Parks' Fly Shop: Books by and about Our Staff, Shop, and Flies

Parks' Fly Shop: Books by and about Our Staff, Shop, and Flies

Richard Parks and Walter Wiese are both avid readers and writers. Combined, they've authored or co-authored six books on fly fishing, all focusing at least partially on fly fishing Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Only one of these books is now out-of-print. This page provides introductions to these books, as well as information on how to purchase them. The books are listed in order of publication date, oldest to most recent.

In addition to the following books, our shop and/or our flies have been featured in many other books about fly fishing the Yellowstone area, ranging from dedicated angling and fly tying guidebooks to general tourist handbooks.

Tying & Fishing the West's Best Dry Flies

Tying and Fishing the West's Best Dry Flies

Richard coauthored this fly tying and fishing manual with Bob Wilson in the late 1970s. It went through two editions before going out-of-print. It can still be found at reasonable prices in used bookstores, on Amazon, and on ebay.

According to Richard: "I really hadn’t put any thought into becoming an author until my friend Bob Wilson, then a California State Senator, proposed the idea and came to the table with a plan and contacts in the publishing world. It reflects the then state of the art in tying methods, materials, patterns, and fly fishing tackle and in the end became a three way collaboration between Bob, myself, and R. Valentine Atkinson who applied his photographic genius to illustrating the fly tying. It is useful for learning basic and classical tying techniques."

Fishing Yellowstone National Park: Third Edition

Cover of Fishing Yellowstone National Park, Third Edition.

Richard Parks' book Fishing Yellowstone National Park is now in its third edition. Originally published by Falcon Guides, it is now put out by The Lyons Press.

This book serves a somewhat different function than all the other Yellowstone fishing guides out there. Richard is the first to admit that the book is lacking in fly and hatch information, but despite the title it isn't intended as a fishing guide in the sense of many others. Instead, it focuses on describing in precise detail how to access almost every piece of water in the Park that's worth fishing, including both road and trail mileage down to the nearest tenth of a mile and frank discussions of the difficulty of any hiking involved. It also provides accurate descriptions of what kind of fish and what kind of water characters you'll find on a given stream and suggestions on tactics, and doesn't sugercoat things if the fish are small or way too smart for their own good or the crowds of anglers are thick. When combined with the hatch charts and river and stream descriptions in our How To Site, or with Walter's e-book Fly Fishing Yellowstone Country, the book gives a thorough introduction to Yellowstone's fish and fisheries, though you should still call us for current conditions.

You can purchase the book from Amazon, but if you buy it from us for slightly more money you get a personalized autograph from Richard.

Yellowstone Country Flies: The Fly Patterns of Parks' Fly Shop

Cover of Yellowstone Country Flies, a fly fishing book by Walter Wiese

Walter's first book was published in May 2013 and is now in its third printing (first edition). It provides everything you need to know about tying roughly fifty of Parks' Fly Shop's custom fly patterns, plus color variations. It also includes information on the fly designers, some notes on our fly design philosophies, and additional resources for anglers interested in tying their own flies for Yellowstone National Park. The book can be ordered by calling the shop. The price is $23.95 plus shipping.

River Characters: Deep Thoughts and Shallow Stories about Fly Fishing

Cover of River Characters, a fly fishing book by Walter Wiese

River Characters is a collection of essays and stories about fly fishing. Join Walter on fly fishing adventures ranging from chasing carp from a sinking boat in the Ozarks to seeking bull trout in Washington. Hunt for evidence of the elusive Trout Gods or just fall-run brown trout. In these 22 essays and stories, longtime fly fishing guide and outdoor writer Walter Wiese relates these tales and more and ruminates on the deep (and shallow) questions of fly fishing. Print versions of the book can be ordered directly by calling the shop. The price is $10.95 plus shipping. The book is also available in e-book and paperback formats from Amazon. River Characters has topped the Amazon Fishing list on several occasions since its publication in December, 2014.

Fly Fishing Yellowstone Country

Cover of Fly Fishing Yellowstone Country, a fly fishing book by Walter Wiese

Fly Fishing Yellowstone Country is an e-book guide to fly fishing Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone region in southern Montana, including the Yellowstone River and its tributaries, the Madison and Gallatin Rivers and their tributaries, and the upper Missouri River. It is the most recent book covering these areas in detail and is the only one available in a low-priced e-book edition.

Fly Fishing Yellowstone Country serves as a good companion book to Richard's book noted above, since this book provides abundant hatch and fly pattern information as well as covers fishing tactics, but focuses less on access.

Purchase Fly Fishing Yellowstone Country in Kindle format from Amazon.

25 Best National Parks to Fly Fish

Cover of 25 Best National Parks to Fly Fish

Walter wrote the North Yellowstone chapter of this large-format book discussing the best American national parks for fly fishing. You can purchase it from Amazon.


Parks' Fly Shop

PO Box 196 or 202 Second Street South

Gardiner, MT 59030

Phone: (406) 848-7314

Current Hours: 9AM-5PM Daily, 10AM-4PM Sundays, Occasional Closures

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