides will once again be attending the Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Missoula Montana on April 23-25.  Open to guides and not guides alike it boasts featured speakers on topics like, taking better fish pictures, marketing, aquatic entomology essentials for guiding, as well as info and demos on all the new products.  OGR15 also has a great fly fishing and film festival open to all.  If your in Missoula Montana during this time click the link to see what it is all about and register for this great event.  We hope to see everyone there.    



 Orvis Guide Rendezvous 2015 


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Brew and Spirit Festival!


The Ennis Montana Chamber of commerce will again be hosting The Tap in to Ennis Brew and Spirit Festival on the opening day of fishing season for the Upper Madison May 16.  Over 20 different Montana Breweries and Distilleries will be on hand along with food, music and fun for the entire family.  Plan to attend and check out their Facebook Page.



Backroad to Yellowstone:

If you are heading to Yellowstone National Park or Montana for a family vacation this summer you need to look at this site.   Originally this site was developed by a local group to help bring people to the Madison Valley.  The site has grown and includes trip ideas, routs, places to stay, eat, and things to do in our neck of the woods. So, if your Montana bound check it out before you arrive or while your here to help with your trip. 
New Website is up and Running!

We recently launched our new website for The Tackle Shop to replace the old clunky one. This includes both the information pages for the outfitting and the shiny new e-commerce portion of the site. Click on the link below and check out the new site and let us know what you think. This site has been a year in development and all the content as well as almost all the pictures are from me personally. Please let us know what you think.  

Madison Spring Guide Trip Special




A bunch of folks are taking advantage of our spring guide trip special.  This is a full day guide trip for two anglers with a hot lunch for only $300.  If you can get to Montana now do it as the spring fishing is as good as we have ever seen it. Our spring special is good until April 30. 



Fishing Derby on the Madison

To Support Lat. 45 Ministries 


If your looking for something to do on May 9 why not a fun fishing derby on the Madison River.   This is put on and all proceeds support Lat 45 Ministries a local christian group that takes groups of kids on extended hiking and camping trips.  This is a great organization doing really important work.  If you can please support them and this event.  


Lat 45 website


Fishing the good rod

At The Take Out

With more days behind the sticks than behind the computer in front of us we are generally excited for the season. We currently are a little light in our snow pack for the Madison Drainage with lots of time for spring storms to help. The good news is that Hebgen lake is 4 feet from being full and the powers that be in controlling our water were extremely conservative this winter. This means that the lake should be full and that will give us good flows this summer. Also they are expecting to have the dam at Hebgen completed by August so for the first time in 7 years cold water from the bottom of the lake will be released into the river this summer. It has been a long time coming and we are all thankful that it is close to completion. 

We have recently had a rush of folks calling and booking their guide days for the summer season. If you still have not booked for this year and want a specific guide on a specific day give us a call soon. The calendar is getting a bunch more trips on it each day.  

On our new website we now have a daily blog and fishing report that we will update all season long. Check it frequently to get the latest info on what the fishing is like on the Madison as well as other Montana rivers and streams. When you are on the site leave a few comments so we know what you like.   
We are looking forward to a great season as well as reconnecting with all of our out of state friends.  If your in the area stop by. If your planning a trip to Montana this summer and we can help in any way please let us know.  

Good Fishing and God Bless..

John & Kayla Way
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The Friendly Fly Shop
127 Main St
Ennis, Mt 59729

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