Parks' Fly Shop: Yellowstone and Montana Fishing Links

Links

The following links are organized by category. If you've got a link you think we should add, let us know. Please no commercial inquiries, save those from friends of ours.


General Gardiner, Montana, and Yellowstone Links

General Information

Lodging

  • Reviews of Gardiner Lodging at Trip Advisor.
  • Yellowstone National Park Lodges, operated by Xanterra, the concessionaire responsible for all motels, hotels, and cabins within Yellowstone Park
  • Yellowstone National Park Campgrounds and Camping Information
  • Gardiner Guesthouse: Our affiliated B&B, owned by Richard and Nancy Parks.
  • Yellowstone River Motel: Walter Wiese's father stays here. This is the closest motel lodging option to our shop and offers good foot access to the Yellowstone and Gardner Rivers.
  • Absaroka Lodge and Big Rock Inn: Both the Absaroka (pronounced Ab-sore-ohka, as far as we can tell) and the Big Rock Inn are owned by one of our regular clients, a Gardiner local.
  • Many other lodging options are available, ranging from motels to rental cabins to campgrounds. Please check the Gardiner Chamber of Commerce website for all of them. We do suggest you choose an option that's locally owned if possible. We also encourage our guests to AVOID vacation rentals (VRBO and AirBNB), since such establishments have gutted the local housing market and made it very difficult for our staff to find affordable housing. Most lodging in Gardiner fills up quickly, so don't put off your reservations.

Dining

Conservation Links

Organizations

Protecting Your Fisheries

  • Protect Your Waters: information on cleaning and disinfecting wading gear to prevent the transport of aquatic hitchhikers.

Area Fly Fishing Links

Licensing and Regulations

Local Private Fisheries

Note that many local private fisheries (especially ranch lakes) lack websites and must be booked through a fly shop or outfitter.

Streamflow, Snowpack, and Water Clarity Links

  • Montana Streamflow Gauges: of particular note are the Upper Missouri and Upper Yellowstone drainages. E-mail us if you need to know how to read these tables. Generally speaking, sudden spikes mean dirty water. On the Yellowstone, flows over about 10,000cfs in May, June, or early July mean the spring runoff is underway and the river is and will be unfishable for a while. On the Missouri at Hauser or Holter Dam, flows over about 6,000cfs make fishing on foot nearly impossible, though you can always fish from a boat.
  • Montana Snowpack Information: Use this map (and the next) to keep track of winter snowpack, which is the primary driver of our water year. Higher-than-average snowpack generally means higher, colder streamflows in the core summer season (good), but can make for a long spring runoff on waters impacted by the spring melt (bad). Lower-than-average numbers mean an early start to the summer season (good) but low, challenging water levels and potentially warm water temperatures in mid-late summer (bad). Our drainage basins are the Upper Yellowstone, Gallatin, Madison, and Missouri Mainstem basins.
  • Wyoming Snowpack Information: River basins in Wyoming that impact our summer water (by flowing north into Montana) are the Yellowstone and Madison-Gallatin basins in the far northwest corner of the state.

General Fly Fishing Links

Our Friends

  • Murray's Fly Shop: we have no idea how many customers Harry Murray has sent us over the years. Visit his shop on the Shenandoah.
  • Streamside Orvis: ergo for Streamside Orvis in Traverse City. They are the only place besides our store where you can get our custom Magic Sauce Fly Floatant.
  • Curtis-Wright Outfitters: The boys from Curtis-Wright in Asheville, NC bring us out a large group that fishes with us every year. Check them out if you're looking to fish western NC or eastern TN.

Fly Tying/Fishing Resources

  • Fly Anglers Online: Fly fishing forum. Walter posts as "Longs for Cutts." Lots of good fly recipes get posted here.
  • The Fly Fishing Forum's Rocky Mountain Boards: Another good forum where Walter posts. Also check the other boards on this site.
  • Trout Nut: lots of great info on aquatic insect entomology.
  • Youtube is probably the single best resource available nowadays for fly tying help (besides personalized instruction and practice). Many locals post videos, including Walter, Doug, and others associated at least tangentially with our shop.

Parks' Fly Shop

PO Box 192 or 202 Second Street South

Gardiner, MT 59030

Phone: (406) 848-7314

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