Fly fishing festival celebrates 10 years with great line up

For the 10th year in a row, the Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival will draw anglers from around the region to Ennis for two days of informational seminars, contests and celebrations.

This year’s festival is going to contain some traditional favorites, like fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics and how-to seminars. But the festival will also feature some changes, including a revamped fly casting competition, some rod building classes and a seminar on trout food by author Ralph Cutter.

“We’re expecting a very big and very successful festival this year,” said Madison River Foundation executive director Richard Lessner.

The Madison River Foundation puts on the festival every year and as the festival has grown so has its popularity and credibility, Lessner said.

This year, like every year, the festival presents a line-up of speakers who are considered experts in the fly fishing field, including the likes of Craig Matthews, Mike Lawson and Bob Jacklin. This year will also feature a rod design seminar from Howard Croston, Hardy and Grey’s chief rod designer.

Like always the festival will include a bucket raffle and boat raffle along with great food and live music.

The Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival is a big fundraiser for the Madison River Foundation, Lessner said. It gives the organization an opportunity to celebrate fly fishing and also showcase their many projects up and down the Madison River corridor.

Additionally, as the festival grows in popularity around the region and the country, it serves to bring people to Ennis and experience the vibrant small-town atmosphere the community has to offer, he said.

The schedule for the festival can be found online at


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