Ennis-on-the-Madison Fly Fishing Festival

Sept 1-2,  Celebrate the Madison River at the Ennis-on-the-Madison Fly Fishing Festival!

Fly fishing enthusiasts of all ages gather in Ennis on Labor Day weekend for the Ennis-on-the-Madison Fly Fishing Festival.  It is a chance to celebrate the sport and learn tips and techniques from professional casters, fly-tiers, and guides.

Vendors include our great raffle sponsor  Clackacraft, Simms Fishing Company, Winston Rods as well as artists, authors and food purveyors including Pit Stop Pizza and treats from the Pic-a-nic Basket and others.  Eat, mingle, swap fish tales and enjoy a beautiful day in Peter T Park.

The Madison River Foundation is proud to sponsor our ‘Ennis on the Madison’ Fly Fishing Festival each year.   Catch up on our projects and invite a fishing buddy to join the foundation and help forward our mission  “to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River ecosystem to benefit its wildlife and the people who enjoy it.  We apply professional expertise and advocacy on behalf of worthy public policies to ensure the well-being of this valuable resource.”

Festival Schedule for 2016

Watch for updated information on the 2017 Festival as it becomes available!

Friday, September 2

8:30 am – 1 pm Kid’s Fly Casting & Fly-tying

Noon – 4 pm Lunch – Pizza & beer/wine truck by John Rolfe

1-2 pm – Speaker: David Stagliano – Long-term Aquatic Insect Monitoring

What are the Bugs Telling Us?

2-3 pm – Speaker:  Craig Mathews & John Juracek – Fishing the evening rise on the Madison River

2-4 pm – Casting Clinic:  Bruce Richards, Scientific Anglers/Orvis

2-5 pm – Fly Tying :  Learn from the Experts

3-4 pm – Speaker:  Mike Cline – Fishing the Last Mile First – Contrary Kayak Angling

3-4 pm – Casting Clinic:  John Juracek

4-6:30 – Hank Patterson movie at the Ennis Theatre

Saturday, September 3

9-10 am –   Speaker:  Jim Dawson – consider the Salmon Fly

10-11 am – Speaker:  Dan Delekta – Dean Delekta tying Delektable Flies

10-Noon – Casting Clinic:  Ford Rollo

11-Noon –  Speaker:  Robert Younghanz, The Bug Guy – Aquatic Entomology for Montana Rivers

11-2 pm – BBQ lunch  – Burgers and Brats

Noon-1 pm – Speaker:  Richard Vincent – Wild Trout Management & the Madison River

Noon-1 pm – Spey casting clinic:  Skip Gibson (Ennis town Fishing access site)

1-2 pm – Speaker:  Dave Whitlock – For the Love of Fishing

2-5 pm – Fly Tying:  Learn from the experts

2-5 pm – Fly Casting competition:  Bruce Richards

Classes:  children, women, angler and expert

2-3 pm – Speaker:  Jerry Shildroth – How to have the best guided trip of your life

3-4 pm – Speaker:  Ralph Cutter – the Science Behind Fly Fishing Lakes

4-5 pm – Speaker:  Tim Tollett – Hunting the Flats for Silver

5-6 pm – Speaker:  Bob Jacklin – History of Fly Fishing Shops in the West Yellowstone Area

6-8 pm – Main Street BBQ “Ribs and Fixens”  John Rolfe, Alley Bistro

6-9 pm – Live Music – Screen Door Porch

6-8 pm – Bucket Raffle drawings

8 pm – ClackaCraft drift boat drawing

We are so pleased to once again be offering raffle tickets on a Clackacraft Driftboat & Trailer – Drawing during the festival!   Be sure to get your raffle ticket at any of our sponsoring businesses including El Western Cabins & Lodges, Rainbow Valley Lodge, Ennis Chamber of Commerce, The Tackle Shop, Fan Mountain Inn or Madison River Fishing Company.



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