Red Mountain Adventures

 (1)
Overview
Welcome to Southwest Montana's finest fly fishing adventures. Blue ribbon trout water is literally steps away when you visit us in the picturesque town of Ennis, Montana. You may spend the day on our home river, the world famous Madison or drive to one of our other local rivers such as the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby or the Jefferson. Whether you are a new angler or an old pro we have the expertise and patience to make your time on the water chasing wild trout a success.
 
Fishing Trips
$
1,075
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
3 days
Experience the Madison River Like Never Before Learn the best spots on the Madison River with 3 great fishing days with Red Mountain Adventures. Eric Shores, with over 35 years of ... moreexperiencing guiding on the Madison River will take you down a journey of the best places to fish.

The journey starts on the Upper Madison River on a guided float trip covering about 8-11 miles of premier fly fishing water. The following day includes a recipe (location flies, and technique) on a do it yourself wade location near the fly fishing town of Ennis. The third day moves you on to where the Madison River dumps into Ennis Lake for a full float day stalking the giants.

Note: The order or location may change based on where the best spots are at the time.
$
1,625
-
$
1,925
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 3 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
5 days
 (1)
Experience the Madison River Like Never Before Learn the best spots on the Madison River with 5 great fishing days with Red Mountain Adventures. Eric Shores, with over 35 years of ... moreexperiencing guiding on the Madison River will take you down a journey of the best places to fish.

The journey starts on the Upper Madison River on a guided float trip covering about 8-11 miles of premier fly fishing water. The following day includes a recipe (location flies, and technique) on a do it yourself wade location near the fly fishing town of Ennis. The third day moves you on to where the Madison River dumps into Ennis Lake for a full float day stalking the giants. The following day provides instructions again for a do it yourself wade day. Location will depend on the hot locations during your visit. The final day is another full day float day on the lower Madison River. All together, you will experience the Madison River like never before by true expert.

Note: The order or location may change based on where the best spots are at the time.
$
525
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
Fishing Waters:
Destination:
With over 55 combined years of experience fishing Ennis Lake and Madison River, we have the deep knowledge needed to guide you to the monsters. Located in Ennis, Montana, one of the ... moretop fly fishing towns in the world, Red Mountain Adventures is conveniently located to help you with your fishing experience.

We'll take you to the land of giant trout that cruise Ennis Lake. Cast to rising trout or bring them in by stripping small lake buggers is a lot of fun. A day on Ennis lake is a special experience to enjoy the views and tangle with fincky monster trout.
$
425
-
$
475
/ Angler
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
With over 30 combined years of experience fishing the Ruby River, we have the deep knowledge needed to guide you down this Blue Ribbon River. Located in Ennis, Montana, one of the ... moretop fly fishing towns in the world, Red Mountain Adventures is conveniently located to help you with your fishing experience on the Ruby River.

Our guided wade trips on the Ruby River are perfect for:
First time anglers who come here first to get easy, effective, and mindful wade fishing instruction
Novices to experts who gain from our deep knowledge and instruction on wade fishing on the Ruby River

Book with us today and enjoy the best in Montana fly fishing.
$
475
-
$
525
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
With over 55 combined years of experience fishing the Montana rivers, we have the deep knowledge needed to guide you down this Blue Ribbon River. Located in Ennis, Montana, one of ... morethe top fly fishing towns in the world, Red Mountain Adventures is conveniently located to help you with your fishing experience on the Gallatin River.

Our guided float trips on the Gallatin River are perfect for novices to experts who gain from our deep knowledge and instruction on the Gallatin River. Book with us today and enjoy the best in Montana fly fishing.
$
475
-
$
525
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
With over 50 combined years of experience fishing the Jefferson River, we have the deep knowledge needed to guide you down this Blue Ribbon River. Located in Ennis, Montana, one of ... morethe top fly fishing towns in the world, Red Mountain Adventures is conveniently located to help you with your fishing experience.

Our guided float trips on the Jefferson River are perfect for:

Anglers looking for less angler traffic yet want to catch bigger fish

First time anglers who come here first to get easy, effective, and mindful instruction on fly fishing

Novices to experts who gain from our deep knowledge and instruction on the Madison River

Book with us today and enjoy the best in Montana fly fishing.
$
450
-
$
525
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
 (1)
With over 55 combined years of experience fishing the Madison River, we have the deep knowledge needed to guide you down this Blue Ribbon River. Located in Ennis, Montana, one of the ... moretop fly fishing towns in the world, Red Mountain Adventures is conveniently located to help you with your fishing experience. 

Our guided float trips on the Madison River are perfect for:

First time anglers who come here first to get easy, effective, and mindful instruction on fly fishing

Novices to experts who gain from our deep knowledge and instruction on the Madison River

Anglers with particular needs including stalking monsters, increasing the score card, or "dries only"

Book with us today and enjoy the best in Montana fly fishing.
Fishing Reports
We are in a transition period for the upper Madison. It doesn't know if it is still summer or if fall has really arrived. The upper mad does this every year. Fishin looses it consistency ... moreone day it is good next fishing falls through the floor. The bugs available to the fish are becoming more and more scarce. They are making to the transition back to a fish based diet. Sculpins and juvenile whitefish are fast moving to the top of the menu Streamers of all sorts are beginning to work, but it still pays to put a bead behind it. I think fishing is going to continue to get more and more sketchy The upper Madison becomes a river of extremes in the fall, offering some of the best fishing of the season. But also some of the worst. Every time one door closes another opens. See ya on the lower. E shores
Date:
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2016
Upper Madison isn't sure whether it is still summer or fall. Everything semis to be working Kind of. Nothing is really killing them. Still if your willing to stay with a streamer. ... moreYou'll end up with a few shots at good fish. Hoppers and ants after it warms up in the afternoon are still getting good action. But not seeing much in the size department.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Wednesday, 31 Aug, 2016
Calibates hatch still going strong on ennis lake. Good numbers of fish still working on the surface , but are getting smarter. Last week a size 16 pheasant tail couldn't miss. Now ... morenot so much. Actually did better on a size 18 blond parachute Adams. On the surface. Seems like less people lately. Thoughts are turning to shotguns and bows. The hatch usually starts around 9:00 or 9:30. Bugs peak around. 12:00. Then the wind usually comes up by 2:00 and shuts the whole thing down. Upcoming cold weather could Change thing s mayflies don't like cold weather. We will see.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Wednesday, 31 Aug, 2016
Upper Madison is holding up great this year. The bad news for the pine trees is that it is a big year for the spruce moth. Good news for anglers and fish is hat it is a good year for ... morethe spruce moths. Hot weather has the powers that be flush flowing the beartrraps to keep water temps down that takes a lot of water so they have raised the upper. Higher water seems to cooled off the dry fly fishing a bit the big daddy's are starting to hunt sculpins. So streamer season is beginning. Tight lines everyone E
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Saturday, 6 Aug, 2016
Fish Caught:
13-19 fish
The lake has quieted down with the recent cold front. The mayflys didn't like the cold weather. You can still find some fish out on the flats bobber fishing with nymphs. I think we ... moreneed a couple warm days to crank the food chain back up. Warmer days are in our near future should get food again.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Wednesday, 13 Jul, 2016
Jeff looks great nice and clear, but lots of free floating miss. Which is a huge pain in the neck especially when your trying to strip streamers There are a few hoppers and the midnight ... morestones are starting to show up. Which makes dries an attractive alternative. When you can get them to eat em. Recent cool weather (snow in the mountains) has dropped water temps from low 70s to low 60s jump starting the fish at least until it warms up again.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Wednesday, 13 Jul, 2016
Fish Caught:
13-19 fish
Madison is holding up well. Streamers dries , and nymphs are all still working. Streamers in the morning close to the bank. 6in is not close enough. Dries start up later when the bug ... morelife wakes up. We've had good caddis mixed in with some PMDs. Caddis fishing has been good in the evening. Chasing bobbers down middle is still going on with lots of big whitefish, always good for getting a few rods bent
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Wednesday, 13 Jul, 2016
Water is warming up but fishing is staying on track Eder still seeing good hatches all the way down from quake lake fishing is spotty 5 fish up on one bank then nothing for an hour. ... moreSalmonflies are all the way up near quake And have taken the crowds with them. Small dries in the morning have been producing some good fish and a lot of twinks. Small nymphs the same in the afternoon but with more whites. Seems like a good white population this year. Not much on the streamers yet Fish are still looking for bugs. Hoot owl restrictions in place on lower rivers. Fish on.
Fishing Water Report:
End Access Site:
Date:
Monday, 4 Jul, 2016
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
The lower beaver head is starting to clear up at twin bridges, and so goes the Jefferson. We fished there two days ago and fishing was good. Nice part about the day was that we didn't ... moresee another angler all day. Water is still high but is clean. Fish were tight on the banks and in the soft recirculating pools. Fishing was on and off we would catch 3 nice fish then nothing for an hour. I saw some midnight stone empty cases on the bridge abutments which means dry fly fishing isn’t far off. Also saw some fish working caddis but we never switched over. Water is falling and the time is now! Eric Shores
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Thursday, 16 Jun, 2016
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
Run off is over. It’s game on for the Upper Madison. Recent rains created a slight bump in water levels but they are on their way down again. We fished mostly streamers with a little ... moregreen bead on the end. Most of the action was on the big streamer. We didn't catch high numbers but quality was way up there. A 20-inch brown and a handful of rainbows around 18”. Some caddis showed up later in the day but I think we were gone before the dry show started. Had some friends out last night said they had pretty good caddis fishing fight before dark. Waiting patiently for Salmon flies. Its our turn next. It’s about over on the Big Hole which means were close here. Tight lines. Eric Shores
Fishing Water Report:
End Access Site:
Date:
Thursday, 16 Jun, 2016
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
Guides
Anni Shores loves catching big browns and teaching beginners the art of fly fishing." My patience is legendary, just ask Eric". Together we have over 50 years of experience.
 (2)
Eric Shores has been guiding clients on Montana Rivers for over 32 years. He's as wily as any old brown trout when it comes to getting his clients on to fish and his stories will entertain ... moreyou along the way. Many of our clients have become life long friends after a memorable day on the water with Eric.
Outfitter Blogs
Outfitter Blogs
It was about 1978 when I started my career as a fishing guide on the Madison. Back then, no one ever seriously fished wet flies, streamers or nymphs. Back then, fly fishing meant dries. ... moreRoyal Wulf and a Royal Trude right down the middle. Floated like a cork, could see it for a mile, and killed 'em. 

Now things have changed a bunch. By far the most effective way to catch fish using a fly rod is with nymphs. There are lots of different ways to rig them, all for different situations, but my favorite for getting it down and into their face is the drop shot rig. It's a pain in the ass to cast but deadly and relatively easy to fish once it hits the water. 

//

The first drop shot rig I ever saw was on the Upper Beaverhead. These guys were setting it all up on 5 and 6X tippet. I noticed the set up on someone else’s rod at the put in. Since the Beaverhead is not my home court, and it's so much different from the Madison, I was looking more to see if I was in the ball park on fly selection. What I found was the drop shot rig.

The drop shot rig consists of two flies with the split shot on the bottom. What it is really made for is getting to the bottom fast, then floating along with a good natural drift. Tapered leader not necessary - I like to start with a piece of fairly heavy tippet, straight off the butt section, about 3 or 4 feet of 0X or 1X connected with a surgeon’s knot or a loop-to-loop connection. 

I like surgeon’s knots beacuse they're less likely to catch the fly on a trailing loop. I use the thicker tippet because it holds the indicator better and doesn’t get all kinked up. From there another surgeons knot with about 4 feet of whatever tippet is appropriate given fly size, water conditions, and fish size.

Next comes the first bug, let’s call it a size 16 pheasant tail on 4X, tie that on with your basic clinch knot, then another clinch knot with more 4X through the eye of the same pheasant tail. Now we have two clinch knots coming out of the eye of the same fly. I like to spread the flies out about a foot-and-a-half to 2 feet.

Now comes the second fly. Let’s go with a size 18 zebra midge. Same thing, clinch knot in one side of the eye, another piece of 4X coming out the other side. Now we have our tail on to hold the weight. I usually go with about a foot to 18 inches on the tail. A simple overhand knot at the bottom keeps the shot from sliding off. I then tie another overhand knot above the split shot. That way when the shot hangs up in the rocks it breaks off at the knot just above the shot and you keep the rest of the rig. All that is needed is another shot on the end and you're back in business.

The advantage to the drop shot rig is that it gets down fast and it is adjustable for depth. The trick is to get the depth right. If you have a run that is around 5 feet deep, then you need to set your indicator about 5 feet above the split shot. Now you can cast upstream, mend once, and the flies immediately drop to the proper depth and you’re in their face with the perfect drift. 

Then it's just a matter of giving the indicator enough slack by mending and feeding it line to keep it floating down naturally, the same speed as the current. You can get the perfect drift to go on literally to the end of your fly line. Once I get set up in a hole it usually takes a few casts to get indicator length set correctly. I like the new screw on top indicators because you can easily move them up and down the line without damaging the tippet.

On the first few casts I like to err on the side of too shallow. I make my first cast, run the whole line, and if I don’t get at least one bottom tick I increase the length between indicator and split shot. Next cast still no bottom bounce - make it deeper until you find the bottom. If too much bottom, shorten it all up. I like my drift with just an occasional tick off the bottom. Too deep and you get too many “false positives” and too many lost rigs in the rocks. 

The drop shot rig is not the only way to fish nymphs, its kind of a bitch to cast, but when the goal is a dead drift right on the bottom it is a deadly set up.
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing
Added Date:
Monday, 14 Nov, 2016
Featured:
No
One of the most important items in the fishing vest is your thermometer. Sometimes temps are the most crucial factor when choosing a place to fish.
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing, Perfect Fishing Days, Fly Fishing for Beginners
Added Date:
Thursday, 27 Oct, 2016
Featured:
No
I went out to my car yesterday morning and what did I find? Just imagine. Ice! Only three weeks into August and I already have ice on my windshield. My first thought was "oh no ... morethere goes my garden." But it was my second thought that really got me fired up – brown trout.
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing, Insider, Perfect Fishing Days
Added Date:
Friday, 26 Aug, 2016
Featured:
No
You've had plans with your buddies for two weeks now, the weather is awesome, you’ve got a cooler full of beers, you remembered your license and you actually left as early as you ... morehad planned on, perfect!!! But, you show up to the boat ramp and realize EVERYBODY else had the same plan as you. Bummer.
Category:
Fly Fishing, Planning, Insider
Added Date:
Friday, 19 Aug, 2016
Featured:
No
After a day of horseback riding we pulled into Ennis campground, and I could feel the excitement building in my gut. We quickly compared our mental notes on this fishing location. ... moreWhat are the best spots? How would be divide it up? What flies should we use?
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing, Perfect Fishing Days
Added Date:
Tuesday, 26 Jul, 2016
Featured:
No
The following morning I woke up as the sun began to shine through the window. I looked at my watch. Yuck! 7am. It was too late. I couldn’t go back to sleep so I lay there going over ... moremy plan for the day of horseback riding. Do we get them up early and eat breakfast or let them rise on their own and have hot cocoa and doughnuts at the Rainbow? Doughnuts sounded good. So it was settled.
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing, Planning, Lodging, Meals, and Fun
Added Date:
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2016
Featured:
No
Since Ethan was born, I have been hoping he would find passion in fly-fishing like I do. The idea of traveling the world and finding new fishing adventures together would be a dream ... morecome true. I waited patiently for his coordination, focus, and patience to develop enough to get him out on the water. With Ethan, I knew there would only be one opportunity to introduce him to fly-fishing, and if he was not enthralled, there would not be a second time.
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing, Planning, Lodging, Meals, and Fun
Added Date:
Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2016
Featured:
No
It has been a long spring of heavy nymphs, strike indicators, and big streamers. For me the real fun begins with dry fly season. On the Madison and Big Hole, dry fly season kicks off ... morewith the Salmonfly hatch, then by mid-July the little bugs start, caddis, yellow sallies, and some mayflies. Along with the little bugs come the seldom seen but often fished Midnight stones.
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing, Insider
Added Date:
Friday, 15 Jul, 2016
Featured:
No
EVERYONE has a few Pheasant Tail Nymphs in their box. Frank Sawer's deceptively simple pattern has developed a worldwide following.
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing, Flies, Underground Entertainment
Added Date:
Thursday, 9 Nov, 2006
Featured:
No
The Osprey Stratos 24 daypack I boughta couple weeks ago has seen a handful of small stream trips, and due to a couple inquiries, I'd gather it's time for a quickie review.
Author:
Category:
Fly Fishing, fly fishing pack, fly fishing stuff, osprey stratos 24, Review
Added Date:
Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011
Featured:
No
1 reviews   0 comments
Communication
(5.0 of 5)
Scheduling
(5.0 of 5)
Advice
(5.0 of 5)
Boat Comfort
(5.0 of 5)
One of the the best guides in South West Montana
I have been enjoying Eric's guide services for over 10 years and have never been let down. He is one of the best outfitters I have ever used.
Communication
Scheduling
Advice
Boat Comfort
1
0

Discover Your Own Authentic Fly Fishing Experience

With top destinations, guided trips, outfitters and guides, and river reports, you have everything you need.