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Ennis Montana Fly Fishing Guide

							Montana fishing on the Madison River near Ennis, Montana

Ennis Montana

Ennis Montana is a rural community of around 1000 people in the heart of Southwest Montana. Cattle ranching and fly fishing are as deeply intertwined in the fabric of this authentic, western community today as it was back in the 1950’s.

Located about 60 miles south of our Montana fly fishing headquarters in Bozeman, Ennis is a frequent stop on our Madison River fly fishing day trips in the summer months.

Anglers fishing with our Bozeman fly fishing guides often base themselves here to take advantage of the fantastic Ennis Montana fly fishing options focused on the Madison River. Day trips to the Jefferson, lower Madison, and Ruby Rivers or perhaps a morning dry fly session on Ennis Lake are just a few of the other fly fishing options near Ennis.

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Ennis Montana Fly Fishing Options

							Madison River fishing while floating near Ennis, Montana.

Madison River Above Ennis Lake

The Madison River runs along the eastern edge of Ennis, Montana, and is the primary trout fishery in the Madison Valley.

Known around the world as the “50-Mile Riffle,” much of the Madison River is shallow with a quick current. The wading angler fishing the Madison is welcomed by slippery rocks and loose footing, making a wading staff an essential piece of gear.

Floating is the best way to experience Madison River fly fishing in the sections between Ennis Lake and the outlet of Quake Lake. Anglers can cover 8-12 miles of the river a day while escaping the crowds and heavily pressured fish in the wade sections near Three Dollar Bridge.

							Montana fishing on the Jefferson River near Bozeman

Jefferson River Fly Fishing

Solitude, spectacular scenery, and big trout opportunities make Jefferson River fly fishing outings a favorite for skilled anglers. Rainbow and Brown Trout populations are much lower here than in the nearby Madison River, requiring patience and persistence to find angling success.

This stunning western river flows along the valley floor between Twin Bridges and Cardwell, Montana before hitting a narrow canyon along its final journey to form the Missouri River near Three Forks.

Local anglers and Montana fishing guides savor their days of fly fishing in Montana on the Jefferson River for the chances at big fish and diverse angling experiences.

							Montana fishing on the lower Madison River near Bozeman

Lower Madison River Fly Fishing

The Madison River flows out of Ennis Lake, offering wade fishing in a wilderness setting about 30 minutes north of Ennis, Montana. Locally, the river is referred to as the “Lower Madison” once it leaves Ennis Lake.

Floating the lower Madison below the Beartrap Canon is a terrific Montana fly fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels. New and novice anglers can learn and quickly improve their skills in the gentle currents.Experienced anglers know the stories of giant Brown Trout cruising the weed bed edges and feeding along heavy seams.

Fly fishing the lower Madison River adds diversity to an Ennis Montana fly fishing vacation and can be exceptional during the early and late parts of the season.

							Anglers fishing the Big Hole River near Glen, Montana

Big Hole River Fly Fishing

Located about an hour west of Ennis Montana is the Big Hole River which joins the Ruby and Beaverhead Rivers to form the Jefferson River near Twin Bridges, Montana.

The lower Big Hole River is a fantastic Montana fly fishing destination during the early and late stages of our season. Rainbow and Brown Trout rise to hatching insects throughout the season, making dry fly fishing an everyday option for anglers fishing near Glen or Melrose, Montana.

The tea-stained water gives the river a unique color during high flows when streamer fly fishing for trophy Brown Trout is a favorite among local and visiting anglers alike.

Ennis Montana and Area Resources

							Anglers fishing and relaxing on a Yellowstone River fishing trip with Fins and Feathers Guide Service

Ennis Montana Fly Fishing Trips

Fins and Feathers Guide Service has been outfitting fly fishing trips near Ennis Montana for over two decades. Our team of experienced Bozeman Montana fly fishing guides are skilled instructors, welcoming anglers of all skill levels.

Madison River fly fishing experiences are the focus for Ennis Montana fly fishing vacations. Novice anglers are presented with myriad angling opportunities to both learn and improve their skills while immersed in an authentic western fly fishing setting. Expert anglers are drawn to fly fishing the Madison River near Ennis for the legendary numbers and size of its Rainbow and Brown Trout.

A diverse Montana fly fishing experience awaits anglers fishing near Ennis, Montana. Contact our reservation specialists to book day trips or to start planning a customized fly fishing tour of Montana, based out of Ennis.

							Madison Double r main lodge

Ennis Montana Fly Fishing Vacations

Relax and immerse yourself in an authentic Montana fly fishing vacation along the banks of the Madison River at the Madison Double R Ranch. This boutique fly fishing resort located near Varney Bridge is an anglers’ oasis with fine dining and luxurious accommodations. Stunning scenery and world-class service round out the long list of exceptional attributes of this remarkable Montana fly fishing lodge.

Fins and Feathers Guide Service works closely with a variety of Montana fly fishing lodges to create customized fly fishing itineraries for our guests.

Combine guided fly fishing with Fins and Feathers and luxurious lodging at the Madison RR for a truly remarkable Ennis Montana fly fishing vacation.

							Madison river fly fishing ruby creek brown trout

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Fly fishing the Madison River offers a varied Montana fishing experience, unlike any other destination in the region. Float through miles and miles of wide open river bottom concentrating on covering subtle depth changes and well-defined bank structure. Wade through narrow channels below Ennis, exploring the never-ending series of pools and riffles.

Stalk along the banks of the upper river near Raynold’s Pass or Three Dollar Bridge looking for subtle risers during the evening spinner fall.

The Fins and Feathers Montana fishing reports highlight the best Madison River fly fishing options throughout the season with live streamflow data, fishing access maps, river information, and timely updates regarding current river condtions.

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